The Iliad (Bk 6, line 461)

Now’s the time for killing!  Later at leisure,

strip the corpses up and down the plain!

 

Psycho moment!  It seems like everyone in this book (and as a matter of fact the past few) has had a thirst for blood.  I mean, if I unexpectedly walked up to someone on the street and said, “Now’s the time for killing!”, I might get arrested!  The quote was a sassy way of teasing everyone for talking about things and their histories instead of actually fighting.  If you were in a war, and everyone started pouring coffee and talking about their childhood memories, wouldn’t you be upset.  I’m not completely sure about the rest of the quote, “Later to leisure”, but it seems that he is saying that they could talk later, while they are dragging around corpses.  Um… Ewww.  I don’t know about you, but both talking while fighting to the death and talking while dragging around dead corpses sound like horrible options.

-Paulie 🙂

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One thought on “The Iliad (Bk 6, line 461)

  1. “Later to leisure” means that, very simply, they will restfully spend their time later. You where pretty much correct. Also, if I were there, I would be drinking tea, not coffee. But then again, the Greeks drink coffee.

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