Under discussion: “That Man!”

~ A guest post by Janet Ozsolak ~ The active interaction among the bard, internal audience and the external audience in a Homeric performance intrigued me since Version 1 of the HeroesX project. I wondered how the external audience, in the 5th century BCE, processed such a complicated narrative (Homeric Iliad and Odyssey). How did they kept them near and dear to their song culture? How did they connect the… Read more

In Focus: Iliad 19, lines 76–138

|76 Then Agamemnon, the king of men, spoke up at their meeting, |77 right there from the place where he was sitting, not even standing up in the middle of the assembly. |78 “Near and dear ones,” said he, “Danaan [= Achaean] heroes, attendants [therapontes] of Arēs! |79 It is a good thing to listen when a man stands up to speak, and it is not seemly |80 to speak in relay after him. [9] It would… Read more

Interview | Ryan Fowler on Innovative Teaching and HeroesX Content

We are pleased to share the following video dialogue featuring CHS Sunoikisis Fellow in Curricular Development Ryan Fowler. Fowler is currently helping to teach an innovative Sunoikisis course titled “Reading the Iliad,” in which over 100 students from multiple universities are working together to engage deeply and slowly with one Homeric epic over  an entire semester. Students in this course are also using portions of the content available through HeroesX. We hope… Read more

In Focus: Iliad 23, lines 326–343

|326 I [= Nestor] will tell you [= Antilokhos] a sign [sēma], a very clear one, which will not get lost in your thinking. |327 Standing over there is a stump of deadwood, a good reach above ground level. |328 It had been either an oak or a pine. And it hasn’t rotted away from the rains. |329 There are two white rocks propped against either side of it. |330… Read more

In Focus: Iliad 9.599–606

|599 He [Nestor] was seen and noted by swift-footed radiant Achilles, |600 who was standing on the spacious stern of his ship, |601 watching the sheer pain [ponos] and tearful struggle of the fight. |602 Then, all of a sudden, he called to his comrade [hetairos] Patroklos, |603 calling from the ship, and he [Patroklos] from inside the tent heard him [Achilles], |604 and he [Patroklos] came out, equal [īsos]… Read more