Friday, August 19, 2005

Address to a Commander in Chief

Homer, Iliad 1.148-158 (tr. Samuel Butler):

Achilles scowled at him [Agamemnon] and answered, "You are steeped in insolence and lust of gain. With what heart can any of the Achaeans do your bidding, either on foray or in open fighting? I came not warring here for any ill the Trojans had done me. I have no quarrel with them. They have not raided my cattle nor my horses, nor cut down my harvests on the rich plains of Phthia; for between me and them there is a great space, both mountain and sounding sea. We have followed you, Sir Insolence! for your pleasure, not ours."

Quotation stolen shamelessly from Michael Gilleland at Laudator Temporis Acti. Thanks to MacRaven for bringing it to my attention.

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