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!

ACHILLES

                                           - Quotations from Literature

‘Sing, Goddess, the wrath of Peleus’ son Achilles, a destroying wrath which brought upon the Achaeans myriad woes, and sent forth to Hades most valiant souls of heroes.’ - Homer, The Illiad

‘But you, Achilles, There is not a man in the world more blest than you– There never has been, never will be one. Time was, when you were alive, we Argives,  honoured you as a god, and now down here, I see You Lord it over the dead in all your power. So grieve no more at dying, great Achilles.’ - Homer, The Odyssey  

‘When he died, all things soft and beautiful and bright would be buried with him’ - Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles

‘We were like Gods at the dawning of the world.’ - Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles

‘He is a weapon, a killer. Do not forget it. You can use a spear as a walking stick, but that will not change its nature.’ - Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles

‘There is no glory in death to me, shining Odysseus! By the gods, I’d rather slave on earth for another man– Some dirt-poor serf who scrapes to keep alive—than rule down here over all the breathless dead.’ - Homer, The Odyssey

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

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.

Modern Mythology: Odysseus and the Sirens

Come this way, honored Odysseus, great glory of the Achaians, and stay your ship, so that you can listen here to our singing; for no one else has ever sailed past this place in his black ship until he has listened to the honey-sweet voice that issues from our lips; then goes on, well-pleased, knowing more than ever he did; for we know everything that the Argives and Trojans did and suffered in wide Troy through the gods’ despite. Over all the generous earth we know everything that happens.