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Message started by David Morningstar on May 1st, 2009 at 2:19pm

Title: Looks a bit Greek to me....
Post by David Morningstar on May 1st, 2009 at 2:19pm


Some Palestinians slinging. This position looks kinda Greek to me, although they are about to use a helicopter throw. I guess they are seating their ammo after loading it.

Title: Re: Looks a bit Greek to me....
Post by Aussie on May 2nd, 2009 at 12:02am
Definitely helicopter with the 'posing for the camera' starting position.

Title: Re: Looks a bit Greek to me....
Post by Lycurgus on May 4th, 2009 at 2:12pm
So maybe the Greeks did the helicopter thing?
We may never know for sure.

Title: Re: Looks a bit Greek to me....
Post by David Morningstar on May 4th, 2009 at 3:21pm

Lycurgus wrote on May 4th, 2009 at 2:12pm:
So maybe the Greeks did the helicopter thing?
We may never know for sure.


I'm fairly sure this is a description of the helicopter: Virgil, Aeneid 9.586-589:

The hero Mezentius, putting aside his spears, with tightened thong whirled thrice around his head the whirring sling and split his adversary's forehead with the molten bullet and stretched him out flat over a great stretch of sand.

stridentem fundam positis Mezentius hastis
ipse ter adducta circum caput egit habena
et media adversi liquefacto tempora plumbo
diffidit ac multa porrectum extendit harena.

Title: Re: Looks a bit Greek to me....
Post by Lycurgus on May 5th, 2009 at 9:06am
Or maybe we will ;)

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