||[Jul. 11th, 2005|08:02 pm]
We're Classicists and we're bitter...
Has anyone else read Colleen McCullough's The Song of Troy? I got it from the library, did a few chapter skims, freaked, and I'm about to take it back.|
Wanted to know if anyone else had opinions on it, or could explain some of the odd choices that she makes.
-Achilles having epilepsy
-the fight between Achilles and Agammemnon being staged
-Aeneas having an affair with Helen
-Achilles being lipless.
Now, I checked up on that last one, and confirmed that the meaning of the word "Achilles" is lipless. This never really meant anything to me, especially because of "his former name was Ligyron - because he had not applied his lips to a breast."
That seems to imply that Thetis never suckled him. Is there any evidence of her refusing to do so or even abandoning him as an infant?