Open House | ‘Whose Plan is This?’ with Efimia D Karakantza & Justin Arft

We were pleased to welcome Efimia D. Karakantza (University of Patras, Greece), and Justin Arft (University of Missouri) for an Open House discussion: ‘Within the Kyklos: Whose plan is this? Divine plans and poetic narrative in the Iliad and Odyssey’. This open discussion took place within the Kyklos, the intergenerational project of the CHS focusing on the Greek Epic Cycle and its interface with other genres, namely the Homeric Epics.… 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

Open House | Penelope and Weaving, with Olga Levaniouk

We were pleased to welcome Professor Olga Levaniouk (U. of Washington) for an Open House Discussion on Penelope & Weaving. Our discussion was informed  by the descriptions of Penelope’s weaving in Scrolls 2, 19, and 24—especially the focus passages below. You can watch the recording in the frame below, or on our YouTube channel. Focus Passages Odyssey ii 85–128 [85] “Telemakhos, insolent braggart that you are, how dare you try… Read more

Open House | Epic Cycle, Oral Poetics, and Composition in Performance, with Gregory Nagy and guests

We were pleased to welcome Gregory Nagy and guests, for an Open House session during which we discussed the epic cycle, oral poetics, and composition in performance, including: what the wheel of a chariot means how ring composition works how a performer relates to the audience what happens with predictions within the narrative the difference between improvisation and deep structure/surface structure multiformity vs interpolation You can watch the recording on… Read more

Eurycleia and Anticleia

~ A guest post by Laura Ford ~ Continuing our look at the etymology of proper names, it is interesting that the two women who jointly raised Odysseus have very similar names: Eurycleia means “broad fame,” and Anticleia means “opposing fame.” Do their names constitute a clue concerning their respective attitudes towards Odysseus’ quest for kleos by joining the expedition to Troy? Eurycleia was Odysseus’ wet nurse and the one… Read more