(urth) Hera and Sphinx / achilles
rasputin_ at hotmail.com
Sun Apr 2 06:21:39 PDT 2006
Another possibility is the fact that wrestling is sport, not war, and thus
perhaps only secondarily in the realm of Ares - the techniques necessary to
win a wrestling match are not entirely the same as the ones you would need
to kill or incapacitate an opponent in battle.
As far as the lineage comments go, I don't see how Hera's statements
establish anything. She is, in a sense, everyone's mother - and thus, as she
says, everyone's mother's mother as well.
> > It seems inappropriate for Hercules to tutor Ares either on wrestling or
> > on the wisdom of throwing a wrestling match.
> > --
> > Jeff Wilson - jwilson at io.com
> > < http://www.io.com/~jwilson >
>Yet this doesn't explain why Latro is explicitly called Pleistorus on two
>separate occasions, whereas Basias, who bested him, is never identified as
>a god, despite the fact that he wins the match.
>Why would Hercules help a mortal, anyway? Why would Odysseus help him take
>out three people? Once he hears the advice of Hercules, he is able to
>implement it. If Hercules gave someone who wasn't born to be a warrior
>advice, they would still lose the match, no matter how good the advice was.
> You can tell someone how Mike Tyson fights, but it isn't easy to hear
>someone else and to just go out there and do it.
>Your first argument, about the conventions of naming someone as a child of
>the gods, is cogent. I don't feel that this one, about it being
>inappropriate for Hercules to tutor a brain damaged Ares, effectively
>weighs one way or the other about the possibility of Latro being, in some
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