ANTEIA- ANCIENT GREEK COMEDY

Hetaera 3Anteia was written by the comic poet Philyllius. This comic poet’s career seems to have spanned approximately from the 410s BCE to 390 BCE. One of his comedies won 1st prize at a Lenaea festival in the 390s and he won 1st prize at an unknown Dionysia. His fellow comedian Strattis credited him with being the first Attic Old Comic to use real torches on stage.

My favorite random line from Philyllius’ fragments: “The most important element of health is to breathe clean and unsullied air.”

THE PLAY  

ANTEIA – This comedy was an example of the sub-genre of Attic Old Comedy called Hetaera Plays. The term hetaera is often lazily translated as “prostitute” but the reality was a bit more complex. I’ve always felt that “kept woman” would be a better way to capture the concept. Hetaerae (plural) did NOT walk the streets and were not just for quickies like the lower-level prostitutes. They had their own luxurious digs with the expenses being footed by whichever wealthy man was enjoying bedroom privileges at the moment. Continue reading

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FAQ’s ON ISLAM’S HOMOPHOBIA AND MISOGYNY

Islamophobia posterMuslim Violence Awareness Year continues. Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog know I’m a non-believer in all of the world’s religions. Most religious practitioners are able to deal with that though some show varying degrees of anger. There is only ONE religion here in the 21st Century that retains the large-scale superstitious savagery of centuries past and that is Islam. I could literally fill this blog every single day with nothing but article after article about Muslim atrocities but the horror of it all would be overwhelming.

At any rate this is the time of year to focus on the fact that there is no god named Allah and Muhammad was a false prophet. It’s also a good time of year to focus on FAQ’s about the most homophobic and misogynistic religion in the world at this particular point in history.

Q: Are you one of those cowardly non-believers who will only criticize Christianity while giving Islam a free pass?

A: No, I criticize all religions and regard them all as fascinating mythology that should never be taken literally. Muslims are the only ones who violently insist their religion should be above that sort of criticism.

Islam is slavery

THIS HAUNTING IMAGE STRIKES RIGHT TO THE CORE OF THE HATRED THAT IS ISLAM.

Q: Isn’t it, like, mean ‘n’ stuff to criticize somebody’s religion?

A: No, it’s only rational to subject all of the world’s religions to criticism and satirical irreverence. Other religions, especially Christianity, have to put up with it on a daily basis and their practitioners may complain but they remain civilized and don’t kill anybody or burn down buildings or launch riots over it. Islam and Islam alone reacts in this barbaric and unacceptable way which does nothing but make people despise and distrust Islam even more than they already do.

Q: Did you start to feel this way after the September 11th attacks?

A: No, I felt this way about all religions including Islam years before September 11th, 2001. Back then I was still considered a Liberal and even Liberals would criticize Islam along with other faiths. After the 9-11 attacks American Liberals proved what cowardly hypocrites they were by dropping to their bellies and crawling for Islam while bashing the hell out of Christianity. I’ll never be a Conservative, but I don’t ever want anyone to think that I’m a Liberal given what they’ve turned into. 

Islam for quoteQ: Is there anything that would make Democrats condemn Islam’s homophobia and misogyny the same way they condemn it in other religions?

A: No. Democrats are incapable of that kind of courage and integrity. They’re only good at taking stands on issues that are now safe, like condemning blatant racism and sexism, and pretending that those are still brave stands to take. Besides, you could argue that if they were really opposed to racism and sexism they would speak out on the bigotry of Islam, too.

Q: But is it really the rest of the world’s business to criticize Islam’s treatment of women and gay people?

