Poseidon - Poseidon, Sea Deities, Group Divinities, and...

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Poseidon, Sea Deities, Group Divinities, and Monsters Why the Sea? Maritime trade and travel is important in Greece Sea travel is risky, however, Hesiod's Works and Days- ll. 618-640) But if desire for uncomfortable sea-faring seize you; when the Pleiades plunge into the misty sea (33) to escape Orion's rude strength, then truly gales of all kinds rage. Then keep ships no longer on the sparkling sea, but bethink you to till the land as I bid you. Haul up your ship upon the land and pack it closely with stones all round to keep off the power of the winds which blow damply, and draw out the bilge-plug so that the rain of heaven may not rot it. Put away all the tackle and fittings in your house, and stow the wings of the sea-going ship neatly, and hang up the well-shaped rudder over the smoke. (ll. 641-645) But you, Perses, remember all works in their season but sailing especially. Admire a small ship, but put your freight in a large one; for the greater the lading, the greater will be your piled gain, if only the winds will keep
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2009 for the course TRAD Classical taught by Professor Schon during the Spring '09 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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