Monthly Round-up: November 2015
|December 3, 2015||Filled under Uncategorized||
Welcome to November’s monthly round-up of activity on Hour 25, which provides you with the opportunity to catch up or revisit recent posts and discussions.
We shared news that Epic Singers and Oral Tradition by Albert Bates Lord is now available on the CHS website.
CHS Open House
Our fall season concluded with two more fascinating discussions that provided introductions to other traditions. The sessions were recorded for viewing any time. You can find a complete list of recordings here.
‘From Homer to Ferdowsi‘—Olga M. Davidson explained how the Persian epic Shāhnāma draws on Indo-European epic traditions
‘From Homer to Virgil‘—Gregory Nagy introduced Virgil’s Aeneid and showed how it could illuminate our reading of Homeric epic
This is just a reminder of the projects currently underway at Hour 25. Please post in the relevant forum threads if you are interested in joining! You can find a list of forthcoming Book Club selections here.
Hour 25 community members continued to research and write about a variety of subjects designed to inspire further discussion.
Gallery: Chariots and Transportation—Hélène Emeriaud shares images depicting different modes of transportation for the ancient Greeks
Andromache—Hélène Emeriaud demonstrates how the complex role of Andromache appears in many texts
Penelope—Janet Ozsolak examines how Penelope’s indeterminate status enables her to maintain a balance until Odysseus can return
Core Vocab: aretē—Sarah Scott finds examples of this word, from the might of epic to the virtue of philosophy
In the Forum
We welcomed new members in the forums this month, joining us from HeroesX v4. Along with new discussion topics, there were some older threads in which the conversation was renewed, which is a reminder that topics are always open, perhaps if you have come across something else that is relevant to the subject, or if you are new to Hour 25 and are interested in the subject. Here are some of the topics that were active this month. Let the conversation continue!
- Andromache—discussion about the name and role of Andromache, and how she has been depicted
- Penelope—an exploration of the role of Penelope in Odyssey
- Priam and Nestor—a comparison of two older-generation epic heroes
- Core Vocab: aretē—examples of how this word is used in the texts
- Art from other parts of the world—participants are sharing beautiful images of ancient artworks
- Do animals have a message in the ancient texts?—this fascinating topic has been revitalized with new posts and images
- Ancient Greek Ships—another long-running thread with new comments and images this month
This month’s baristas were Janet Ozsolak, Tritogeneia, and Myrmidon, who invited us to share stories and community conversation about:
Click on the images to go to the café discussion threads.
From the Archive
Following Professor Nagy’s CHS Open House discussion about Virgil’s Aeneid, the first two books of which are the selection for next month’s Book Club, you might like to revisit the backstory to Aeneas by referring to conversations about Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite, which has a separate subsection in the discussion forums, here.
Tip of the Month
How can you stay in touch with what is happening if you don’t get a chance to visit the Hour 25 site very often?
Earlier this year we looked at how to subscribe to a section of the forum so you could receive notifications if a new topic thread is started (click here if you missed it or need a reminder).
But what about the blog posts on the home page? Again, you can receive email notifications when new posts are published.
On the home page (and on most other pages on the site), look in the right-hand column and scroll down. You will find a section for ‘Email updates’. Add your email address and click ‘Subscribe‘.