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On Translation, Performance, and the Epic

It’s Epic

From their show description:

We explore the beauty of language, classic and contemporary with Dr. Stanley Lombardo, a translator of classics like the Illiad and Aeneid. Listen even if classic Latin and Greek epics aren’t familiar to you. If nothing else, listen for the first twenty minutes to hear Dr. Lombardo recite poetry in classical Greek. The sound itself will demonstrate the importance of our topic. Topics include the art of translation, Homeric legends, Virgil, Zen Buddhism, and poetry in general. B-Sides are in depth discussions with professors and professionals about the beauty and importance of their callings.

There are many helpful insights on translation and applicable to those of us whose vocation is preaching and teaching the Scriptures.

EP004 Rick Riordan “The Lost Hero”

The ancient gods of Greece and Rome were powerful . . . and annoying. They influenced the lives of humanity, often in petty ways. They were licentious, having intercourse with mortals and thereby giving rise to offspring that were half-human and half-god. Demigods. One of the most famous is of course Hercules. But there were many others. Zeus kept many human consorts, as did most of the other gods.

Now what if, just what if, these gods still existed today? What if they lived in America and toyed with the affairs of Americans? What if the titanic struggles between the gods still happened? What would Zeus look like as American? What if the gods still had to defend Olympus from invaders? What if demigods still lived among us?

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Edition Reviewed:

The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, Book 1)

Links of Interest:

The Son of Neptune [The Heroes of Olympus Book 2]

Other books by Rick Riordan mentioned in the podcast

Wikipedia on Steampunk

The Greek Myths: Complete Edition (Robert Graves)

This Author points out the differences between the Percy Jackson and Lost Hero. Evidently the Percy Jackson/Olympian series is 1st person rather than third.

Interesting resource with some decent tools for analyzing the book.

Our Next Review: Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels