New and Notable
Fighting Words and Feuding Words: Anger and the Homeric Poems
Anger is central to the Homeric epic, but few scholarly interventions have probed Homer's language beyond the study of the Iliad's first word: mēnis. Yet Homer uses over a dozen words for anger.
Fighting Words and Feuding Words engages the powerful tools of Homeric poetic analysis and the anthropological study of emotion in an analysis of two anger terms highlighted in the Iliad by the Achaean prophet Calchas. Walsh argues that kotos and kholos locate two focal points for the study of aggression in Homeric poetry, the first presenting Homer's terms for feud and the second providing the native terms that designates the martial violence highlighted by the Homeric tradition. After focusing on these two terms as used in the Iliad and the Odyssey, Walsh concludes by addressing some post-Homeric and comparative implications of Homeric anger.
Also Available in Online Publications at CHS
Leonard Muellner, "Homeric Anger Revisited"
Giuseppe Lentini, "The Pragmatics of Verbal Abuse in Homer"
The Athens Dialogues | Saturday November 30, 2013
The Rhetoric of Images: Logos, Icon, Logo
The relationship between word and image is at once an ancient and a contemporary issue. Over the centuries, both words and images have been delivered in different ways, each of them an innovation, from alphabetic writing to YouTube, opening up new routes for communication. The continuous existence of the Greek language means that there has been a continuing debate over these issues for many centuries. The aim of our Dialogue, therefore, is to explore the interaction between words and images from Greek antiquity to the global world of today. Which is more powerful – the Word, the Image or something which encapsulates the tension between the two, the Logo?
For more information visit www.athensdialogues.org.
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).
Cultural Internship Program in Nafplion, Greece | May-June 2014
This program brings together a group of American and Greek undergraduates for five weeks each summer in Nafplion where they work in teams for a variety of cultural institutions. Interns apply their academic experiences in practical settings while learning from each other and their supervisors.
The American students take an intensive course in Modern Greek, designed specifically to help them perform their responsibilities as interns more productively, while the Greek students attend an American Culture seminar. A number of excursions supplement the educational program in Greece. Additionally, in October, the Greek Students will visit Washington, DC and Boston, MA.
The 5-week internship program will begin May 26 and will end June 29, 2014. All participants are required to arrive in Athens on May 25th. After a week-long orientation, interns will begin their work at their institutions.The program also emphasizes scholarly development and community service. For more information about the program, visit the program webpage.
J-Term in Greece | January 6-26, 2014
Together with the Sunoikisis consortium, the Center for Hellenic Studies will offer a travel study program in Greece in January. This travel-study program, led by professors Gregory Nagy, (Harvard University) and Kenny Morrell (Rhodes College), will explore the Bronze Age Minoan and Mycenean societies that occupied Crete, the Peloponnese, and the mainland. For more information about the program, and for links to the syllabus and itinerary please visit our website.The application deadline has been extended to November 15th.
"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 A: "The Imperishable Glory of Achilles in a Song of Pindar" Pindar Isthmian 8.56-62
|56 Even when he [= Achilles] died, the songs did not leave him, |57 but the Maidens of Helicon [= the Muses] stood by his pyre and his funeral mound, |58 and, as they stood there, they poured forth a song of lamentation [thrēnos] that is famed far and wide. |59 And so it was that the immortal gods decided |60 to hand over the man, genuine [esthlos] as he was even after he had perished [phthi-n-ein] in death, to the songs of the goddesses [= the Muses]. |61 And this, even now, wins as a prize the words of song, as the chariot-team of the Muses starts moving on its way |62 to glorify the memory of Nikokles the boxer.
Enjoy a 6-minute video dialogue about this focus Text.
Hour 4, Text A: "The Imperishable Glory of Achilles in a Song of Pindar" Pindar Isthmian 8.56-62