MANY years ago I chanced to a stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair and engaged in a long and lively conversation at the publishing company Parmenides, where I was bestowed a circular Parmenides promotional mouse pad of such exceptional quality that I still use it today. That pad is in the shape and design you see here at Parmenides, whose books are meanwhile distributed worldwide by the University of Chicago Press.
INDEED, for the philosophers among our readers, we recommend highly To Think Like God, a book from Parmenides by Arnold Hermann which is available in an illustrated as well as scholarly and fully annotated edition.
IN a bit of deja vu coincidence, after following some of the links at the blog orange crate art, which we mention in the previous posting, we found ourselves at Jacket Magazine and Michael Leddy’s review of the Parmenides multi-CD audio publications of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, as translated and read by Stanley Lombardo, and where a “brief synopsis read by Susan Sarandon precedes each episode as a separate track“.
WHAT interested us in terms of law is the following part of Leddy’s review in Jacket Magazine, which relates directly to some of the legal issues we raised concerning punitive damages and the confusion of the roles of criminal and civil law in modern law:
“Like Aeschylus’ Oresteia, in which trial-by-jury supplants revenge-killing, Homer’s poem [The Odyssey] ends with a new god-made means to resolve conflict, as Ithacan culture escapes the spiral of vengeful violence that structures the world of Iliad and has threatened to turn Odyssey 24 into a replay of 22.“
LEDDY is surely one of few people who have identified this crucial law-related aspect of Homer in this clarity.
That law-related aspect of Homer has immediate application to current events.
IS not the major problem today in the Middle East the reactionary status quo of inert cultures who have not learned Homer’s lesson of substituting the RULE OF LAW for primitive and backward vengeance and private retribution?