Onions (was Re: DWJ birthday card(s))
hallieod at indigo.ie
Fri Aug 20 06:59:45 EDT 2004
> > Hopefully the words 'displacement activity' will be sufficient and I
>> won't need to give detailed descriptions of my attempts to find
>> mention of Odysseus eating an onion.
><perks up at the sign of the words 'displacement activity'> I wonder
>whether Perseus (online classical database) has a searchable Odyssey in
>English? Or I suppose I could search the Greek but I don't think their
>search function is all that good at finding all the different cases,
Well, happy to have provided you with displacement activity
possibilities, but I don't think you need do the English search!
Now, I suppose teaching myself enough Greek to do the search in Greek
as well would be a displacement activity of epic proportions
(sorry!), but that sounds a little overboard (sorry again!) in the
> > Anyway, the only onion I could
>> find which goes near someone's mouth was in the Iliad rather than the
>> Odyssey and has nothing to do with Odysseus, but is far weirder than
>> anyone's having an onion in a boat. It's the 'Pramneian wine' served
>> for Nestor - a delightful mixture of wine, grated goat's milk cheese
>> and barley. And 'onion to go with the drinking'. Yum. (Circe also
>> makes the drink but there's no mention of the onion, which is a bit
>> of a relief.)
>Eep. Maybe it was a little cocktail onion on a stick?
Yeah. I was also wondering whether there was an alternate tradition
of Odysseus' sticking the cocktail onions in his ears to get by the
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