Thread: Odysseus bow
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:23 PM
Odesio Odesio is offline
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Originally Posted by Shodan View Post
"Sing in me, o Muse, of the wrath of Achilles". They might have added "and what an asshole he, and everyone else, even the heroes, is towards anyone who isn't aristocracy".
Well, yeah. These aristocrats were the favored of the Gods. After Agamemnon insults Apollo by taking his priest's daughter, who does the son of Zeus and Leto punish? The common soldiers are felled by Apollo's arrows while Agamemnon remains unscathed. There's no concept of equality as we understand it. At least not when it comes to the God's favored and the rest of the people.

As for the strength of the bow. Well, heroes were generally stronger than the rest of the people. When Patroklos picks up a rock and hurls it at Hector's driver, knocking his eyes out, the text describes the missile as being so heavy as to require three "modern" men to even lift the thing.