Russian artist Ruslan Khasanov just released a glittery follow-up to his mesmerizing“Pacific Light” video from a few years ago that captured close-up mixing of ink, oil and soap. The video, titled “Odyssey,” has us just as transfixed as last time…
Odysseus is supposedly this great bloody war hero who’s clever as a fox but let’s just remember that he spends the first five books of the The Odyssey being Calypso’s boy toy, building a boat and immediately getting it wrecked, having his ass saved by a sea nymph, and then the big loser goes the fuck to sleep in a pile of leaves
For the ancient Greeks, papyrus, a paper made from the stalks of the papyrus plant, was the preferred material on which to record permanent writings, such as a marriage contract or, as here, a book. Writing on papyrus was done with a stylus, such as a sharpened reed with a split point or a bronze pen with nib, and ink, usually made of lampblack in water.
This is the first early Ptolemaic fragment of the Odyssey ever discovered. It contains three lines from Book 20 that do not occur in the standard text preserved today and is a physical testimony to the fact that local variations of this famous work existed in the third century B.C.
The most important repository of Homeric texts in the Hellenistic world was at the library of Alexandria, Egypt, the first comprehensive public library ever built, which was founded by the Ptolemaic kings in the early third century B.C. As Homer was the poet par excellence, his work was central to the library’s collections, which contained copies of the Homeric poems from many different city-states, including Chios, Argos, and Sinope. One of the first endeavors of the Alexandrian scholars was to establish a standard text for these most cherished works of Greek literature.
Behold the awesomeness that is highlights from Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey depicted using LEGOs. The poem mainly centers on the Greek hero Odysseus and his ten-year-long journey home after the fall of Troy. Master builders from the VirtuaLUG online LEGO User Group teamed up to create this phenomenal build, which was displayed at the 2014 Brickworld convention.
OKAY BUT HEAR ME OUT. CAN WE MAKE A TV SERIES OF THE ILIAD AND THE ODYSSEY? THERE’S ENOUGH MATERIAL FOR LIKE AT LEAST FIVE SEASONS. THEY COULD DO THE MORTALS ON THE GROUND AND THE GODS ON OLYMPUS AND EVERYONE WOULD JUST BE BICKERING AND FIGHTING AND FUCKING AND FALLING IN LOVE AND PEOPLE WOULD EAT THAT SHIT UP, WHY HAS NOBODY DONE THIS.