Francophone Scholarship@CHS

We are pleased to share the following publications and resources which highlight or feature the contributions of influential Francophone scholars and scholarship.
David Andromache Hector
Image: Andromache mourns Hector (1783), by Jacques-Louis David, Musée du Louvre, Paris. Available via Wikimedia Commons.

Online Publications

We begin with the English translation of Benveniste’s Le vocabulaire des institutions indo-européennes, a work that has been inspiring readers and researchers for over forty years.

In this groundbreaking work, Claude Calame argues that the songs sung by choruses of young girls in ancient Greek poetry are more than literary texts; rather, they functioned as initiatory rituals in Greek cult practices.

Comparative Anthropology of Ancient Greece looks at the anthropology of the Greeks and other cultures across space and time, and in the process discovers aspects of the art of comparability

Milman Parry’s doctoral dissertation published in 1928 by Société d’éditions “Les belles lettres” examines the use of traditional epithets in Homeric epic and requires a shift in our thinking about these texts.

This special issue of Classics@ presents the results of a 2007 conference honoring Nicole Loraux. By sharing this research-in-progress, we hope to encourage collegial debate in the theoretical exchange between gender studies and classics–and perhaps even contribute to it.

Homer Multitext Project

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. To view the texts use the Manuscript Browser. (We suggest using Firefox or Safari, both freely available.

In creating a multitext edition of the Homeric poems, CHS researchers are responding to the paradigm shift brought about by the work of Milman Parry and Albert Lord. The course of Parry’s work was greatly influenced by his advisor Antoine Meillet. To learn more, read “Paradigm Shifts,” a blog post by HMT editor Casey Dué.

VenA detail Iliad 20 249
Detail from verso folio 264 of the Venetus A showing Iliad XX.249.
παντοῖοι. ἐπέων δὲ πολὺς νομὸς ἔνθα καὶ ἔνθα”

Heroes Course

As part of its educational mission, CHS offers free access to a distance learning course taught by Center Director Gregory Nagy. Concepts of the Hero in Greek Civilization provides an engaging introduction to the major themes of ancient Greek myth, cult, and poetics. All readings are in translation and include the epics of Homer, seven tragedies, two Platonic dialogues, and the dialogue On Heroes by Philostratus. We invite you to learn more by exploring the selected resources below. Then access all the content from 2010 via our recent blog post on kleos@CHS.

Week Three, 2010
Dialogue 03: Iliad/Odyssey (High Res Video | Low Res Video)
Proseminar: Kleopatra’s Lament (High Res Video | Low Res Video)
Tales of Hoffman (complete film with commentary by Gregory Nagy)
Dialogue 04: Iliad/Odyssey (High Res Video | Low Res Video)
Section: Kleopatra’s Lament (Low Res Video)
Reading: Iliad, scrolls I–VIII (SB1); selections from Alcman and Sappho (SB1); Nagy, “Lyric And Greek Myth” and “Did Sappho And Alcaeus Ever Meet?”