A Witness Like Homer

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:



Then [Alexander] came to Phrygia. When he reached the river Scamander, into which Achilles had sprung, he leapt in also. And when he saw the seven-layered shield of Ajax, which was not as large or as wonderful as the description in Homer, he said, “Fortunate are you heroes who won a witness like Homer, and who became great as a result of his writings, but in reality are not worthy of what was written about you.” Then a poet came up to him and said, “King Alexander, we shall write better than Homer about your deeds.” But Alexander replied, “I would rather be a Thersites in Homer than Agamemnon in your poetry.”

— The Alexander Romance

About Fabrizio del Wrongo

Recovering liberal arts major. Unrepentant movie nut. Aspiring boozehound.
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