Monday, June 25, 2018

Wine Dark Sea



12mm by 12mm - Mosaic gold, smalti in sterling silver
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Once upon a time, I studied Homer, pretty much the Bible of Classics literature, both in English translation and in ancient Greek. One of my favourite romantic poetic expressions he used was "wine dark sea". The literal expression, however, is wine faced sea. Modern scholars have varying ideas of what this could in fact mean, as seas, as you know, are not red. I don't know that lovely, evocative expression needs to be anything more than just that, an evocative expression. And on a dark night, moonless, the vast expanse of the Aegean sea does seem as if it could be filled with wine. Or maybe that's just the wine talking. 

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