Monthly Archives: January 2014

ILIAD MINOR: THE ANCIENT GREEK EPIC

Little IliadPreviously Balladeer’s Blog examined Cypria and Aethiopis, two of the neglected Greek epics. Cypria recounted the events leading into The Iliad while Aethiopis picked up the tale of the Trojan War after the death and funeral of Hector at the end of The Iliad. The neglected epic I’m examining today is Iliad Minor, the next in line chronologically. The author is speculated to have been either Lesches, Thestorides, Diodoros, Kinaithon or even Homer himself.

ILIAD MINOR – Also called Iliad Mikra and The Little Iliad this neglected epic opens up with the Continue reading

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RELIGIOUS FANATICS AND POLITICAL FANATICS

gimp maskPolitical fanatics are every bit as repulsive as religious fanatics and they’re all determined to force the rest of us to live the way THEY think we should live. The major distinction is that religious fanatics like Muslims and Christians feel empowered to do so by their non-existent deities. On the political side American Liberal fanatics feel empowered to do so by their very real egos. Anybody who values their individuality and Continue reading

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: BALLADEER’S BLOG’S LATEST RANKINGS

USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association) – DIVISION ONE 

Washington Adventist University Shock1. WASHINGTON ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY SHOCK   ###   2. DAEMEN COLLEGE WILDCATS   ###   3. VICTORY UNIVERSITY EAGLES   ###   4. ROCHESTER COLLEGE WARRIORS   ###   5. LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY AT BELLEVILLE LYNX

Concordia (AL) Logo6. CONCORDIA (AL) HORNETS   ###   7. NEWPORT NEWS APPRENTICE SCHOOL BUILDERS   ###   8. TENNESSEE TEMPLE UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS   ###   9. Continue reading

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SEX SYMBOL APRIL HUNTER WITH A NICE SHOUTOUT TO GLITTERNIGHT.COM

April Hunter knows the sexiest people read Glitternight.com

April Hunter knows the sexiest people read Glitternight.com

The beautiful model and actress April Hunter turns heads wherever she goes and is as brainy as she is lovely. April’s innate good taste let her Continue reading

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KOREAN DEITY: TALHAE

King_Kyungsoon_of_Silla_2.jpg (200×233)TALHAE – Also called Tarhae. The wife of King Hamdalpa of Wan-Ha in Yongsong had been married to him for seven years but had yet to produce an heir to the throne. She prayed to the gods for a child and at length she produced a large egg, from which a handsome boy named Talhae emerged.

King Hamdalpa’s advisors told him a child born unnaturally from an egg was a bad omen and that he should get rid of the child. Hamdalpa had the boy placed in a large floating chest along with seven treasures plus a male and female slave. A red dragon arose from the sea to guard the chest, a red dragon sent by a dragon god who was Talhae’s real father. The chest floated at sea for seven days, during which time Talhae grew to adulthood and stood a full nine feet tall.  

Disembarking at Continue reading

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL RESULTS FROM JANUARY 25th

TAMinternationaldustdevilsDUST DEVILS SMOKE THE PATRIOTS – The TEXAS A&M INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY DUST DEVILS took it on the road yesterday against the DALLAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY PATRIOTS and defended their top spot in the Heartland Conference.

The Dust Devils were very much in control throughout the entire game and converted a 41-34 Halftime lead into a 90-71 victory by the time all was said and done. TAMIU improves to 15-4 for the season, 8-1 in Heartland Conference play. The Patriots fall to 6-10 overall, 3-6 in conference play.

Newman JetsHELLO, NEWMAN! – Staying in the Heartland Conference for the moment the NEWMAN UNIVERSITY JETS played host to the UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS OF THE PERMIAN BASIN FALCONS. The Jets trailed at the break by a score of 45-38 and the 2nd Half didn’t look to be going much better at first. However a late run permitted Newman to walk away with a win by a final talley of Continue reading

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THE EVER-SLEAZY OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DESPERATELY PLEADS FOR HOLLYWOOD TO DO OBAMACARE PROPOGANDA

Welcome back to Balladeer’s Blog, the only site on the web that criticizes both Liberals and Conservatives equally. The many disasters brought on by the trainwreck known as Obamacare are well known. If you doubt me just search under “Obamacare disasters” or any similar term and you’ll have thousands of items to choose from. And the latest AP Poll showed that 66% of Americans disapprove of Obamacare.

As always with the unfeeling political hacks of the Obama administration the real-life suffering and financial hardships their policies cause are meaningless to them. All that matters is Continue reading

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AETHIOPIS: THE ANCIENT GREEK EPIC

Death of Penthesilea

Death of Penthesilea

Previously Balladeer’s Blog examined Cypria, the neglected Greek epic myth that dealt with the events leading up to the Trojan War all the way up to Achilles leading the Greek forces in establishing a beachhead at Troy. The Trojan forces were then forced to retreat inside the walls of Troy itself, leaving the outside settlements to be sacked by the Greek forces. This led right into the whole Briseis/Chryseis conflict between Achilles and Agamemnon that opened up The Iliad.

The events of The Iliad are well-known enough that I will skip over a recap of that epic and move on to the very next neglected epic in the cycle: Aethiopis.

AETHIOPIS – This work is often attributed to Arctinus, by some accounts in 776 BCE to coincide with the very first ancient Olympic games. Other sources place it as late as the 740’s BCE. Very little of Aethiopis itself survives, so most of what is known about it comes from Proclus and other – often contradictory – references in ancient writings. The tale begins soon after the death of Hector which marked the end of The Iliad.

Just as the fighting is set to resume following the break in honor of Hector’s funeral the Amazons arrive on the scene to support their allies the Trojans. Needless to say they are very effective in combat and Continue reading

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COOL-NAMED COLLEGE SPORTS TEAM: FAULKNER STATE

Faulkner State Sun ChiefsFAULKNER STATE SUN CHIEFS

Location: Bay Minette, AL

Division: NJCAA

Comment: This excellent institution was founded in 1965 and has additional campuses in Continue reading

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ATROCITIES OF THE 2nd U.S. CIVIL WAR

VICTIMSWelcome back to more of my findings from my fictional role as an archaeologist recovering relics from the future.

Last time I translated the foreward to a history book from roughly 2109 -2120. The book dealt with the Second American Civil War of 2037 – 2039, at which point China became heavily involved and the conflict morphed into the Third World War.

This time around I was able to finish a fragment of an early chapter of that same book. This chapter was examining the atrocities perpetrated by some of the units from both the left- wing and the right-wing sides of the war. The Liberal fanatics and the Conservative fanatics were both claiming to be the legitimate government of the former United States, if you’ll recall. Here are the latest lines I was able to translate from the dominant Earthly language of the 22nd Century. 

” In the final third of the 20th Century the Continue reading

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