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Proximity and Ethics

Conversation Series on Philosophy and Ideas Date: Friday, April 30, 2021 Time: 12:00-1:30pm ET What is the relationship between physical closeness and the…

Visiting Artists Presentation: Mnemosyne Initiative

Part of the CHS Visiting Artist Presentation Series, the event features a group of visual artists who are exploring commemoration,…

Virtual Tour

Due to the pandemic, the Center will remain closed to the public for the duration of the spring semester. Tour the main building and the library virtually.

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On the idea of dead poets as imagined by T. S. Eliot, compared with some more recent ideas about reperformance

2021.04.17 | By Gregory Nagy §0. In an essay first published in the year 1919, “Tradition and the Individual Talent,” T. S. Eliot made a bold statement about poets, dead or alive. Back then, he was thinking not only about the “individual talent” of young poets like himself but also about the collective legacy of all “dead poets” stemming from the “European tradition,” as he thought of it, starting with… Read more

Proximity and Ethics

Conversation Series on Philosophy and Ideas Date: Friday, April 30, 2021 Time: 12:00-1:30pm ET What is the relationship between physical closeness and the moral life? Many of our most profound ethical instincts are tied to a sense of what we owe to the person in front of us, to our neighbor, to our… Read more

Envisioning Aphrodite inside the living wood of a myrtle tree

2021.04.10 | By Gregory Nagy §0. The illustration that I have chosen to introduce this essay is inspired by ancient Greek myths about dryads—that is, about nymphs or local goddesses who inhabit the wooden insides of trees, primarily oak trees, thus animating such trees. But my essay is not about dryads or would-be dryads. It […] The post Envisioning Aphrodite inside the living wood of a myrtle tree appeared first… Read more

On ‘connecting the dots’—metonymically—between a shield and a garland presented to Achilles

2021.04.03 | By Gregory Nagy §0. In a book titled Masterpieces of Metonymy (Nagy 2016|2015, hereafter abbreviated as MoM), I showed line drawings of black-figure pictures painted on two vases, both of Athenian manufacture and both dated to the earlier years of the sixth century BCE. In both line drawings, we see a picturing of the hero Achilles, who at this very moment is reaching out to receive his Shield—as… Read more

The Shield of Achilles, by Kevin McGrath

There are two cities on earth Divided by time and kindness And at the centre of their field Is a king who sits in silence About him move the reapers Drawing in the living grain Goodness or the void deceit That human life advances On the edges of this world Just beyond the known blue […] The post The Shield of Achilles, by Kevin McGrath appeared first on Classical Inquiries. Read more

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Fellowship Programs

The CHS offers fellowship research opportunities to postdoctoral researchers. The next application cycle will begin in Fall 2021.

Student Programs

The CHS offers a variety of programs for students in Washington, DC and in Nafplio, including internships, workshops and seminars, and study abroad.

Reading Greek Tragedy Online

In partnership with Out of Chaos Theatre, the Center for Hellenic Studies and the Kosmos Society are presenting Reading Greek Tragedy Online, a series that brings together actors and researchers to perform and discuss scenes from Greek tragedy.

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