Monthly Round-up: January 2017
January saw changes to the community’s identity, to reflect the growing scope of this online community beyond HeroesX, using a wider variety of content. With its new name, Kosmos Society, it focuses on fostering Humanistic study with a focus on the the Classical World and its rich connections to our modern lives.
This Round-up provides an opportunity for you to find or revisit some of the content, conversation, and community activity that you might have missed or want to revisit.
The following changes were introduced this month:
- New name—formerly called Hour 25, this community is now called the Kosmos Society: An Online Community for Classical Studies. You can see this reflected in the banner at the top of the website.
- Enhanced privacy for forums—the community is expanding in new ways and welcoming new participants, so in order to provide a safe and supportive environment, members now need to log in to access the forums.
- Comments enabled on blog posts—blog posts published from January 2017 onward are open for moderated comments, allowing community members to dialogue with others who prefer to participate as guests.
The blog posts and content pages remain openly accessible to all readers.
An Interview with Artist Maria Zoie Lafis—Kosmos Society shared news about an article originally published in Kleos@CHS focusing on the artwork Women in Procession which features on the cover of Gregory Nagy’s Masterpieces of Metonymy
Sunoikisis | Herodotus Course Tutorial Program—an announcement about an upcoming course on Herodotus which is available online
CHS Open House
In January there were visits from Leonard Muellner, and Keith Stone.
Ovid, with Leonard Muellner—this session helps us to start thinking about Latin texts and Roman authors, with a focus on Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
Becoming Moses: Deuteronomy 32 in Performance, with Keith Stone—this session focuses on passages in the ‘Song of Moses’ that provide evidence for performance
How HeroesX Will Change Your Life—If You Let It—Elizabeth Howell finds universal experiences and rituals connect the ancient Greek world with the present day
Core Vocab: kerdos, kerdea—Sarah Scott starts an exploration of passages and contexts where these words for ‘gain, profit; desire for gain; craft employed for gain; craftiness; craft’ are used
Community members can join these discussions at any time. Here are a few of the salient points from a selection of forum dialogues that have been active over the past month.
Iliad Rhapsody 23—in Gregory Nagy’s Classical Inquiries post of 2016-12-30 “A sampling of comments on Iliad Rhapsody 23” there is reference to the eating of raw flesh. This Kosmos Society forum thread includes a dialogue about this and other passages that incorporate examples of humans, animals, or the Cyclops eating—or expressing a wish to eat—raw flesh, including that of humans and stags.
Metamorphoses I:1–20 The Primal Chaos—Ovid’s account of primal chaos and the formation of the earth; visual representations from modern photographs and early printed books; how Ovid and earlier sources described the earth; and evidence about whether the ancients perceived the world as a disk or a sphere, and how they understood geometry.
Core Vocab: kerdos—the frequency of this word in the Perseus corpus; its most frequent collocations; a comparison of kerdos with some semantically related terms; and a further selection of passages incorporating this Greek word, including Herodotus, Sophocles, Pindar, Plato, Homer, and Hesiod.
Athena the “Peaceable”—there are a number of epithets used for Athena, many of which do not relate to her role as a war goddess, even though that is how she is often depicted in ancient Greek art. Her complex personality and attributes are demonstrated and discussed in passages shared in this thread, including weaving and peacemaking; her beauty; her clothing; and her changing appearance.
Metamorphoses 1.89–150 Four Ages, Giants—Ovid’s description of the Four Ages, and how it compares with the five Ages of Mankind in the Hesiodic Works and Days; how these Four Ages were illustrated by artists; and how the myth of Giants (or Titans) fits or does not fit in with the ages of mankind or heroes.
Metamorphoses 1: 525–566 Apollo and Daphne—the myth about the transformation of Daphne into a laurel tree; and how we can understand truth when it is presented as alternative versions, both in the real and in the mythological world.
Book Club: Ovid Metamorphoses Books 12 and 13—these books include the fall of Troy, the arms of Achilles, and a narration about the battle of Lapiths and Centaurs. Since the hangout the dialogue in the forum has continued, and is currently exploring the ‘drawing down of the moon’.
Myrmidon’s topics for social conversation (if you are logged in you can click on the image to go to the thread):
From the Archives
February’s Book Club selection will be from Virgil’s Aeneid. You might like to revisit the following in preparation:
- Video—CHS Open House: ‘From Homer to Virgil’, with Gregory Nagy
- Forum discussion—Book Club | December 2015: Virgil Aeneid (books 1 and 2)