Monthly Round-up: November 2016
Welcome to the latest round-up of content, conversation, and community—your opportunity to catch up with things you might have missed or would like to revisit.
And apart from what is posted on the website or in the forums there are other community members active via Google+ Hangout in project meetings, and in the three different Attic Greek study-groups.
So there are plenty of ways to get involved, whatever your interest or preferred means of communication!
CHS Open House | ‘Waste in Antiquity‘—we welcomed Dan-El Padilla Peralta for a discussion about how dung is referenced in classical texts and art:
CHS Dialogues | Oedipus, the downfall of Heroes, and Night of the Iguana—Gregory Nagy threw light on themes in Sophocles’ Oedipus Tyrannus
Homeric Questions—Leonard Muellner helped us to explore issues around the composition, authorship, and date of the Iliad and Odyssey
The Psychology of Alcibiades: Applying a Modern Psychological Construct to an Ancient Leader—Norman Sandridge gave a speech at Villanova University focusing on Plutarch’s portrait of Alcibiades
We shared an announcement from the Harvard Alumni Association about the opportunity for HeroesX participants (past or present) to join the spring travel-study trip to Greece, March 10th–19th 2017.
The Romans were Everywhere: a Cruise in the Western Mediterranean—Anne Spendiff shares images and impressions of the Romans from France, Spain and Italy
Among the active discussions this month were:
- Flat Earth—ancient Greek scientists and their theories
- Abduction of Persephone—Hādēs and other gods in their chariots
- The Romans were Everywhere—questions and ideas about how best to present historical sites to the public
- Homeric Questions—a discussion about poetic and mythological traditions and the evolution of Homeric and other texts
- Core Vocab: sophos, sophiā—further examples of passages incorporating these words
Our Book Club selection was the first two books of Thucydides History of the Peloponnesian War.
This month Myrmidon hosted conversations on the following topics (click on the image to go to the forum discussion):
From the Archive
Following this month’s discussions about the Peloponnesian War, you might like to revisit the Gallery: Clothes, Warriors and Weapons or join the discussion thread about Leonidas in Herodotus’ Histories.
Tip of the Month: Google+ Hangouts
As mentioned above, there are other ways to connect with community members and groups in addition to the forum discussions. If you haven’t used Google+ Hangout before, it is very easy.
You will be given a link, either in the forum thread or via email. Simply copy and paste the link into your browser, and if you are prompted to install plugins, accept them.
These Google+ Hangouts are informal and they are not recorded, so you don’t need to feel self-conscious: you’re among friends!
Here are a few tips:
- You need to have a webcam, or you can use a phone or tablet.
- If possible wear headphones or earbuds. This prevents feedback.
- You might like to create a Google+ account (you would need to create a gmail account), but it is not essential.