Sunday, October 22, 2006
A Thousand Ships?
Was this the face that launched a thousand ships?The precise number, according to Homer's catalogue of ships (Iliad, Book 2), was 1,186. Thucydides rounds it up to the nearest hundred (1,200 at 1.10.4).
And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?
But most ancient authorities do say an even thousand (e.g. Vergil, Aeneid 2.198).