The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours | Gallery: Part 3

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

Homeric Greek | Odyssey 1.163–168: comparatives, the lost homecoming, and Telemachus’ misery

We are pleased to share this segment in the series on reading Homeric epic in ancient Greek. In each installment we read, translate, and discuss a small passage in the original Greek in the most accessible way. If you’ve ever dreamed of reading Homer in the original, here is your chance to do so with teachers who have spent a lifetime thinking about this poetry. With their guidance even new… Read more

Nestor’s Epic Success?

Bourdelle, Telemakhos at Nestor’s Palace in Pylos, Plaster (1883) Bourdelle Museum Nestor in the Odyssey is home in Pylos. He got a safe nostos, he  is surrounded by his beloved wife and his children: six boys and several daughters and  daughters-in-law. He seems ageless. In this passage from the Sourcebook, a wonderful scene with his guests and family is shown. The setting  is perfect. The sacrifice is detailed beautifully. Athena herself is… Read more

Journey’s End

~A guest post by Jacqui Donlon and the Oinops Study Group~     “Yea, and if some god shall wreck me in the wine-dark deep, even so I will endure… For already have I suffered full much, and much have I toiled in perils of waves and war.” The Odyssey v  (George Chapman translation)[1] Dear friends, we started out on our journey with this quote (see “The Wine-dark Sea“), and… Read more

Open House | Odyssey or the Return of a Song, with Ioanna Papadopoulou

We were pleased to welcome Ioanna Papadopoulou for an Open House discussion with members of the community.  Dr. Papadopoulou is the E.U. Fellow in Multi-Disciplinary Research/IT and Publications at the Center for Hellenic Studies and an Associate at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (PHI/ Groupe de Philosophie ancienne et médiévale). She guided a discussion on “Odyssey or the Return of a Song.” with reference to the following brief but important… Read more