Noun form of abstemious, which means restrained, especially when eating or drinking
The rod passing through the center of a wheel, often connecting it to other wheels
Waste or feces
As a noun, ransom can mean the payment demanded for a prisoner's release or the act of freeing someone in return for a payment. As a verb, it can mean obtaining the release by making the payment, demanding payment for someone's release, or releasing someone after receiving payment. All of these definitions are used in the text.
A large insect that makes a loud, distinctive sound when it emerges from the soil, which happens only every 17 or 13 years, depending on the species.
The place on a cart near the front where the driver sits
The Thessalian soldiers who accompany Achilles in the Trojan War, who are loyal to him specifically
In Greek mythology, a city in ancient Thessaly. Home of Achilles.
A city in the northwest of what used to be known as Asia Minor, now known as Turkey: the setting for the Trojan War
the possibility of something happening; important in Ransom as a distinction from the more commonly used "fortune"
Deep sorrow, particularly sorrow caused by death
Similar to modern-day pancakes, the griddle cakes mentioned are likely teganitai, which date back to ancient Greece and are pretty much the same as modern-day pancakes, except with fewer ingredients.
feelings of dismay, usually at something unexpected
An assistant, but in this case, a follower of a noble or wealthy person, similar to the idea of a retainer.
Greeks and Trojans
The two sides involved in the Trojan War: the Trojans are from the city of Troy, while the Greeks are a conglomeration of different peoples who are all from the area we know as Greece.
Physical strength and good health
Profane; that which has not been declared sacred
Freedom from pride or arrogance
The state of being familiar with another person
Knowledge that occurs beforehand, particularly by paranormal means or revelation
Ransom Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for Ransom is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
I would pick Achilles. He is attempting to make a point throughout the novel, both to the gods and to the remainder of society: that although he is aware that he will eventually die, they can not control everything that he does while he is still...
Achilles's didn't know it, but he was also in desperate need of the exchange, because his constant failure to deface the body just reminded him of his dear friend Patroclus. In order for him to mourn Patroclus, he has to understand that the family...