Under Discussion: Is Anchises a Casanova?

One of the texts we are reading in the community is the beautiful Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite.. Today we are happy to feature the following post on this hymn by William Moulton. “I resolved on insuring Christine’s happiness without making her my wife. I had thought of marrying her when I loved her better than myself, but after obtaining possession the balance was so much on my side that my… Read more

Word Study: ankhitheos ‘close to the gods’ in Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite

A guest post by Jenna Cole following up on our recent chat with Leonard Muellner Many interesting themes came up during our live chat with Professor Muellner, and one of them was the meaning behind Anchises’ name. To start, we look at the name of Anchises’ son, Aeneas: His name will be Aineias [Aeneas], since it was an unspeakable [ainos ]18 akhos  that took hold of me—grief that I had… Read more

Open House | Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite with Leonard Muellner

Leonard Muellner on Anchises, Aphrodite, and Zeus Our community recently (January 2014) welcomed Professor Leonard Muellner of Brandeis University to the community Chatroom. After the live chat, Professor Muellner joined us by video to share additional thoughts about his research on cosmic anger in ancient Greek epic. Together we raise and discuss several provocative questions such as: What do the names Anchises and Aeneas mean? What is the significance of… Read more