Monthly Round-up: March 2015
~ Here are some of the highlights of the past month on Hour 25 ~
During March we welcomed visiting scholars who shared their insights and led discussions focusing on Iliad:
Seemee Ali, Carthage College: Eros and Cosmos: Approaching the Golden Cloud of Iliad 14
Laura Slatkin, NYU: Tragic Visualizing in the Iliad
This month Hour 25 has made available new learning resources for those who are starting to explore ancient Greek.
Homeric Greek: In each installment we read, translate, and discuss a small passage in the original Greek in the most accessible way. If you’ve ever wanted to read Homer in the original, here is your chance to do so with teachers who have spent a lifetime reading and thinking about this poetry. Together they help even new readers explore the words and formulas that make “the poetry of grammar and the grammar of poetry” in Homeric epic so exquisite and rewarding.
You can find further videos and resources under the Learn tab.
H24H Dialogues, and Connections for Further Study
Over at CHS there is a new website by Professor Gregory Nagy, H24H Dialogues [later renamed Classical Inquiries], in which he is sharing new insights that supplement The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours [and more]. You can always find the link via the menu of this website, and there are regular Connections posts here on Hour 25 which provide further resources associated with the content of his posts. Here are the most recent:
A day devoted to Sophocles’ Antigone—Christina Lafi shared news about performances
Gallery: Gods and Heroes at the Louvre—Helene Emeriaud shared a gallery of photographs taken at the Louvre
All discussion threads are always open, so please follow the links and join the conversations!
Achilles Lamenting the Death of Patroclus—community members share images/links of artworks inspired by the death of Patroklos and Achilles’ mourning: what are your favorites?
The Cave of Nymphs in Odyssey Book 13—an exploration of its meaning, and of other caves, caverns and grottoes: come and explore these mysterious places.
The Blood of gods—what are its qualities, and what is the difference between blood and ikhor?
Grass and flowers—beautiful passages, and the properties and mythological associations of different flowers: can you find other examples?
Game Anyone?—an investigation of different board games, and evidence about ancient Greek potty training, toys, and playful activities: join the fun!
Construction of Clothes and Armor—what were clothes and armor made of, what did they look like, and how did they function? Evidence from texts and artworks is mounting up: let’s add to it to build up a more detailed picture.
But Come On Already! —examination of a repeated exhortation in Homeric poetry: does it signal a change of direction, an incitement to action, or both? What do you think?
Charismatic Leaders—who are the most charismatic leaders and rulers in ancient Greek history and literature? Does a good battle leader make a good ruler? Can you find an examples of your own?
Counting the dead—a tally of those who meet their deaths in Iliad, and a look at some of the numerals in ancient Greek. What examples of deaths do you find most striking? Where are numbers mentioned explicitly? (Don’t worry if you don’t read Greek: just post the translation!)
Podarkes: swift footed—the epithet most frequently associated with Achilles: why is it used in the passages listed in this thread? Who else is described that way?
Gestures—ritual gestures and actions as depicted in text and images: do you have any passages or pictures to share?
And the Friday Café tables are also all still open. If you are new to Hour 25, you can also introduce yourself at the New Member Table. This month we’ve been chatting about:
From the Archives
Remember, you can still join in older conversations any time.
Here is a video discussion and forum thread from last year that you might like revisit to refresh your perspectives, or might have missed if you are new to the community:
Tip of the Month: Following a Discussion Thread
Last month we looked at how you could receive notifications when there are new threads in the forum(s) you are interested in.
But what if you find an interesting discussion thread that you want to follow? Or have you posted a new thread and want to be notified by email when somebody responds?
If you want to receive email notifications about a thread you have started, or after you have posted a reply in any thread, check the box beneath which says ‘Notify me of follow-up replies via email’:
If you want to receive email notifications about a thread you are interested in, whether or not you have participated yet, click the link at the top of the thread that says ‘Subscribe’: