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The Wool-gatherer is the pseudonym of Hugh Parry. I have taught literature courses in adult education for around 30 years. A few of my victims have been with me for much, or even all, of that time. Leaving aside the personal pleasure of this, a professional advantage is that I have always needed to look … Continue reading Welcome to the blog!


Up to a point, this is mainstream legend – perhaps even history: The vast Greek expeditionary army heading for Troy found itself stuck at Aulis because of a persistently unfavourable wind. The seer Calchas (Cressida’s father) was made aware that the goddess Artemis demanded the sacrifice of Iphigenia, one of the daughters of Agamemnon, the … Continue reading ARTEMIS