Monthly Round-up: March 2017
Welcome to this month’s round-up of activities and news at Kosmos Society and CHS: your chance to catch up with items you might have missed or want to revisit.
Events and Videos
Core Vocab: oikos—Sarah Scott shares a selection of passages exemplifying the everyday and sacred uses of this word, taken from the list in H24H
Book Club Discussion Series | Seneca, Part 1: Introductory Notes—Georgia Strati introduces the life, and death, of Seneca the Younger as a background to this month’s reading selection
Pindar Nemean 1—Jack Vaughan provides a translation and notes to this poem, which celebrates the victory of Khromios in the four-horse chariot race, and includes a narrative about the young Herakles
Here are a few examples of threads active this month (registered members can log in to read and take part in these discussions):
- Connections in film—comparisons between contemporary culture, such as film, and classical works, myths, and rituals
- Facebook—how do modern social media activities compare to those in the world of the ancient marketplace, and what evidence is there in the texts for the positive and negative aspects of how ancient Greeks interacted in this physical space?
- Phorcys Bay—Phorcys, Proteus and Nereus as old men of the sea, seals, shape-shifting, disguise, and the meanings of their names
- Seneca: Don’t cry me a river—taking stoicism as a starting point, participants are also sharing other passages and references to myths where weeping was appropriate, or carried out to excess
- What if the Titans Won?—alternate readings of the war between the Titans and the Olympian gods, and how their roles and spheres of influence compare
The selection under discussion is Seneca’s Phaedra. There was also a community reading of the tragedy.
In the hangout conversation and in the forum, discussion has included comparisons with Euripides’ Hippolytus, the recurring themes in the families, other versions of the myth, and what was specifically Roman about this play.
This month’s topics for community conversation were:
Here are a couple of examples from the series of CHS Dialogues, which were recorded with reference to the current iteration of HeroesX, and cover topics of wider interest.
The beauty of Clytemnestra:
mēnis, the post-heroic age, and tragedy: