|March 23, 2016||Filled under Featured, Texts||
We are delighted to share this translation, done by community member Jack Vaughan, of a beautiful, little epigram from the Greek Anthology. This epigram seems to be one example of a traditional dedication of wool-working tools to Athena. Other examples from the Greek Anthology include 6.160 and 6.174.
Why are the shuttles compared to swallows that sing at dawn? Why is the spindle described as “swimming?” Hour 25 members can discuss this and more in the Hour 25 forums. Read more…
|January 13, 2016||Filled under Featured, Texts, Topic for Discussion||
I often go to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts but I did not notice this painting until last month. The painting represents the sisters of Phaeton lamenting for their brother after his tragic death. Different versions may be found about who they are and who is their mother.
The painter, Claude Lorrain got his inspiration from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. However, the story of Phaeton’s sisters, Phaethousa Φαέθουσα ‘radiance,’ and Lempetia Λαμπετιη ‘shining,’ the daughters of the sun-god Helios, starts with Homer.
|January 12, 2016||Filled under Featured, Texts, Topic for Discussion||
I was reading Gregory Nagy’s translation of the Sappho Brothers poem (“But you are always saying, in a chattering way, that Kharaxos will come in a ship full of goods”), and it made me think of Works and Days, in which Hesiod seems to have a similar concern about his brother Perses (“my father and yours, you inept Perses, used to sail around in ships, lacking a genuine livelihood.”) I wondered whether there were genuine similarities between the two passages, and whether there were other examples of siblings who are disconnected in some way. Read more…
|December 10, 2015||Filled under Connections for Further Study, Featured, Research, Texts||
We are pleased to share the news that CHS is broadcasting to the public a live stream of events from SapphoFest 2015, to be held on Friday, December 11–Saturday, December 12. Please follow this link to Kleos@CHS for further details.
Recent posts at Classical Inquiries have featured articles about Sappho, and translations by Gregory Nagy of the newest Sappho poems and fragments. You can also find publications and articles on the CHS website. Read more…
|July 28, 2015||Filled under Featured, Texts, Translation|
In this passage by Nonnos, Ariadne has been deserted on Naxos by the hero Theseus. As she lies on the lonely shore sleeping, she is discovered by the god Dionysus who transfigures the human woman into the goddess that defines Ariadne.
“Bacchus [=Dionysus] now leaving Ilissos’ honey-sweet watercourse [in Attica], comes in joyous procession with his reveling troop to the vine-clad island of Naxos.” Read more…
|May 5, 2015||Filled under Featured, Texts|
~ A guest post by Laura Ford ~ The ancients seem to have had as many questions about Homer as we moderns do. At the end of the Apology, Plato has Socrates wonder aloud how marvelous it would be if we could anticipate actually meeting and conversing with Homer (along with Orpheus, Musaeus, and Hesiod) […] Read more…
|April 6, 2015||Filled under Featured, Gallery, Texts||
Greek Mythology has influenced both literature and arts. The Minotaur, Μῑνώταυρος, and Ariadne have inspired artists. The Minotaur was killed by Theseus who was helped by Ariadne. This description from a glossary to Philostratus on Heroes tells us more about him. Theseus Athenian hero, son of Aigeus or Poseidon and eventually a king of Athens. The legends […] Read more…
|March 17, 2015||Filled under Featured, Gallery, Texts|
We don’t have to wait until after we die to meet Gods and Heroes of Ancient Greece. We may read poetry, prose, tragedy, or admire sculptures, vases or paintings. I’ll quote Aristotle and Plato from the Sourcebook Both understanding and wonder are, for the most part, pleasurable. In wonder there is the desire to understand… […] Read more…
|January 26, 2015||Filled under Featured, Texts||
We are pleased to share the text of Sophocles’ Antigone in a revised English translation prepared by members of Hour 25, which includes the Core Vocabulary terms from the HeroesX project. This is available through the Text Library page, as an html page or to download as a PDF. There is a dedicated section of […] Read more…
|October 17, 2014||Filled under Featured, News, Research, Texts||
We are pleased to announce that Albert B. Lord’s The Singer of Tales is now available, for free, in electronic form on the newly redesigned CHS website. Albert Lord’s book builds on the work begun by Milman Parry during his search for the oral traditions in the Yugoslavia of 1933–35, when he began recording and […] Read more…