Sunday, 16 February 2014
Kolkhoz And Naos
When I first read Poul Anderson's works, there were many words and references that I did not understand but also did not need to understand to follow the story. Sometimes we think that we recognize a word or can get some idea of its meaning from the context but such understanding can turn out to be incomplete.
Now, however, I am trying to understand every reference and it should be a straightforward matter to google words like:
"odeon" (p. 23);
""ithyphallic" (p. 23);
"hippodrome" (p. 23);
"humidor" (p. 67);
"stoa" (p. 77);
"pomoerium" (p. 92);
"clepsydra" (p. 93);
"naos" (p. 104).
Anderson uses the term "herms" (p. 23) but does explain it - and I think that we recognize the objects described.
One of the references is to a name:
"...subtly erotic murals that would have done Alicia Austin proud." (p. 82)
Google reveals that Alicia Austin is an illustrator of fantasy and sf works, including some by Poul Anderson.