Black Clock Audio Tales 97: Batrachomyomachia
Black Clock Audio Tales 98: Batrachomyomachia
(Greek: Βατραχομυομαχία, from βάτραχος, "frog", μῦς, "mouse", and μάχη, "battle") or the Battle of Frogs and Mice is a comic epic or parody of the Iliad, definitely attributed to Homer by the Romans, but according to Plutarch the work of Pigres of Halicarnassus, the brother (or son) of Artemisia, Queen of Caria and ally of Xerxes. Most modern scholars, however, assign it to an anonymous poet of the time of Alexander the Great. Even later authors have been suggested, such as Lucian.
The word batrachomyomachia has come to mean "a silly altercation". The German translation, Froschmäusekrieg, has been used to describe disputes such as the one between the School of Math and the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study.
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