HAS it been suggested that the traditional blindness of Homer may have been—in the absence among the ancients of a specific name for colour-blindness—merely the colour-blindness for which Dr. Pole makes out so good a case? To readers ignorant of Daltonism, blindness must have appeared the only explanation of a glaringly misapplied colour-epithet. It is at least clear that the author of the Homeric poems was not always blind in the modern sense of the word.

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BLACK, C. Colour-blindness. Nature 19, 5 (1878).

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