From: "James Wynn"
Subject: Re: (urth) latro's greek and combat competence Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2003 16:15:36 -0600 Marc theorizes: If we accept that the minor gods of the pantheon can immerse themselves in human flesh for a time, Latro's great fighting ability and his facility in speaking Greek are quite easily explained...he's always heard the greek words of his worshippers, but never had to write for himself - minor gods only need to speak to followers, not to write for themselves. Crush counters: He's presumably never had to write Latin either. Is this the language of the gods? ;-) And why does translate place names spoken in Greek? Lakodaemonia, Sparta, Athens, Thebes, Corinth, Mesopotamia, etc. Surely the names would have been familiar to Ares. Why does he make the mistake that Sparta has something to do with Rope-makers or that Lakodaemonia is a Silent Country? Why does he feel the *need* to translate place names into Latin and not the names of persons. That is what one does in a foreign country (for example, like calling the Yangtze the "Yellow River". Just thinkin' -- Crush --