Visiting Scholars

Open House | mūthos, Mythology, and the Language of Heroes, with Richard P. Martin

We were pleased to welcome Professor Richard P. Martin (Stanford University) for an Open House Discussion with members of the community about mūthos, mythology, and the language of heroes. You can view the recording in the frame below, or on our YouTube channel. For more information about Professor Martin and his research, visit his faculty profile on the Stanford Classics Department website. Here is a PDF copy of the four… Read more

Oral Poetics: The Epic Cycle, and the Metaphor of the Chariot Wheel

In this video clip, Professor Gregory Nagy discusses the epic cycle, as a body of oral poetry, and helps us to understand how the ancient Greeks viewed their tradition of composition in performance through the metaphor of the chariot wheel, the κύκλος [kuklos, ‘circle, cycle, chariot wheel’]. You can watch on our YouTube channel, or in the frame below References: Albert B. Lord: Singer of Tales Gregory Nagy: Homeric Questions… Read more

Open House | Homeric poetry, multitextuality, and jazz, with Graeme Bird

We were pleased to welcome Professor Graeme D. Bird (Gordon College) for a special Open House Discussion. Professor Bird, who is both a classicist and jazz musician, joined members of the community for a discussion about Homeric poetry, multitextuality, and jazz. For a general introduction to Bird and his work, read “Homeric Variations: Interview with Classicist and Jazz Musician Graeme Bird”. You can watch on our YouTube channel, or in… Read more

Open House | Charioteers, with Kevin McGrath

We were pleased to welcome Kevin McGrath, Associate in the Department of South Asian Studies at Harvard University, to discuss how charioteering and charioteers are emblematic—if not signal—of warrior song and culture in the Mahābhārata. Our discussion included reference to focus passages from the Iliad and Mahābhārata noted below, as well as McGrath’s article on Kṛṣṇa in Mahābhārata. Focus Passages & Scholarship Iliad 2. 545ff Iliad 4. 297ff Iliad 5. 239ff… Read more

Audio: Casey Dué & Mary Ebbott on Iliad 10 and the Poetics of Ambush

We are pleased to share this recent audio conversation (see below) with Casey Dué and Mary Ebbott, during which they discussed their findings on the poetics of ambush in Iliad 10. During the conversation, they explain why they chose to look at Iliad 1 0 in the light of oral poetics, and examine the evidence for a night ambush as a traditional theme, and how this activity is as heroic as, for… Read more