The Goriest Fight Scenes from The Iliad, Pt. 1

“The Death of Hector”, by Peter Paul Reubens

The Iliad is a totemic work of early Western literature.

For good reason! It has moments of gorgeously observant poetry, as when Homer describes Achilles as a towering rogue wave rushing across the ocean, or a soldier toppling to his death as an ash-tree shedding its leaves. It’s an…



I write three times a week about tech, science, culture — and how those collide. Writer for NYT mag/Wired; author of “Coders” and “Smarter Than You Think”

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