Wednesday, July 25, 2007


Mostly from the Louvre - near the end, the fountain in the Luxembourg gardens commissioned by Marie de' Medici.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Oracles and prophets

The liberties taken with the text of the Bible are astonishing, especially when you consider the integrity of many pagan texts. The texts of Aristophanes or Sappho or even Homer seem to have been considered far more sacred by the Greeks than ‘God’s word’ was by the Judahites and Christians. The difference, of course, is that one is playful art and the other is potent prophecy, and far too important, therefore, not to be interfered with. Only despotism could confer cogency on such a dodgy-looking collection.
From a review in the London Review of Books by James Davidson that delineates the roles of oracles and prophets in the ancient world, with some interesting contrasts between the Hebrew prophets and the "mantises" of the Greeks.