Thera: the island with many names

The year 2020 may not be the best time to travel with the pandemic. And yet, who does not want to discover the islands of the Aegean Sea? I offer you a safe and virtual journey through time to an island with many names and a tumultuous past. The name by which this magical place is often mentioned in ancient Greek literature is Thera. Pindar, who takes so many ancient… Read more

Open House | Minoan-Mycenaean Scribal Legacy, with Gregory Nagy

We were excited to welcome back Gregory Nagy of Harvard University, Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature and the Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington, DC for an Open House. The title of the discussion is “Minoan-Mycenaean Scribal Legacy,” which took place on April 17 at 11:00 a.m. EDT, was live-streamed and recorded. You may like to read the following to get… Read more

Open House | Re-inventing Old Craftsmanship, with Rachele Pierini

We were excited to welcome Rachele Pierini, University of Bologna for an Open House. The topic of the discussion is “Re-inventing Old Craftsmanship: Mycenaean Furniture and Today’s Design.” The event was live-streamed on Thursday, November 7 at 11:00 a.m. EST, and was recorded. You might like to read this PDF handout: “Reinventing Old Craftsmanship – Mycenaean Furniture and Today’s Design” You can watch the event on our YouTube channel, or… Read more

Greek dialects in the language of Homer: Mycenaean, and Arcadian

In this video, Gregory Nagy, Douglas Frame, Leonard Muellner, and Keith Stone have an informal discussion about the role of dialects in the Homeric poetic tradition, introducing the Mycenaean phase, and Homeric forms in Arcadian. They include examples from formulas such as epithets within Homeric poetry, and also refer to the work of Aristotle and Theophrastus. Related topics Greek dialects and the poetic super-language Greek dialects in epic: the cake… Read more