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Greek hero Odysseus’ longest swim September 23, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Culture History Mythology.
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Good swimming summers are made of good swims, as Robert Frost wrote, “out far and in deep”, wherever the ocean is.

Frost claimed the record for the longest swim in literature belonged to the Greek hero Odysseus, who after shipwreck swam the sea for two days and two nights. The Greeks, who made the best poetry, had a wisdom about many things, not the least of which was their poetic contemplation of the wine-dark sea.

The British scholar M.A. Screech wrote that when the ancients “wished to accuse someone of extreme inadequacy they used the common proverb, “He can neither read nor swim”.

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