Category: Video Dialogue
|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…
|November 24, 2016||Filled under Featured, Video Dialogue||
“In this lecture I make the argument that Plutarch’s portrait of the fifth-century Athenian statesman, Alcibiades, shares many character traits with the contemporary construct of the psychopath, namely, grandiosity, low emotional affect, instrumental aggression, and chameleon-like versatility. Moreover, Alcibiades’ conduct as a leader, again as described by Plutarch, can help us appreciate our own contemporary ambivalence toward psychopathic leadership in the fields of politics and beyond.” Read more…
|February 5, 2016||Filled under Featured, Video Dialogue||
We were pleased to welcome Graeme Bird (Gordon College) who joined us for a discussion exploring the Old English poem Beowulf, which is also our next Book Club selection.
Mentioned in the discussion: Focus passages that were featured in the discussion (updated with line numbers for those using different editions), the first 11 lines in Old English. Read more…
|August 4, 2014||Filled under Video Dialogue||
We were delighted to welcome back Prof. Leonard Muellner to participate in a live book discussion of Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus, as part of our series of live discussions on tragedy. Topics included: The Eumenides The importance of the location of the hero’s body Oedipus as sotēr Oedipus and Creon’s age in mythological time Distance […] Read more…