Homeric Greek | Odyssey 1.169–177, part 1 : Call him keĩnos

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

Hair, part 1 | Male hair: descriptions

How did the ancient Greeks view hair? There are many passages in which it is mentioned or described, and this series of blog posts will explore different aspects of how it is featured in some of the texts. In this first post, we are looking at physical descriptions of men’s hair. Right from the beginning of the Iliad we see the hair of Achilles featured as part of the action… Read more

Core Vocab: mētis

Following on from our discussion of biā / biē it seems natural to continue with another, contrasting Core Vocab word: mētis [μῆτις] glossed by Gregory Nagy in The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours[1] and the associated Sourcebook[2] as ‘artifice, stratagem, cunning intelligence’. It’s a word I immediately associate with Odysseus, and in particular his cunning ploy with the Cyclops. There are two words for ‘not’ in ancient Greek, depending… Read more

Open House | Odysseus and the Poetics of katábasis, with Stamatia Dova

We were pleased to welcome Stamatia Dova, Hellenic College Holy Cross, for an Open House on Odysseus and the Poetics of katábasis. You can watch the video in the frame below or on our YouTube channel. The psūkhē of the fleet descendant of Aiakos knew me and spoke piteously, saying, ‘Resourceful Odysseus, noble son of Laertes and seed of Zeus, what deed of daring will you undertake next, that you venture down… Read more

Homeric Ithaca

A guest post by David Long ….The deep-sea-going ship Made landfall on the island … Ithaca at last. There on the coast a haven lies, named for Phorcys, The old god of the deep – with two jutting headlands, Sheared off at the seaward side but shelving towards the bay. Odyssey 13.95–98 (Fagles translation) Atheras Bay (Phorcys Bay) from Atheras Atheras beach This is Atheras Bay, up in the northwestern… Read more