Open House | The Hippolytus of Euripides, with Rebecca Futo Kennedy

We were excited to welcome Rebecca Futo Kennedy for an Open House entitled “The Hippolytus of Euripides.” The event took place on Friday, May 14 at 11:00 a.m. EDT and was recorded. To get ready for the event you might like to read Euripides, Hippolytus You can watch the event on our YouTube channel or in the frame below. For further videos please visit the Watch page. Rebecca Futo Kennedy… Read more

Emotions from Greek Antiquity

Recent Book Club discussion prompted me to think about how human emotions were depicted in some of the readings from Greek antiquity. In the Trojan Women, Andromache’s reaction to her son’s fate—death by being thrown out of the battlements—is not physical, a loud, wailing lament, but a subdued, courageous reaction. To get a proper burial for her son, she does not fight back vehemently when the child is taken. The… Read more

The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours | Gallery: Part 5

The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours[1] is based on a course that Professor Gregory Nagy has been teaching at Harvard University since the late 1970s. The book discusses selected readings of texts, all translated from the original Greek into English. The texts include the Homeric Iliad and Odyssey; selected Homeric Hymns; the Hesiodic Theogony and Works and Days; selected songs of Sappho and Pindar; selections from the Histories of Herodotus;… Read more

Book Club | March 2017: Seneca Phaedra

The March Book Club selection continues the theme of Roman texts. This month features a tragedy by Seneca: Phaedra, which is also sometimes referred to as Hippolytus. It is a treatment of the same myth with which many members will already be familiar, Euripides Hippolytus, so it might be interesting to make comparisons. You can read any translation you like. There is a free online translation by Frank Miller Justus:… Read more

CHS Dialogues | Oedipus, the downfall of Heroes, and Night of the Iguana

In this episode, Gregory Nagy and Claudia Filos respond to comments and questions from the community about: The hero as a cult hero and as a tragic hero Oedipus as a savior Myth, ritual and miasma Oedipus as a turannos Hippolytus and Phaedra with reference to Oedipus Tyrannus of Sophocles, and Hippolytus of Euripides.   This dialogue also includes discussion about the following movie clips: The opening scene from The Night… Read more