Saturday, October 15, 2011


Either there are Greeks in hiding, 
Concealed by the wood,
Or it’s been built as a machine 
To use against our walls . . .
Or it hides some other trick: 
Trojans, don’t trust this horse
Whatever it is, I’m afraid of Greeks
Even those bearing gifts.

From A. S. Kline's translation of Virgil's Aeneid.

The Aeneid is the national epic of Rome -- it's one part Iliad and one part Odyssey.  Its opening line -- "Arma virumque cano" ("Of arms and the man I sing") gave George Bernard Shaw the title for his 1894 play, Arms and the Man.

Virgil (which is short for Publius Vergilius Maro) was born on this date in 70 B.C. 

From the movie "Troy" (2004)

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