New and Noteworthy
The Power of Thetis and Selected Essays
This influential and widely admired book explores the superficially minor role of Thetis in the Iliad. Slatkin uncovers alternative traditions about the power of Thetis and shows how an awareness of those myths brings a far greater understanding of her place in the thematic structure of the Iliad.
This second edition also brings together six essays covering a broad range of topics--some never before published. The selection includes "Composition by Theme and the Mêtis of the Odyssey," "Measuring Authority, Authoritative Measures: Hesiod’s Works and Days," and "Remembering Nicole Loraux Remembering Athens."
Throughout this volume Slatkin studies ancient Greek mythology and poetics as a dynamic and interconnected system. Her nuanced readings offer access to this system by highlighting the role of allusion and revealing the ongoing dialogue between poetic traditions. The Power of Thetis and Selected Essays will prove valuable to students and scholars of Homer, Hesiod, mythology, and ancient Greek poetics.
Also Available in Online Publications at CHS
Mary Ebbott, Imagining Illegitimacy in Classical Greek Literature
Gregory Nagy, Foreword to Mothers in Mourning, by Nicole Loraux. Trans. Corinne Pache
Aida Vidan, "Patterns of Transmission: Mothers and Daughters in the Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature"
In Memoriam: Nikos Chourmouziadis
Ο Νίκος Χουρμουζιάδης (Nikos Chourmouziadis), Ομότιμος καθηγητής της Φιλοσοφικής Σχολής και Επίτιμος διδάκτωρ της Σχολής Θεάτρου του Αριστοτελείου Πανεπιστημίου Θεσσαλονίκης, απεβίωσε στις 18 Οκτωβρίου 2013, σε ηλικία 83 ετών. Ο Χουρμουζιάδης υπήρξε υπότροφος του Κέντρου Ελληνικών Σπουδών κατά το έτος 1966. Το ακαδημαϊκό έργο του επικεντρώθηκε στη δραματουργία και την θεατρικότητα στην αρχαία τραγωδία, ιδιαίτερα του Ευριπίδη (στα αγγλικά, Production and Imagination in Euripides, Αθήνα 1965). Ο ίδιος επεκτάθηκε και σε πιο γενικά θέματα: στο σατυρικό δράμα (Σατυρικά, Αθήνα 1974) και τον ρόλο του χορού (Περί χορού : ο ρόλος του ομαδικού στοιχείου στο αρχαίο δράμα, Αθήνα 1998). Υπήρξε ένας χαρισματικός θεατρικός σκηνοθέτης, με παραγωγές που κυμαίνονται από Ευριπίδη και Αριστοφάνη μέχρι Σαίξπηρ, Γκολντόνι, Μπέκετ, Φρίελ, Αναγνωστάκη, Καμπανέλλη κλπ.
The Homer Multitext project, the first of its kind in Homeric studies, presents the textual transmission of the Iliad and Odyssey in a historical framework. It offers free access to a library of texts and images, a machine-interface to that library and its indices, and tools to allow readers to discover and engage with the Homeric tradition.
At the 2013 MHT Seminar, new undergraduate teams received intensive training on the techniques and technology used when publishing a scholarly, diplomatic edition of manuscripts such as the Venetus A. They also began making their own discoveries. One team studied folio 132r of the Venetus A and found that a single scholion can illuminate the multiformity of the Homeric tradition. To learn more, read "Multiforms of Iliad 10.306", a guest post by Laurel Boman (Gustavus Adolphus) and Leonie Henkes (Leiden).
"The Ancient Greek Hero" at edX | Enroll through December 31
The Ancient Greek Hero is an online educational project created by Gregory Nagy (Harvard University) and offered by edX/HarvardX. While many MOOCs focus on lecture capture and certificates, this project seeks to integrate community and content around the figure of the ancient Greek hero, a subject that Nagy has been researching and teaching at Harvard for almost four decades. Through the HarvardX project Nagy and his team foster a global and ongoing dialogue where participants can engage with ancient readings and with each other in a meaningful way. It offers access to world-class content including specially prepared primary texts, secondary texts, videos dialogue, audio downloads, images and more–all free, and all designed to be equally accessible and transformative for a wide audience.
Since the project was launched in March 2013, The Ancient Greek Hero has enrolled over 36,000 participants from over 170 countries. Participants in the inaugural session completed the challenging material at promising rates. More importantly, participants describe being transformed by the content, the community, and the rare experience of “reading closely”.
Register now: The second session is now open for enrollment.
Sample content now: Hour 4 Text G: Achilles as the Focus of Lament Iliad XVIII 54-64
|54 Ah me, the pitiful one! Ah me, the mother, so sad it is, of the very best. |55 I gave birth to a faultless and strong son, |56 the very best of heroes. And he shot up [anedramen] equal [īsos] to a seedling [ernos]. |57 I nurtured him like a shoot in the choicest spot of the orchard, |58 only to send him off on curved ships to Troy, to fight Trojan men. |59 And I will never be welcoming him |60 back home as returning warrior, back to the House of Peleus. |61 And as long as he lives and sees the light of the sun, |62 he will have sorrow [akh-nutai], and though I go to him I cannot help him. |63 Nevertheless I will go, that I may see my dear son and learn |64 what sorrow [penthos] has befallen him though he is still holding aloof from battle.
Enjoy a brief video dialogue about this focus Text.
Hour 4 Text G: Achilles as the Focus of Lament, Iliad XVIII 54-64
Image: Captive Andromache, Frederic Leighton, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons