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Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2003 22:57:59 -0700
From: maa32 
Subject: (urth) Heracles lesson

Latro has very selective amnesia - note that he is able to perform the 
wrestling moves with perfection once he is reminded of basic strategy.  He 
needs a reminder - he doesn't know the full extent of his capabilities. Your 
average soldier, no matter how he is coached, won't be able to beat a master 
from verbal advice.  Latro didn't need to learn the moves through repetition - 
they were already in his muscle memory.  This is one aspect of realism that I 
think we've ignored - no matter how much you tell the average man on the 
street how to punch, or what kind of advice you give him, he can't outbox Roy 
Jones or Lennox Lewis. Unless the advice reawakens old or natural abilities.  
Note that Latro defeats the trainer of the Spartans with ease.  He has 
problems with wrestling Pausanias because ... Hermes likes him?

So Latro remembers how to use a sword but not to wrestle ... why?  Perhaps 
because the knowledge of wrestling was from a different, more remote lifetime.
 Remember that he only loses because Heracles tells him to throw the fight.

Marc Aramini


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