A: Yes. For the same reason it was the rest of the world’s business to pressure South Africa to end Apartheid. The American Left was vocal about that issue, but hey, that’s because the pro-Apartheid forces in South Africa didn’t roam the globe blowing up people, derailing trains or piloting planes into the sides of buildings. If they had you can bet the American Left’s reaction would have been to drop to their bellies and crawl like they do for Islam, all the while pretending they are taking a “principled stand” about not forcing external values on another culture. Continue reading

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS FROM BALLADEER’S BLOG

Via the Glitternight Index:

Iowa Western CollegeNJCAA  1. IOWA WESTERN COLLEGE REIVERS    ###    2. EAST MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE LIONS (Defending National Champions)    ###    3. BLINN COLLEGE BUCCANEERS    ###    4. NORTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA A&M GOLDEN NORSEMEN    ###    5. NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE RANGERS    ###   

Garden City Broncbusters6. GARDEN CITY COLLEGE BRONCBUSTERS    ###    7. SNOW COLLEGE BADGERS    ###    8. SCOTTSDALE COLLEGE FIGHTING ARTICHOKES (yes, really)    ###    9. HUTCHINSON COLLEGE BLUE DRAGONS    ###    10. ARIZONA WESTERN COLLEGE MATADORS    ###    Continue reading

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN MOVIES: AN INFOGRAPHIC

Brian Thomas, a contributing author over at Enlightened-Digital kindly provided this entertaining look at A Century of AI in films. Thank you, Brian! Have a look:

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THREE ANCIENT GREEK COMEDIES WITH “PROFESSIONAL ACCUSERS”

AristophanesBalladeer’s Blog frequently examines ancient Greek comedies written by Aristophanes, Cratinus, Eupolis and others. Recently I was put in mind of the way those comedians often satirized the “professional accusers” in the political and legal forums of ancient Athens. 

Demagogues like Cleon and Hyperbolus and others often used “professional accusers” against their political opponents. These figures -called sycophantes by the ancient Athenians – are often termed “informers” in many translations of Greek comedies but I feel the word accuser is more accurate. These “professional accusers” would hurl scandalous accusations at their secret patron’s political foes, blackening their name in the public’s eyes and often causing them to face court costs, etc. (In English, sycophant has come to mean groveling toady and flatterer but back then the word carried a different meaning.)

Here are three examples: Continue reading

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FIJIAN GOD ROKOMAUTU

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Fiji IslandsROKOMAUTU – A son of the supreme deity Ndengei by his sister. This deity was born from his mother’s elbow as another example of birthing oddities in world mythology. Rokomautu was so headstrong he tried to force even his own parents to worship him. 

Rokomautu falls into the mythological category that Balladeer’s Blog’s readers will remember as a Divine Geographer. When Ndengei first created the world the land was featureless, so he sent his son Rokomautu to provide character. The god sculpted the Earth’s various geographic features. Continue reading

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LINKAPALOOZA: SEPTEMBER 17th

mascot new look donkey and elephant headsA TERRIFIC LOOK AT THE NEED TO PROTECT POLITICAL SPEECH FROM THE TECH OLIGARCHS – A great read and very appropriate. Click HERE

FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT VIOLENCE WANT ACTION – America’s corporate media love to ignore the countless victims of illegal immigrant crimes as well as their loved ones. (Unless they say ONLY what the Democrats want them to say, like Tibbets’ father). Click HERE 

A REFLECTION ON THE WEST COAST AND A REMINDER THAT HILLARY CLINTON’S CAMPAIGN LAUNDERED EIGHTY-FOUR MILLION DOLLARS – Years ago I used to support Hillary but as it turned out she embodied political corruption and underhanded ways of funneling what was basically bribe money through her fake charity. This article is worth reading for the Hillary bits alone. Click HERE

John McCain mad bomberANOTHER COLUMN POINTING OUT HOW REPUBLICAN JOHN “LET’S FIGHT WARS ALL OVER THE WORLD” MCCAIN WAS CALLOUS ABOUT PEOPLE DYING IN THE WARS STARTED BY HIM AND HIS PALS IN THE MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX – But people who claim to hate American Interventionism and Cowboy Diplomacy praised McCain simply because he took cheap shots at Trump. Click HERE 

BECAUSE THERE ARE STILL SOME GULLIBLE FOOLS WHO PRETEND GOOGLE DOESN’T ABUSE ITS INFLUENCE – I will say again that Google, Twitter, Facebook and their fellow techno-fascists need to be made public utilities because of their blatantly partisan way of abusing their influence. Click HERE  Continue reading

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