Wednesday, August 25, 2021


Direct Revelation

Homer, Iliad 24.220-224 (tr. Peter Green):
If anyone else on earth had been urging me thus—
whether seers divining from sacrifices, or priests—
we'd call it a lie and have nothing to do with it!
But now, since I heard the goddess and saw her face myself,
I’m going—her word won't be wasted.

εἰ μὲν γάρ τίς μ᾽ ἄλλος ἐπιχθονίων ἐκέλευεν,
ἢ οἳ μάντιές εἰσι θυοσκόοι ἢ ἱερῆες,
ψεῦδός κεν φαῖμεν καὶ νοσφιζοίμεθα μᾶλλον·
νῦν δ᾽, αὐτὸς γὰρ ἄκουσα θεοῦ καὶ ἐσέδρακον ἄντην,
εἶμι καὶ οὐχ ἅλιον ἔπος ἔσσεται.
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