up to 374: this reminds us how horrible and savage the cyclops is (vomiting man flesh is an especial taunt). this is particularly unusual in the homeric world where usually everything is excellent, fine, strong etc. by reminding us of the cyclops' wrong doing this ensures that the reader can enjoy the triumph over the cyclops without feeling sorry for him
think how the cyclops is described at all, all his qualities, when compared to what qualities the Greek culture so value, also shows how very different and savage this cyclops is and to ensure the listeners hate him.
I also think it's interesting, that he doesn't say directly anywhere that the Cyclops has only one eye, he assumes everyone knows that.
Thucydides wrote:General: this passage is the climactic action of the book and summarises the whole conflict between the civilised and the uncivilised in this book (and in this section (books 9-12)).
Thucydides wrote:* a slight reference to the future joke on "metis" line 377?
* some parallels with arming scenes before aristeia / duels in the iliad.. but which ones?
***Is there intentional assonance on lin 383? there are a lot of "ei" "e" and "r"s. if so, to what effect? to mirror the steady slow pushing in of the stake? or the noise of the eyeball as it is punctured?
inconsistency of bronzesmith tmepering iron suggests homeric modification of a traditional simile.
**oh and i almost forgot metre! im not veyr good on meter. ive scanned it and i cant find much noteworthy in this passage but im sure it's there.
wmwksen (395) is perhaps a spondee to draw it out or match the long groan of the cyclops. can anyone see any other interesting bits of meter?
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