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Falling for Icarus. A Journey Among the Cretans by Rory MacLean

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By Rory MacLean

On a windy spring morning in an historic Cretan village, Rory MacLean fell to earth. His mom had died a number of months previous and a unmarried obsession had risen from his grief: the inspiration to construct a feather-light flying computer. And so, at the island the place Daedalus and Icarus had made man’s maiden flight, MacLean journeyed again to beginnings, again into the Greek myths, and—with assistance from his Cretan friends and lots of wine—built a aircraft and attempted to fly.

Falling for Icarus is without delay a meditation on love, a party of the fervour for flight, and a hilarious, brilliant portrait of a village. Its beneficiant and exhilarating characters fix MacLean’s religion in existence. via them, he tells a hovering, relocating tale approximately how a dream can remodel sadness.

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G. the Parthenon sculptures other than the Parthenos). In saying that he was all-encompassing, his inconsistency has to be acknowledged as pervasive and unsurprising in a work of such scope. Introduction 37 ask whether a distinction can usefully be drawn between Pausanias' treatment of objects of the pre-Roman and Roman periods. Given that Pausanias is of necessity selective in his descriptions, does the antiquity of an object (in which I include buildings) play any part in his selectivity? 5) — but it is tempting to wonder whether modernity was a negative factor for him.

4-6). 81 If so, it suggests that Pausanias himself did not use the 'approved' archaizing form. The language of literature is most pertinent to Pausanias, and thus to my immediate purpose. Here we have to do with the primary linguistic trend of the Second Sophistic, Atticizing:82 this consists of a 'revival, or attempted revival, of literary Greek as written by the prestigious authors of Classical Athens'. 83 It involved using the grammatical constructions of that place and period and telltale features such as -TT- rather than the contemporary -CTCT-.

G. Aemilius Paullus enslaved 150,000 Epirotes in 167 BC (Plut. Aem. 48 But even if this line is taken as rhetorical rather than historical, the fact that it is only one line is telling, and there is nothing else to suggest conformity with the convention. In his description of the sack of Corinth, therefore, as I shall argue is the case in other respects, Pausanias does not indulge in the sort of sophistic embroidery which would have been possible, and probably expected in other contexts. 3—7). However, it is an account of an event which occurred in 279 BC, and in which the Gauls - barbarians by any ancient standard - were culpable; the likelihood is that Pausanias believed what he tells us, and that he was drawing on an earlier account, 49 rather than regurgitating a conventional account in the manner of one of the progymnasmata he had learned at school.

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