Monthly Round-up: July 2015
|August 5, 2015||Filled under Community, Featured||
Here are some of the highlights from the past month on Hour 25
Joscasta Promotes Classical Reception in Greece—Hour 25 shared the news about a multilateral research project which aims to promote Classical Reception in Greece
Hour 25 Community Bookshelf—the launch of a new section in the forum where share members can share views on newspaper or magazine articles, books, academic papers, and journals on topics or themes related to our studies
Projects and Study Groups
There are several community projects and groups underway at Hour 25, and everyone is welcome to join!
Here is a selection.
If you are interested in any of these groups, please post in the relevant forum thread, and if are not sure how to use Google+ hangout, there is some guidance here or you can post a request for a trial session here.
Homeric Greek Study Group
Meets twice a week (Wednesdays and Fridays 11am EDT) to learn frequent vocabulary, and then look at a short passage to try and identify what words we know, then, with the aid of Perseus, find out what the other words mean and together try to fit together the meaning. We are mixed ability levels, and have great fun learning and studying together. If you would like to join, please post in the latest thread (you can find a link in the sidebar at any time).
Tragedy Study Group: Electra
We will be looking at the different versions of the Electra myth, as dramatized by Sophocles, Euripides, and Aeschylus, and we might also do a community reading of these dramas. Anyone interested can join in the discussion/reading sessions on Google+ Hangout, and/or discuss in the forum thread.
Deinos Word Study Group
Continuing exploration of the word deinos; initially as used in Sophocles’ Antigone, and now about to extend to other works. Discussion on the forum and at occasional hangout sessions (dates will be announced in the forum). You can follow the link from the sidebar.
Digital Philology: Euripides
Weekly meetings Wednesdays 1pm EDT via Google+ Hangout, and discussion about the process in the forum. Exploring important words in Euripides, using digital philology tools and searches, backed up by discussion and study. Starting with Medea then extending to other dramas, with the initial aim of identifying core vocabulary terms and key words for these tragedies.
There is a Book Club selection most months, which may include secondary readings or primary texts. Participants can read any edition, and discuss both in the forum and at a Google+ hangout. The latest selection is Book 3 of Apollonius Rhodius’ Argonautica.
Core Vocab: aitios, aitiā—Sarah Scott looked at passages which incorporated these words
Gallery: Mesopotamia in the Louvre—Helene Emeriaud’s latest gallery featured beautiful images inspired by her reading about this region in Herodotus
Ariadne: Abandonment and Transformation—Jack Vaughan’s translation of, and notes about, a passage from Nonnos in which Dionysus transfigures the abandoned sleeping Ariadne
As always, there were lively and interesting conversations in the forums on a range of topics, including:
- Book Club | July: Medea—continued discussion of Euripides’ Medea, both before and after the Book Club discussion and the informal reading with Paul O’Mahony
- Dying a heroic death—what sort of death did heroes face, and how did it affect their chance at immortalization?
- Simone Weil—her philosophical concepts in relation to epic and tragedy
- The birth of Astyanax—multiform versions of the myth about the marriage and children of Hector and Andromache
- Core Vocab: aitios, aitiā—discussion and further examples from the texts featuring these core Greek terms
- Moderation—different terms and types of moderation, and its relevance to the hero in Homeric oral tradition
- Book Club | August: Argonautica—the discussions have already started, including initial impressions of Book 3, the context of the myth, and how this later poetry differs from epics from the oral tradition
- Incest—how did the ancient Greeks define and refer to the incest taboo, and what terms did they use?
- The bones of Pelops—why was it important for the Greeks to retrieve these bones as a requirement for the successful conquest of Troy?
- Community Bookshelf—this new section of the forum has been featuring reviews of books and articles that community members have been reading
This month’s guest baristas were Lenny Muellner, Rien, Sarah Scott, Janet Ozsolak, and Rob Jenson, who invited patrons to discuss:
Click on the images above to go to the Café threads.
From the Archive
Last summer the Tragedy Reading Study Group had a hangout discussion on Aeschylus’ Libation Bearers, and the associated forum thread can be found here. It will be interesting to see whether our reading changes after the study of Euripides’ and Sophocles’ versions of Electra.
Tip of the Month: Adding Links in Forum Posts
Last month we looked at formatting forum posts.
What if you want to add a link? You can simply paste the link into the body of the text, like this:
But if you want to make some text hyperlinked, especially if it is to an external website and you want it to open in a new tab/window, here’s how to do it:
And finally, don’t forget to edit and submit again to make sure your post falls into the correct position within the thread!
Next time we will look at a couple of ways to add images to your posts.