Sunday, December 19, 2010

warner bros depiction of the epic battle between Achilles and Hector

I really like Troy and I felt It bridged a gap between the Homers book Iliad and the present. I would recommend you read the book first and then watch the movie because I feel as it is just another persons expressive interpretation on Iliad just as Cy Twombly and this website even. 

Cy Twomblys 50 days at ilium

Earlier in the semester I visited the Philadelphia Art museum to view the piece by Cy twombly 50 days at illium It invoked a multitude of reactions one of the first being surprise. I am not familiar with Cy Twomblys pieces and I did not expect to see what I saw upon visiting the museum. Once I got over my initial shock the contemporary style of Cy Twombly began to speak to me his story of Iliad through colors, shapes and style. This is a video of another museum goers reaction to the piece. As you view the pieces you can gauge your own reactions as you reflect on the book Iliad by Homer

Cy Twombly au Musée d'art de Philadelphie from JSDR on Vimeo.

The essence of Friendships/Relationships in Literature

By James Soyemi
Through two semesters of Mosaics, we were introduced to various forms of literature documentary such as Greek mythology, epics, novels, and documentaries. The Epic of Gilgamesh and Iliad are two epics that illustrate and depict how important friendships/relationships are in one’s life. The friendship between Gilgamesh/Enkidu and Achilles/Patroclus signifies the essence of great relationships. Gilgamesh and Enkidu have a non-sexual love relationship, similar to that of Achilles and Patroclus. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, the death of Enkidu was significant to the change in Gilgamesh’s life. As a result of Enkidu’s death, Gilgamesh went on a journey to discover the meaning of life. He wanted eternal life, but Gilgamesh found out he couldn’t get eternal life, he didn’t dwell over it. Gilgamesh used Enkidu’s death as an eye opener and accepted Death. In iliad, Patroclus’s death made Achilles go on his own journey. The journey was to return to the war to avenge his friend’s death. The love Achilles had for Patroclus made him slaughter countless numbers of opposing soldiers. Achilles, who once fought for prizes and honor, used Patroclus’s death as the main reason for fighting again. The connection between both Epics was that friendship can change anyone, even the people with a lot of power in society.