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By Richard Dyer

From Amazon: "A examine of David Lean's "Brief Encounter". during this own account of the movie, Richard Dyer strains its value to post-war movie-goers, and the facility of its enduring attraction. each one quantity within the "BFI movie Classics" sequence incorporates a short creation heritage and a close filmography. Richard Dyer is Professor of movie stories on the collage of Warwick. he's the writer of Stars, Heavenly our bodies, Now you spot It: stories in Lesbian and homosexual movie, merely leisure and the problem of Images."

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In Greece meat was available even to ordinary people, but fish was food for a king. Fishing was labor-intensive, transport overland was expensive, and fish was not as easy to preserve as meat. The food would be washed down with plenty of alcohol. The preferred beverage was a cocktail, mixed in a large bowl, of wine, beer, and honey mead, possibly with a taste of pine resin; resinated wine was already popular in Bronze Age Greece. The partygoers drank out of two-handled cups with a wide, shallow bowl above a stem, and made of either the finest painted pottery or of silver or gold.

Meanwhile, recent excavations in northern Laconia, outside the village of Pellana, have uncovered a Bronze Age cemetery, complete with big and imposing beehive (tholos) tombs—the largest such tombs found anywhere. Nearby is a hill on which the excavator believes that he may have found the palace of Menelaus and Helen. This theory is still unproven, but the big tombs of Pellana add to the impression of Bronze Age Laconia’s prosperity. But Laconia was not Troy. Menelaus was a provincial warrior, while Paris was a cosmopolitan prince.

It seems that Troy’s elite were bilingual in their own language and Greek; they had dual names, such as Paris—itself perhaps just Homer’s rendition in Greek of a Luwian name, Pari-zitis, whose Greek name was Alexander. Troy’s elite moved easily in and out of the Greek world, including Menelaus’s palace. In fact, Greeks and Trojans are likely to have forged friendships and kept them going across the generations, because these ties were good for business and they were prestigious. ” These names may have been bestowed to mark an international friendship, just as in later Greek times an Athenian friend of Sparta named his son “Lacedaemonius,” that is, the Spartan.

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