Trambopoline! As Homer would say (no, the other Homer)

Will Brad Pitt really take another stab at Homer…in a movie set in space?

Brad Pitt & George Miller Team on The Odyssey
Source: Variety October 17, 2008

After turning Homer’s epic poem “The Iliad” into the 2004 film Troy, Warner Bros. and Brad Pitt are teaming with George Miller to adapt the Greek poet’s other masterwork, “The Odyssey.”

I can’t tell if I should be excited or horrified, so in honor of the Simpsons neologism in this post’s title, I declare myself exictified at the prospect of this movie.

Their intention is to transfer the tale to a futuristic setting in outer space.

Variety says Warner Bros. has quietly set up The Odyssey, and the early hope is that Pitt will star and Miller will direct, with Pitt’s Plan B producing.

Both Homer poems dealt with the Trojan War; “The Odyssey” focused on the exploits of Odysseus, who hatched the idea to build the Trojan Horse. “The Odyssey” deals with his long journey home after he declines to become a god.

I can’t tell if I’m excited or horrified at the thought of this movie. So, in honor of the Simpsons neologism in the title of this post, I declared myself “excitified”.

Library Envy Alert!

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This is not strictly classical, but I have a serious case of invidia bibliothecae for internet entrepreneur Jay Walker’s personal library:

Nothing quite prepares you for the culture shock of Jay Walker’s library. You exit the austere parlor of his New England home and pass through a hallway into the bibliographic equivalent of a Disney ride. Stuffed with landmark tomes and eye-grabbing historical objects—on the walls, on tables, standing on the floor—the room occupies about 3,600 square feet on three mazelike levels. Is that a Sputnik? (Yes.) Hey, those books appear to be bound in rubies. (They are.)

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Visiting Troy

I just discovered (via rogueclassicism) this article in the New York Times on a visit to the site of ancient Troy.

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As it happened, our two-week visit to Turkey afforded a perfect moment to indulge our Homeric idée fixe. The trek north on Turkey’s west coast permitted a brief Trojan fly-by during the drive from Pergamum to Gallipoli.

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Hannibal Comix

Via rogueclassicism comes word of an on-line comic book treatment of Hannibal crossing the alps.

Most have heard the story of the Carthaginian general Hannibal leading elephants across the Alps to face the Romans. Writer Brendan McGinley wants you to see it.

“There’s already plenty of good prose about Hannibal, (but) no good visual medium for a story that crackles with so many unforgettable images, like elephants on the Alps or Mago Barca spilling dead Romans’ rings on the Senate floor,” he said. “Maybe Vin Diesel’s long-stalled film will change that; Victor Mature’s sure didn’t.”

McGinley and artist Mauro Vargas, along with colorist Andres Carranza, bring the Hannibal story to life — with some humorous asides — re-enacting the second Punic War on the Shadowline Web comics page, www.shadowlinecomics.com/webcomics.

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Dining like the Romans did

The luxurious Roman cena is alive and well in… Singapore!

A 21st-century twist on the ancient Roman practice of reclining to eat, Supperclub has just opened a branch of its restaurant-cum-club in Singapore.

Setting: A dimly lit bar overlooks the legendary Raffles Hotel through red-tinted windows, contrasting sharply with the modern, all-white dining space, decked out with tables set in raised mattresses and large comfy cushions.

Concept: The three-hour five-course meal starts at about 8:30… [more]

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