Posts Tagged by Helen
|August 2, 2019||Filled under Book Club, Featured||
“When Thetis had got a babe by Peleus, she wished to make it immortal, and unknown to Peleus she used to hide it in the fire by night in order to destroy the mortal element which the child inherited from its father, but by day she anointed him with ambrosia. But Peleus watched her, and, seeing the child writhing on the fire, he cried out; and Thetis, thus prevented from accomplishing her purpose, forsook her infant son and departed to the Nereids.” Our Book Club selection for August concludes Apollodorus Library. Read more…
|October 5, 2016||Filled under Book Club, Community, Featured||
Our next Book Club selection takes us to the world of ancient Greek drama, and that most famous and beautiful of women, Helen. There is a new “heroized” version of the play in the Text Library, which tracks the Core Vocab words that we are familiar with from the HeroesX project and the Sourcebook. We also provide links to other free online translations. We will discuss in the forum and meet via hangout on Tuesday, October 25, at 11 a.m. EDT. Read more…
|October 4, 2016||Filled under Featured, Kosmos Society Text||
We are pleased to share a revised version of E.P. Coleridge’s translation of Euripides’ Helen that tracks Core Vocab words in the same way as the Sourcebook. This was the result of the third community-driven collaborative “heroization” project.
You can also read an introduction to the drama, its characters, and themes. Read more…
|May 16, 2016||Filled under Community, Featured, Homeric Greek, Reading Group||
We have previously issued invitations to join peer-supported study groups aimed at beginners of ancient Greek, with opportunities to connect with tutors. But some of you already know some Greek and might like to read and discuss ancient Greek texts with other community members. Here are a couple of ways you might like to do that. Read more…
|May 10, 2016||Filled under Featured, Topic for Discussion||
When we first meet Helen in the Iliad the goddess Iris has led her to the Scaean Gates of Troy, where she looks out onto the battlefield. There she laments the actions that brought her to Troy and longs for home. Helen also makes an appearance in the Odyssey, long after the fall of Troy and in her role of Queen of Sparta, back as wife of Menelaos. But has this been a successful return to her original station, a successful nostos? Let’s look further into the visit by Telemachus who has come to Sparta in search of information about his father, Odysseus, in his hope of his return. Read more…
|April 19, 2016||Filled under Featured, Topic for Discussion||
Finding Helen in texts is frustrating. Many contradictory facts may be encountered. Who was Helen? What about her life, her power, her birth, her beauty? Was she hated or was she loved? If we were to write a short biography, it might read like this: Helen was the daughter of Leda and Tyndareus/Zeus, and Clytemnestra, Castor and Polydeuces’ sister. Penelope was her cousin. She married Menelaos king of Sparta, was seduced and abducted by Paris who took her to Troy. The Achaeans fought the Trojans for ten years to get her back.
|March 17, 2016||Filled under Featured, Visiting Scholars||
But Iris went as a messenger to white-armed Helen in the likeness of her husband’s sister, the wife of Antenor’s son, her that lord Helicaon, Antenor’s son, had to wife, Laodice, the fairest of the daughters of Priam.
She found Helen in the hall, where she was weaving a great purple web of double fold… Read more…
|August 25, 2015||Filled under Featured, Gallery||
This Gallery will take you to Egypt, where Helen was supposed to be during the Trojan War according to Euripides.
“These are the lovely pure streams of the Nile, which waters the plain and lands of Egypt, fed by white melting snow instead of rain from heaven. Proteus was king of this land when he was alive, living on the island of Pharos and lord of Egypt” Read more…
|April 1, 2015||Filled under Community, Featured|
~ A guest post by Bill Moulton ~ Aethra, the mother of Theseus, was a minor character in Greek mythology, but she was a minor character in several major events. This post is an attempt to highlight a mortal woman whose life was almost epic in scope. We will get a peek at her time […] Read more…