Featured Publications and Resources
NEW--Hellenic Studies Series, Vol. 61
The Web of Athenaeus
In The Web of Athenaeus, Christian Jacob produces a completely fresh and unique reading of Athenaeus’s Sophists at Dinner (ca. 200 CE). Jacob provides the reader with a map and a compass to navigate the unfathomable number of intersecting paths in this enormous work: the books, the quotations, the diners, the dishes served, and—above all—the wordplay, all within the simulacrum of an ancient Greek library. A text long mined merely for its testimonies to lost classical poets, the Sophists at Dinner has now received a full literary re-imagining by Jacob, who connects the world of Hellenistic erudition with its legacy among Hellenized Romans. The Web of Athenaeus simultaneously offers a literary history of the rarest and finest of Greek culture along with a creative anthropology of a Roman imperial world obsessed with the Greek past.
ONLINE PUBLICATIONS--Hellenism Preserved and in Performance
A Guide to Greek Traditions and Customs in America (32.2MB PDF download).
As the title suggests, this book offers an introduction to Greek traditions and customs in America--both secular and religious. Rouvelas respectfully increases the reader’s understanding of Hellenism and Orthodoxy, making clear the universal, timeless qualities that make them relevant and accessible to all. For those born into this heritage, this work seeks to inspire a deeper commitment to such a rich legacy. For individuals who were not born into this heritage, but who have become interested through other pathways, this work welcomes them with warmth. Isocrates, a Greek orator in the fourth and fifth centuries BC, stated in Panegyrikos (Encomium of Athens): “The name ‘Hellenes’ suggests no longer a race, but a way of thinking, and . . . the title ‘Hellenes’ is applied rather to those who share our culture than those who share our blood.” In this spirit everyone is invited to celebrate these remarkable customs and traditions.
Also read the following articles available in Online Publications:
Gregory Nagy, “Reading Greek Poetry Aloud: Evidence from the Bacchylides Papyri,” “Performance and Text in Ancient Greece“ and “The Library of Pergamon as a Classical Model"
"The Ancient Greek Hero" comes to edX
It's not too late to join The Ancient Greek Hero, taught by Harvard Professor and CHS Director Gregory Nagy. Launched on March 13th and accepting new participants through late June, The Ancient Greek Hero is an open access course offered through edX (www.edx.org), the online learning initiative founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
This course uses the latest technologies to help students engage with poetry, songs, and stories first composed more than two millennia ago. Featured literature includes the Homeric epics, a selection of early lyrics, excerpts of prose history, seven tragedies, two Platonic dialogues, and the intriguing but rarely studied dialogue, On Heroes by Philostratus.
The text for the course is Nagy’s forthcoming Harvard University Press book, The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours. Although not yet available in print, this book is now available on the course website.
For more information, see the course announcement. Or enroll now!
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.
The HMT team is delighted to announce that five undergraduates have won research fellowships to work on the Homer Multitext this summer.
In focus: detail from the Venetus A, recto folio 323, Iliad 24.621-627. Image via Image Citation Tool.