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

Ilyas Khan ilyas.khan at crosby.com
Fri Jun 8 02:31:09 PDT 2007


I have lunch with Charles the other day - and he was carrying a lot of bags
with him !


On 6/8/07 5:55 AM, "Bruce Redwine" <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net> wrote:

> 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.
> 
> Bruce
> 
> -----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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