Book Club | March 2020: Poems of Tyrtaeus and Theognis

For the March Book Club we will be reading poems by Tyrtaeus and Theognis. Tyrtaeus was composing around the middle of the seventh century BCE, in Sparta. The surviving poems and fragments are mainly elegies and war poems, and make reference to heroism and to hoplite warfare.[1] Theognis was an elegiac poet composing in the sixth century BCE in Megara, although many poems attributed to him are later additions. The… Read more

Open House | Sparta and its continuing myth, with Paul Cartledge

We were pleased to welcome Paul Cartledge, A.G. Leventis Senior Research Fellow, Clare College, Cambridge, and  A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture Emeritus, for the first Open House of the Fall 2018 session, to discuss Sparta and its continuing myth. This event took place on Thursday, September 6, at 11 a.m. EDT, and was recorded. Before watching the event you might like to read the PDF handout: 2018-05-29_PaulCartledge_Sparta-T.pdf You can… Read more

Homeric Greek | Odyssey 1.93–98: Variants in Telemachus’ visits, Nestor, and Athena

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 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