Book 5, Part 4.1: The Melodrama of Aphrodite

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I’ll have more to say about Aphrodite in the future – – I may even put together a post for her later this month if I’m able to make the time for it, UGH jobs getting in the way of comic-making – – BUT I will say I love how Athena made Ares sit on a riverbank and he’s just sitting there, his horses nearby, his spear resting against a magical cloud of mist, relaxing, as a war is going on. I’m not entirely sure why Ares listens to Athena or why he is so easily distracted from the war (I have him staring fixedly at his biceps, but that’s my interpretation). I have my theories, but that involves my theories on Athena, which would need a post of its own.

ANYWAY. I hope you have a good day lovelies. *throws confetti and fairie dust*


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Brighid’s Prank

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FIRST OFF: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

SECOND OFF: I was looking up Roman holidays, because being the nerd that I am I try to pay attention to these things and I found out there was a celebration to Dionysos/Bacchus in March called the Lupercalia. I was trying to figure out what date it would line up with with the modern calendar and it turns out it would probably have started 16 March in the evening and continued on into 17 March, which, as many of you know,  is the supposed birth date of St. Patrick and when many people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by getting super smashed drunk and eating and having parades – not entirely unlike the ancient Lupercalia. So, of course, immediately my brain imagined this scene.

Have a good day lovelies! 😀


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Book 5, Part 3.1: The Death of Pandarus

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I love Diomedes response to Sthenelus, ahahaha… And man, still obsessed with horses.

I have never done close up shots of people’s faces before, so it was kind of odd that I had two this time, but Pandarus’ has become strangely important to me. He is the one that really ends any hope of peace and he tries so hard, but the gods are against him, and his wife is going to hear the news of his death, and it’s just sad times. I do think that there is some symbolism in his death. He has his tongue sheared off and the javelin/spear enters close to his eye. He has great eyesight and used that as part of his bow and arrow skillz and because of this he boasted that he killed Diomedes – not once – but twice. It makes one wonder that if he hadn’t been as boastful would his fate have been different? It’s easy to blame Diomedes or Athena, but the Iliad includes this idea of cause and effect. There is Fate, yes, but your attitudes affect how your Fate plays out. It’s a mixture of Fate and Freewill (unlike, I would say, The Aeneid, but that’s for another day far into the future).

Anyway. Today was short, and Wednesday will be too. It will take some time to get through books 5 and 6, so just be prepared for that. ANYWAYS. Have a good day my lovelies!


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Book 5, Part 2.2: This Here Bow

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My translation uses the phrase “Full Speed Ahead” and it was too perfect I had to steal it. Thank you Stanley Lombardo.

I love Pandarus. He ended up having this random dialect. I honestly thought the introduction to Aeneas would be more momentous since he ends up having a whole epic written about him, but he sort of just appears, pushing his way through the crowd (because, remember, the Trojan soldiers have been retreating and they are really close together against the city wall). And then Pandarus steals the show. But that’s okay. I could have condensed this scene, but I really wanted my little Panda Man to have his moment to shine. We will give him this. Because he will not be given much more. *sniff sniff*


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Book 5, Part 2.1: The Wounding of Diomedes

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I know he’s violent and kills way too many Trojans, but I still love Diomedes. Notice he is still stealing horses. [If, you are curious, the names of the men he is standing on in the last frame are as follows: Astynous, Hypeiron, Abas, Polyidus, Xanthos and Thooan (who were brothers), Echemmon and Chromius (sons of Priam whose horse Diomedes steals).]

Also, Sthenelus amuses me.

ALSO: don’t forget I am changing to Monday & Wednesday postings (which is why this is posted on a Monday).

ALSO ALSO: Have a good day, lovelies!


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Book 5, Part 1.2: The Death of Trojans

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Athena randomly being angry at Ares and pulling him aside seems kind of sudden and odd – – until we remember that Athena just gave the Argives an advantage and wants to be sure Ares doesn’t think to do the same. She wants the Argives to have as much time as possible to kill as many Trojans as possible.

