Monthly Round-up: May 2015
~ Here are some of the highlights from the past month on Hour 25 ~
Even if you missed the live event, you can watch the video recordings any time. You can find a complete list of visiting scholars and videos on the Videos tab. This month we welcomed:
Maria G. Xanthou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki:
‘Mothers of Heroes and Monsters: Althaea and Callirhoe‘
Using Tags in Forum Threads—provides guidance on using the tagging feature to help navigation
Deinos in Antigone—Jessica Eichelburg invites us to join an ongoing word study to consider how to translate this word and how its meaning shifts
An Interview with Homer—Laura Ford shared Lucian of Samosata’s imaginary journey during which he asked all the questions the ancients wanted to ask!
Gallery: Clothes, Warriors, and Weapons—Helene Emeriaud demonstrated the variety and beauty of protective clothing and weaponry
Here is a selection of some of the active discussions that were started this month, so please follow the links and join the conversations!
Sheer Cliff and Gray Sea Metaphor—where do these images occur and what do they tell us about the heroes?
Phaedo as a sex slave—does the early life of Phaedo throw light on some of Socrates’ last words?
Deinos in Antigone—observations, thoughts, and questions, about the use of the word in Antigone
Lysistrata by Aristophanes—this month’s Book Club selection featured a comedy with a serious message
Core Vocab: aidōs—the latest exploration of our Core Vocabulary words has two different meanings
Why Thebes and Troy?—the significance of these two cities as part of the Will of Zeus
Rivers—are rivers always male, and in what ways did the ancient Greeks envisage them as gods?
Two Polyphēmus(es)—an exploration of the Cyclops, and of his namesake, godlike Polyphēmus the Lapith
Myrmidon bade us a temporary farewell as he prepared for a nostos, and guest baristas kept the Friday Café discussions going. All are welcome to join in these informal conversations! This month’s topics were:
From the Archive
Here is a video discussion and forum thread from last year that you might like to revisit, to refresh your perspectives, or which you might have missed if you are new to Hour 25:
Gregory Nagy on Greek Lyric—if you like lyric poetry, you might be interested in this discussion for the Sunoikisis Greek Lyric class
New Sappho Poems to be Published—when the newly discovered fragments first hit the news participants started to discuss them in this thread, and shared links to resources on Sappho
Tip of the Month: Keeping Forum Threads in Sequence
Last month we saw how to search for forum discussions, and this month there was a post about using tagging when you are writing a forum topic or reply to assist navigation to related topics.
But you might have noticed when you are reading discussion threads that the replies are sometimes out of sequence. Here is what you can do yourself to prevent that happening.
When you submit a reply, you might notice that it has appeared further up the thread, so your reply is above some of the earlier replies.
To help keep forum threads in sequence, so they are easier to follow, you can easily fix this.
Simply click Edit, then click the Submit button again, and it will reposition in the appropriate place.