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.

 Artwork by Henri Laurens / L’Odyssee. 1952 “Now from his breast into the eyes the ache
of longing mounted, and he wept at last,
his dear wife, clear and faithful, in his arms,
longed for as the sunwarmed earth is longed for by a swimmer
spent in rough water where his ship went down
under Poseidon’s blows, gale winds and tons of sea.
Few men can keep alive through a big serf
to crawl, clotted with brine, on kindly beaches
in joy, in joy, knowing the abyss behind:
and so she too rejoiced, her gaze upon her husband,
her white arms round him pressed as though forever.” - Homer, The Odyssey

Time for some sad news, folks….Ralph Baer, famed creator of the first ever gaming system The Odyssey, has died at the age of 92 as of December 6th.

The ‘Father of Video Games’ has received awards for his breakthrough in interactive gaming and has created some of the coolest toys of all time, and his achievements don’t stop there.  Widely considered a technological genius, Ralph’s mark on the industry will be remembered for ages to come.  Thank you for all you’ve done!

This image depicts an abduction that is referenced in Book 11 when Odysseus states, “A sickly fear gripped me. I ordered my companions to flay and burn the sheep that lay there, their throats cut with the pitiless bronze, and that they pray to the gods, and to mighty Hades and dread Persephone” (11.43-46).

The Rape of Persephone: Persephone is abducted by a Hades in his chariot. An Apulian red-figure volute-krater, ca. 340 BC., Berlin.

From The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Barry B. Powell.

Odysseus: Let’s do the thing.

Eurylochus: Don’t do the thing.

Crew: We’re gonna do the thing!

Eurylochus: Remember that time he said to do the thing and then we did the thing and then half of us got eaten alive? Remember that?

Crew: ….

Odysseus: No. No one remembers that. 

Eurylochus: ….

Everyone: *does the thing*

- The Odyssey, Book 10, Lines 421-448