[LINK] Iliad cut back for text generation
glen.turner at aarnet.edu.au
Mon Jun 7 18:15:25 EST 2004
On Mon, 2004-06-07 at 16:43, Daniel Rose wrote:
> >Geoffrey Fallows, the president of the Joint Association of Classical
> >Teachers, said: "The Iliad is a complicated story that has
> >difficult and
> >unfamiliar names, so if you know a bit of it through the film or other
> >versions, it will make so much more sense. The present generation
> >communicates all day and all night in this peculiar speak and
> >that is a
> >fact of the modern world."
> >The Telegraph, London
> Um... I'm still alive, why then does that make me not part of the current
To be fair, the teacher probably mean "present generation" as in
"present generation of students I teach".
Do be warned that "Troy" has a vague resemblance at best to Homer's
"Illiad". Some of the characters have the same name. Seeing "Troy" will
not give any great understanding of the "Illiad"; worse, it's positively
misleading in parts.
> When does a generation expire, or even come of age? The idea that the whole
> population should cater to the whims of those with the most disposable cash
> seems somewhat shortsighted.
Well especially since it looks like the Baby Boomers are holding the
disposable cash rather than the younger generation.
I had one of John Howard's "BBQ stopper" discussions at the weekend when
our slightly younger friends calculated that buying a house is now a
multi-generational task. If we had bought ten years later we would be
in the same boat.
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