Posts Tagged by Herodotus
|October 24, 2019||Filled under Featured, History||
“There is a river, Indus, second of all rivers in the production of crocodiles. Darius, desiring to know where this Indus empties into the sea, sent ships manned by Scylax, a man of Caryanda, and others whose word he trusted”
So Herodotus introduces this voyage of exploration undertaken on behalf of the Persian empire. Read more…
|August 14, 2018||Filled under Featured, History||
The Persian Wars culminated in the Greek victory in the Battle of Salamis, which secured the continued independence of the Greek city-states. This transitional period from Archaic to Classic Greece is characterized by the interdependent growth of naval power and of democracy. Read more…
|November 7, 2017||Filled under Featured, Topic for Discussion||
Anger [mēnis], goddess, sing it, of Achilles, son of Peleus— disastrous [oulomenē] anger that made countless pains [algea] for the Achaeans, and many steadfast lives [psūkhai] it drove down to Hādēs, heroes’ lives, but their bodies it made prizes for dogs [kuōn, pl.] and for all birds, and the Will of Zeus was reaching its fulfillment [telos].
In this very familiar passage at the start of the Iliad we see the threat of the horrific prospect of bodies being eaten by dogs: a taboo. But did this ever happen? How did ancient Greek texts and art portray dogs? Read more…
|April 6, 2017||Filled under Featured, Visiting Scholars||
On April 13 at 11:00 a.m. EDT, Kosmos Society will welcome back Dr. Maria G. Xanthou of Leeds University to CHS Online Open House on Herodotus’s Histories, Book 1.
Our focus will be on gold, kraters and treasur(i)es. Read more…
|January 28, 2017||Filled under Featured, News, Sunoikisis||
The Sunoikisis Consortium will offer this course on the campuses of Belmont Abbey College, Carthage College, Culver-Stockton, Howard University, Reinhardt University, Southwestern University, and the University of Findlay. Others may participate online through a tutorial program.
The format of the discussion groups will be flexible, and may be comprised of short lectures, open discussion, student reports, deeper analysis of texts, or performances. Read more…
|March 15, 2016||Filled under Featured, Topic for Discussion||
Plutarch’s essay on Herodotus has been described as “the world’s earliest known book review.” We all have seen examples of this type of writing: a scathing review by a reviewer whose negative comments reveal an underlying bias against the author or his work that seems to obviate any pretense of an objective appraisal. Such an approach is puzzling in this case in that it seems so out of character for Plutarch and so inconsistent with his usual style of writing. Plutarch’s essays (known collectively as the Moralia) are generally regarded as among the founders of this genre of literature. Read more…
|March 8, 2016||Filled under Featured, Gallery||
“The outward appearance of Alexander is best represented by the statues of him which Lysippus made, and it was by this artist alone that Alexander himself thought it fit that he should be modelled. For those peculiarities which many of his successors and friends afterwards tried to imitate, namely, the poise of the neck, which was bent slightly to the left, and the melting glance of his eyes, this artist has accurately observed.”
|March 3, 2016||Filled under Featured, Visiting Scholars||
We are pleased to welcome Alexander Hollman (University of Washington) for our next Open House discussion, which will be about Herodotus. The event will be streamed live on Thursday March 10, at 11 a.m. EST, and will be recorded. His book, The Master of Signs: Signs and the Interpretation of Signs in Herodotus’ Histories, is available at the CHS website. To prepare for this event you may like to read the passages at the bottom of this posting. Read more…
|February 25, 2016||Filled under Book Club, Featured||
“This is the display of the inquiry of Herodotus of Halicarnassus, so that things done by man not be forgotten in time, and that great and marvelous deeds, some displayed by the Hellenes, some by the barbarians, not lose their glory, including among others what was the cause of their waging war on each other. ”
Our next Book Club will feature selections from Herodotus Histories: Book 1 up to chapter 92, and the whole of Book 2.
There are a number of free online translations available. Read more…
|January 30, 2016||Filled under Book Club, Featured||
We are excited to share the themes for the upcoming Hour 25 Book Club selections. Look out for further announcements with details of the texts, and the related forum threads, nearer the time!
May: Celtic mythology
There will also be CHS Open House discussions to tie in with these themes. Read more…