I find Idomeneus to be slightly unhinged and his brother Meriones as being a bit bloodthirsty. I also see both counting the deaths they deal as sacrifices to their gods. I’m not sure why I’m thinking this? I don’t know much about early Crete… But that’s what Idomeneus is doing in the fourth panel, looking up to his god and trying to honour Him with Phaestus’ death. I’m not sure that Phaestus appreciates this…

Honestly, this part of the story I find to be very depressing and I found myself emotional as I drew it. Homer gives us these little windows into the lives of the Trojans who are being killed. The question is why? Are we supposed to feel bad for them? To see their deaths as useless and pointless? Or maybe it’s supposed to make us feel like their deaths are valid. Phereclus has a really horribly painful death – – but he IS the one who made the ships for Paris, so this war is, in some respects, his fault. Pedaeus is an illegitimate son. And yet… Phaestus was just a local Trojan ally. Odios probably was as well. Scamandrios has dedicated himself to Artemis, which means he would have been a young, virgin dude who really had no business being at war. Hypsenor was the son of a priest. Did any of these guys really deserve to die? I think Homer is saying, “Absolutely not.” Which. Is not surprising. The Iliad is usually thought of as a Greek work, because it has come down to us from Greeks. However, Homer is said to be from Lydia. Lydia is in Asia Minor. He was from the same area as Trojans. The Iliad is often way more pro-Trojan than pro-Achaean/Argive/Greek. The Greeks are vicious and bloodthirsty and angry and cruel. The Trojans are merely trying to defend their city.

I think this is especially clear when we consider the final panel. The Argives toil in war, but the Trojans that they have just killed? They are traders and merchants, craftsmen and artisans, farmers and shepherds. They are innocent.


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Book 5, Part 1.1: Diomedes Descends

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I find it interesting that Athena chooses Diomedes to grant special strength to, considering how she is the patron of Odysseus all throughout the Odyssey, one might think that Odysseus gets to be the hero. HOWEVER, Odysseus is less war hero and more tactician, when Diomedes, well, I believe Diomedes is able to more easily connect with the spiritual world. I think he’s the only Argive who would be able to receive the gift Athena gives him – – but this is all conjecture.

ALSO, Phegeus’ brother Idaeus should never have left his brother’s body behind. The fact that Hephaistos is willing to save this coward does NOT leave him in a good light. BUT, I really like that Hephaistos is shown as being compassionate and that we have a glimpse of him grieving. I drew Idaeus to look a bit like Hephaistos in order to show the almost familial connection he has with the god-smith.

ALSO, this is not the first time Diomedes steals horses and it won’t be the last. He is ALWAYS stealing horses. Always. I’m not entirely sure why this is important, but eventually I’ll figure it out and share the information with you.

ALSO, I enjoy Panic and Terror.

As a side note: I’m probably going to shift to posting on Mondays and Wednesdays (with the Occasional Friday), since I’m going to start posting Random Writing Prompts over at the NaomiRuth Facebook page.


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Book 4, Part 1.1: Meanwhile In Olympos

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Annnnnnnd… We’re back! Huzzah! *throws confetti* It has been so long, my lovelies, so long *sobs loudly* *wails and gnashes teeth*

SO. Moving on.

  1. Never mess with Here. Like. For reals. She gets her way, yo.
  2. What’s up with Carthage being mentioned? Did Carthage even exist at this time? Whaaaaaat? If you are asking yourself these questions: this is sort of an inside joke to myself. In The Aeneid (the one by that kid Virgil) Juno/Hera absolutely loves Carthage (although, in attempts to save it, she comes up with a super sketch plan that ends in death and I’m not sure I would call it a success? but whatevs). BUT we know that years and years and years later there will be the Punic Wars, and Hannibal, and it all ends, ultimately, with Carthage being razed to the ground and destroyed forever by Jupiter/Zeus loving Romans. In my mind this is Jupiter/Zeus getting revenge on Juno/Hera for Troy all those years ago. This doesn’t entirely work because Troy is super, super Hittite but shhhhhh…
  3. Athena plays an odd part in this story and I’m not entirely sure what my thoughts are beyond that, but it’s interesting because she’s wayyyyy more important than Ares and spends a lot of time flying around, interacting with Mortals, making things happen. *ponders a moment*

ANYWAY. We have started Book 4! Hooray! *throws more confetti* We will return on Wednesday for Part 1.2: A Fine Fool.


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