Monthly Round-up: May 2016
|June 5, 2016||Filled under Community, Featured||
Welcome to this month’s round-up of posts, discussions, and activities: it’s your chance to catch up on what you might have missed or want to revisit!
CHS Open House
Our last guest for the Spring season was Richard Martin (Stanford University), who led a stimulating discussion on the Táin, focusing on the boyhood exploits of Cuchulain from the Cattle-Raid of Cooley and the motifs related to coming-of age.
There have been a couple of changes to the website:
This new tab provides a convenient way for you to locate information about Hour 25 projects and ongoing activities. Current projects are:
- Ancient Greek Study Groups—to accompany the video presentations made by Leonard Muellner and Belisi Gillespie, available via the Learning Modules page, there are community-facilitated study groups and the opportunity to connect with tutors.
- Iliad Translation Reading Group—open to those with some knowledge of ancient Greek, this community group meets weekly to prepare translations of short sections, to read the Greek together, and to discuss the passage.
- The Antigone Project—CHS and Hour 25 are collaborating with schools in different countries with the goal of creating a compilation of performances filmed by individual schools that would together present the entire tragedy.
- Digital Philology: Euripides—community-led group exploring the works of Euripides, discussing concepts, working with the Greek, and compiling a glossary; the group has just started working on Helen.
You can find more details on the Projects page.
The forum software was updated at the end of the month, thanks to CHS. This means that in new topic threads the posts will fall correctly in sequence. For older threads, you will still need to use a workaround to get your post to go to the bottom. See Tip of the Month, below, for details. The update also fixes the issue of the freshness on the forum home page: it now matches the freshness on the individual forums.
We’ve also added a list of current conversations on the forum home page. This should make it easier to find active discussions as well as new topic threads and the latest replies.
This month’s guest posts were:
Homecoming Queen—Timothy Banks asks about how the texts provide evidence of Helen’s attitude to her role in the Trojan War
Gallery: Aphrodite and Artemis—Hélène Emeriaud shared beautiful images of these goddesses, who are so often depicted in similar ways
Nestor’s Epic Success?—Hélène Emeriaud looks at Nestor as ruler of Pylos and as “one who brings home,” and asks how else he might be viewed
Heralds and Messengers—Sarah Scott is curious about whether the roles of herald and messenger overlap, and what their duties are
- Rites of Passage: Motifs—using Richard Martin’s set of motifs in the Táin as a starting point, the community found further examples from other texts
- The Homecoming Queen—continued discussion about the role of Helen and how different texts depict her
- The heroic choice of Leonidas, according to Herodotus—is the choice between safe return or remaining for glory one that is generic to heroes?
- Prototypical art—the evolution of non-representational art and its meanings
- Core Vocab: hubris—examples of the concept and examples of how the word is applied in a variety of contexts
- Nestor’s Epic Success?—further passages and analysis of Nestor’s role and evidence about life in Pylos
- Heralds and Messengers—exploration of how heralds and messengers appear, and who they are
Book Club| May: Cattle-Raid of Cooley (Táin Bó Cúalnge)—this month’s text was the Irish epic Táin Bó Cúalnge, and the forum discussion is still open
This month’s Café conversations, hosted by Myrmidon (click on the image to go to the discussion thread):
From the Archive
If you enjoyed Richard Martin’s discussion on the Táin, you might like to watch or revisit the video of an earlier CHS Open House in which he discussed muthos, mythology, and the language of heroes.
You can find the related forum discussion here.
Tip of the Month: Taking Part in Forum Discussions
With the updated forum software, it is now easy to keep discussion threads in a logical order, which will make them easier to follow, whether you are reading or responding. If you’ve not yet joined in a discussion, why not come and join in! An easy way to start is to come to the weekly Friday Café, where you can get to know fellow members.
Here’s a reminder of where to find things.
There are two sections on the forum home page. In the left-hand column you can quickly locate existing discussions and replies. Click on the link to go to a discussion thread or reply. Use the search box to find particular terms:
On the right are the forums themselves, divided into three sections:
- Discussion of Primary Texts—includes forums for primary texts, such as Homer, Hesiod and Lyric; Tragedy, Histories and Plato; Word Studies, Themes and Oral Poetics; Images and Iconography; Other Primary Texts
- Special Places & Projects at Hour 25—the forums here include Featured Scholars and Research; Book Club; Community Study Groups; Friday Café (with sub-forums for Book Shelf, and New Member Table); Office Hours – Ancient Greek (with subforums for each tutor); Weekly Quizzes; Bulletin Board
Within each forum you will find all the topic threads for that subject area.
To reply to the whole thread (for threads started after May 27): type the reply into the box at the bottom, and click Submit. Your post will appear at the end of the thread.
Workaround for older threads: for topic threads started before May 27, if you use the box at the bottom to add a post, it will appear near the top of the thread and you won’t be able to move it. Instead, reply to the last post in the thread, and your post will appear at the end.
To add a response to a specific post, click the Reply button on that post and type in your reply. Click Submit, and your post will appear indented, beneath the other person’s post.