Friday, July 09, 2004

As I closed McCourt's 'Tis, I looked left from my faux leather rocking chair, saw a copy of Ovid's Metamorphoses, and pulled it out. I checked the passage on Curran, wondered why he left out Ovid. Well, he left out Sappho too. And Herodotus. Oh well.

Glancing through Ovid, I learned that he tells many Greek and Roman myths. And he includes a brief account of the war against Troy, including the account of how the 1000 ships were turned aside by a storm, and what omen the men saw in a tree with eight nested birds, which are beset by "a hungry dragon."

Was it in the Iliad that I had read that it was a snake, who was then seized by an eagle?


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