Reindeer and the garden have cut severely into reading time. In a remnant, I have caught up with one of my Bargains.
Reading about the ancient games was a strange mixture: some aspects so familiar, and most so entirely alien. I offer one quotation.
Kleomedes of Astypalaia, though denied victory in the boxing at the 492 BC Olympiad – because he killed his opponent – and despite a subsequent fit of madness that caused the deaths of sixty schoolchildren, … was likewise paid heroic honours, sanctioned by the Delphic oracle. (p 168)
Elsewhere, I stole some time from the garden to go shopping. Prize of the day was buttons. Not quite sure what to do with them, but buttons always come in. (Don’t they?)