Category: CHS Dialogues
|January 2, 2017||Filled under CHS Dialogues, Featured, Video Dialogue||
The combined research of Nagy and Davidson on ancient “Life of Homer” and medieval “Life of Ferdowsi” narratives respectively has shown that the traditional “biographies” about these two poets, as transmitted by a vast variety of communities, can be studied as sources of historical information about the reception of Homer and Ferdowsi.
Even though the stories about these poets’ lives are myths, the actual uses of the various different myths of various different communities are a matter of historical reality. Read more…
|December 24, 2016||Filled under CHS Dialogues, Featured, Video Dialogue||
“My describing the Lives of Homer as aetiologies converges with the general direction of my argumentation, which is, to show that the narratives of these Lives are myths, not historical facts, about Homer. To say that we are dealing with myths, however, is not at all to say that there is no history to be learned from the Lives. Even though the various Homers of the various Lives are evidently mythical constructs, the actual constructing of myths about Homer can be seen as historical fact.” Read more…
|December 19, 2016||Filled under CHS Dialogues, Featured||
“First he shaped the shield so great and strong, adorning it all over and binding it round with a gleaming circuit in three layers; and the baldric was made of silver. He made the shield in five thicknesses, and with many a wonder did his cunning hand enrich it.”(Iliad 18.479–483) Read more…
|November 19, 2016||Filled under CHS Dialogues, Featured||
Today there is no agreement about what the Homeric Question might be. Perhaps the most succinct of many possible formulations is this one:
“The Homeric Question is primarily concerned with the composition, authorship, and date of the Iliad and the Odyssey.”
Not that any one way of formulating the question in the past was ever really sufficient. Who was Homer? When and where did Homer live? Was there a Homer? Read more…
|November 10, 2016||Filled under CHS Dialogues, Featured||
What does The Night of Iguana have in common with Oedipus Tyrannus?
Is Hippolytus ready to take the next step?
Come and explore with Gregory Nagy! Read more…