Sunday, March 20, 2005



Homer, Odyssey 11.538-540 (tr. Richmond Lattimore):
So I spoke, and the soul of the swift-footed scion of Aiakos
stalked away in long strides across the meadows of asphodel,
happy for what I had said of his son, and how he was famous.
The scion of Aiakos is Achilles, and Achilles' son is Neoptolemus. Odysseus, during his visit to the underworld, has been talking with the shade of Achilles.

It's not just fame that gives rise to that emotion. I'm lucky enough to feel that way about my children. I hope my father occasionally has the same feeling about me, and walks with an extra spring in his step across the meadows of asphodel.

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