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heather.lewis

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Posted - 29 Aug 2009 :  16:25:03  


Hi there, I was wondering if anyone could help me with where I could find a greek version of the text - "be strong, saith my heart; I am a soldier; I have seen sights worse than this" - which is from the 11th book of the Iliad. Many thanks


 

George

Greece
615 Posts

Posted - 30 Aug 2009 :  01:44:37  

 

Check the 11th book of the Iliad.

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heather.lewis

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Posted - 30 Aug 2009 :  13:20:22  

 

Hi, thanks for letting me know! It is actually from a fictional book so I guess they made it up, it says its when Odysseus is alone on enemy territory but I guess it all could have been made up. many thanks.

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Aristokles

USA
44 Posts

Posted - 09 Sep 2009 :  23:41:18  

 

Is it in the Odyssey?

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noam

1 Posts

Posted - 02 Jan 2013 :  14:48:17  

 

I don't know if anyone will see this but I spent a long time searching for the origin of this quote, so I thought I'd put it here so that if anyone else is looking I can save them the time. Donna Tartt is in fact quoting a line from Homer, but it is from the Odyssey, not the Iliad. It is from book 20, when Odysseus has returned home and is pondering what to do about the suitors in his home. He says to himself (line 18):
τέτλαθι δή, κραδίη: καὶ κύντερον ἄλλο ποτ᾽ ἔτλης. Literally: "Take courage, my heart: you have been through worse than this." So basically, the quote is from Odyssey 20:18, slightly altered, and with a totally different description. But it's real Homer.

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Aristokles

USA
44 Posts

Posted - 02 Jan 2013 :  22:36:54  

 

Thanks, Noam. Yes, your diligence is appreciated (and your post seen- smile).
I kind of suspected it to be in that work but it has been over forty years since I spent serious time in the Odyssey.

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