Homeric Greek | Odyssey 1.1-10: Starting to begin the Odyssey

We are pleased to share this segment in our series on reading Homeric epic in ancient Greek. In each instalment we read, translate, and discuss a small passage in the original Greek in the most accessible way. If you’ve ever wanted to read Homer in ancient Greek, here is your chance to do so with teachers who have spent a lifetime studying these works. Together they help even new readers… Read more

Open House | Divine Yet Human Epics, with Shubha Pathak

Our community was pleased to welcome Professor Shubha Pathak (American University) for an Open House discussion held on Thursday, February 12, 2015. The lively session was recorded and is available for viewing below. While viewing this discussion, participants might like to read the following focus passages in the handout below (taken from Divine Yet Human Epics: Reflections of Poetic Rulers from Ancient Greece and India by Shubha Pathak). Focus Passages… Read more

Open House | The Children of Odysseus, with Joel Christensen

We were pleased to welcome Professor Joel Christensen (University of Texas, San Antonio) who returned for our first 2015 Open House discussion, when we discussed the children of Odysseus, and multiformity in myth. To prepare for the discussion, participants might like to follow these links to posts in Sententiae Antiquae: Odysseus’ Children: Fourteen and Counting! The Sons of Odysseus, Part 1: Evidence from Hesiod, Eustathius and Dionysus of Halicarnassos The… 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 | Divine Plans and Poetic Narrative: part 2, with Justin Arft and Guests

We were delighted to welcome back Justin Arft (University of Missouri), and Efimia D. Karakantza (University of Patras, Greece), to continue the conversation started last week in Within the Kyklos ‘Whose Plan is This?’, Divine Plans and Poetic Narrative in the Iliad and Odyssey ‘. The discussion focused on the narrative plan of the Odyssey, with particular attention to the Phaeacians, and included the relationship between the poetic tradition, multiformity, and the reception… Read more