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.