A Swineherd’s Piety

A Swineherd’s Piety

The swineherd then gave orders to his men: ‘Bring in our best pig for a stranger’s dinner. A feast will do our hearts good too; we know grief and pain, hard scrabbling with our swine, while the outsiders live on our labor.’ Bronze axe in hand, he turned to...

Keeping Faith by Keeping Swine

“Of all Odysseus’ field hands in the old days this forester cared most for the estate; and now Odysseus found him in a remote clearing, sitting inside the gate of a stockade he built to keep the swine while his great lord was gone.” Homer, Odyssey, Bk XIV Eumaeus is a...

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