Open House | Equine Poetics, with Ryan Platte

In this Open House discussion, we welcomed Ryan Platte (Northwestern University) for a discussion on Equine Poetics, with particular attention on comparisons of the chariot race in bridal contests.

Update: you can now find his book Equine Poetics, part of the Hellenic Studies Series, online.

You can view the event in the frame below, or on our YouTube channel.

Selected references mentioned in the discussion:

Pindar Olympian 1 (on Perseus)

Cavafy, C.P.: The Horses of Achilles

Members of the Kosmos Society can continue the discussion in this forum thread.

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Ryan Platte

Ryan Platte is Associate Professor of Instruction in Classics and Director of Greek Instruction at Northwestern University, Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences. earned his PhD from the University of Washington. His interests concern the history of language and poetic technique in Greek literature, while his research focuses principally on the Homeric corpus. This work privileges a linguistic approach to literary material and draws from the field of comparative Indo-European poetics. He has published on Greek lyric poetry and on epic, and has a book forthcoming on Indo-European influences on the treatment of horses and horsemanship in Homer, Equine Poetics, which will be published in July 2017 through Harvard University Press.
Update: Equine Poetics is now available online: