Category: Topic for Discussion
|June 16, 2021||Filled under Featured, Topic for Discussion, Word Study||
I had not previously paid much attention to the shorter Homeric Hymns. I became curious to look at examples to examine the wording more closely and to see if there were clues about the sort of stories that might have been associated with them, or at least formulaic phrases that occur in epic or in the longer hymns, and I chose to look this time at the Homeric Hymns to Aphrodite. Read more…
|June 8, 2021||Filled under Featured, Topic for Discussion||
When one thinks about Greece nowadays, surrounded by sea with crystal clear water, delicious food, and especially sea-food, comes to mind. It is peculiar that, in antiquity, fish was not used in sacrifices. Fish and gods did not get along well.
Fish is not a sacrifice gods fancy. In Aristophanes’ Knights, Aristophanes criticizes Pericles with a grain of humor.
“And by Zeus! he carries off bread, meat, and slice of fish [témakhos], which is forbidden. Pericles himself never had this right.” Read more…
|May 20, 2021||Filled under Featured, Texts, Topic for Discussion||
Set your step to the dance, my dear,  like a fawn leaping high up to heaven with joy. Your brother is victorious and has accomplished the wearing of a crown . . . beside the streams of Alpheus. Come sing  a glorious victory ode, to my dance.
|January 22, 2021||Filled under Featured, Topic for Discussion, Word Study||
The recently published Gallery | Health and healing introduced us to the world of medicine through images and some Homeric poetry. This post explores a few more references in ancient Greek texts to healers, doctors, drugs, and health, looking at a few passages about Cheiron and his teachings; and on the cult of Asklepios. Read more…
|November 20, 2020||Filled under Featured, Topic for Discussion||
“This was Argos, whom patient-hearted Odysseus had bred before setting out for Troy, but he had never had any work out of him. In the old days he used to be taken out by the young men when they went hunting wild goats, or deer, or hares, but now that his master was gone he was lying neglected on the heaps of mule and cow dung that lay in front of the stable doors till the men should come and draw it away to manure the great field; and he was full of fleas.”Od.17 Read more…