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Hecatomb

 

an ancient Greek sacrifice, originally consisting of 100 oxen; later “hecatomb” came to mean any major public sacrifice. Hecatombs were offered in Athens during the most important holiday, Panathenaea, which was celebrated during the month of Hekatombaion (late July and early August). In the figurative sense, the term “hecatomb” denotes the many victims of war, terror, an epidemic, and the like.

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As Bataille clearly states, in an affirmation directly relevant to Gibson's film, "there is nothing more contrary to military organization than these squanderings of wealth represented by hecatombs of slaves" (Consumption 54).
In real history, where our mind tends to look for witnesses to success, one can easily learn that each step (and even its illusion) is accompanied by hecatombs of tortured people.
Despite the brutality and human hecatombs, not only did a modern industrial society emerge but, Deutscher suggested, this was the only way it could have emerged in Russia.
But the proleptic injunction, penned before the hecatombs of the Argonne (1915), Verdun (1916) and the Chemin des Dames (1917) delivered a sacrifice whose enormity could not have been predicted, (1) invests the memorial with a powerful irony wholly absent from Real del Sarte's work.
I am to slay full hecatombs to the gods who own broad heaven
Perhaps, Rambaud surmises, because Aspern- Essling inaugurated "the era of the great [Napoleonic] hecatombs.
This might illustrate why hecatombs of animal bones and tree fragments are piled helter-skelter in the permafrost muck of the frozen north--animals and plants that are not indigenous to the frigid climates--and in some respects account for the demise of some of the mammoths and other ice-age inhabitants.
Can't you have guessed that there was something more Behind the hecatombs and the dust of books, Beyond the dark defile where Dante saw Virgil?
In Homer, Hesiod and the early lyric poets altars, sacrifices, hecatombs, temples, cities and the like are all described as [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII].
What immense sacrifices, what hecatombs and holocausts, the gods exact for very slight favors
Tourists admiring the castles and vineyards from the boats that ply the river today could spare a thought for these hecatombs of anonymous dead whose bones are still turned out by the plough.