[ilds] DG Justine -- Durrell, Borges, and Herodotus

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Thu Jun 7 14:55:42 PDT 2007

Amazing guy, this guy Charles Sligh.  Whenever he travels, he carries with him a complete set of the Loeb Classical Library (red and green).  Either that, or he's memorized it all.


-----Original Message-----
>From: slighcl <slighcl at wfu.edu>
>Sent: Jun 7, 2007 1:42 PM
>To: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>, ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Subject: Re: [ilds] DG Justine -- Durrell, Borges, and Herodotus
>On 6/7/2007 5:41 PM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
>>I must say, following Charles's journey across Europe and getting his dispatches from the front, so to speak, are the most interesting thing on the ILDS these days.  I go along with Charles's confluence of allusions and will throw something else into the stew:  Herodotus's account of Cambyses's disastrous campaign in Ethiopia and the loss of another army in a sandstorm (3.25-26).  Those descriptions seem closer to Durrell's.
>Just back from a delightful stew of young rabbit and greens down on the 
>canal.  HET WATERHUIS AAN DE BIERKANT suits me these days.  Gavandum 
>dry-hopping beer is the nice compliment to your rabbit and chips.  Take 
>as necessary in generous measure.  Then take the walk back to the hotel 
>just as the small rain begins, watching the ballerinas from the arts 
>school look to the sky and scatter in their surprise.
>> http://www.waterhuisaandebierkant.be/e2.htm
>Bruce's cast of the planchette feels right.  Herodotus predates any 
>Alexandrian armies on the move, but H's intuitive notion of apocrypha as 
>communicating "true" history  gets at the vision here with Nessim's 
>dreams.  (Let us not question the "Father of Lies" as a possible source 
>for our Old D.)  Cambyses' campaign is indeed a nightmare. 
>>         When they reported all this, Cambyses was angry, and marched
>>         at once against the Ethiopians, neither giving directions for
>>         any provision of food nor considering that he was about to
>>         lead his army to the ends of the earth; [3.25.2] being not in
>>         his right mind but mad, however, he marched at once on hearing
>>         from the Fish-eaters, ordering the Greeks who were with him to
>>         await him where they were, and taking with him all his land
>>         army. [3.25.3] When he came in his march to Thebes, he
>>         detached about fifty thousand men from his army, and directed
>>         them to enslave the Ammonians and burn the oracle of Zeus; and
>>         he himself went on towards Ethiopia with the rest of his host.
>>         [3.25.4] But before his army had accomplished the fifth part
>>         of their journey they had come to an end of all there was in
>>         the way of provision, and after the food was gone, they ate
>>         the beasts of burden until there was none of these left
>>         either. [3.25.5] Now had Cambyses, when he perceived this,
>>         changed his mind and led his army back again, he would have
>>         been a wise man at last after his first fault; but as it was,
>>         he went ever forward, taking account of nothing. [3.25.6]
>>         While his soldiers could get anything from the earth, they
>>         kept themselves alive by eating grass; but when they came to
>>         the sandy desert, some did a terrible thing, taking by lot one
>>         man out of ten and eating him. [3.25.7] Hearing this, Cambyses
>>         feared their becoming cannibals, and so gave up his expedition
>>         against the Ethiopians and marched back to Thebes, with the
>>         loss of many of his army; from Thebes he came down to Memphis,
>>         and sent the Greeks to sail away.
>Now if we imagined Herodotus writing /after /Joseph Conrad, we might 
>have the mix.  (I am thinking of the fever-talk of Kurtz to Marlow.)

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