Welcome to the Kosmos Society!
~ Some Places to Start ~
We are so happy that you are interested in taking part in the learning and amazing dialogue here at the Kosmos Society, whether you are joining from HeroesX or through other routes!
The Kosmos Society project has resources and activities, and there is a ‘semi-circle’ of active members who have been working as part of a Community Development team and are trying out ideas and opening them up for everyone to join in. The community has been delighted to welcome visiting scholars for talks and discussions. There is a monthly Book Club. There are opportunities to read new texts or to go further into the wonderful works in the Sourcebook. There are forums to discuss ideas, chatrooms for project or social conversations, a weekly Café thread for interesting and informal gatherings, fun quizzes (if you enjoy green ticks and red Xs!), and a growing number of blog posts and learning resources.
Since the Kosmos Society has no assessments or schedules, there is a great deal of flexibility in how you choose to continue on with your learning. In this project we are sharing our reading experiences, diverse skills, and friendship as we engage with ancient literature in fun and meaningful ways. Scholars may join our discussions, but there are no “teachers” and “students.” Instead, we are all learning together as fellow community members. Each of us, including you, can be a leader in the community. So please jump right in!
About the Kosmos Society site
The Kosmos Society site features the following content, which is discussed in more detail below:
- Blog posts, featuring articles by members of the community, video conversations with visiting scholars, focus passages, and study guides.
- Resources and content, such as primary texts, conversations and research by scholars, and self-study and small-group learning materials.
- Community members’ activities, including live conversations and discussion forums.
- Project information, such as an overview of the Kosmos Society, and this site guide.
The Home Tab is the point of entry on the site, and is set up as a blog. Interesting news and information will be posted periodically on the blog. (You can register for email updates via the subscription box in the sidebar on the right.)
On this page you can find the most recent blogs. Use the ‘Next page’ link at the bottom of the page to find further topics.
The blogs are categorized according to the type of information they contain, and they can belong to more than one category.
To find blogs on a particular subject:
- Search: type in the word(s) you are looking for, to find a list of blogs that contain the term.
- Select a Category from the drop-down list, to find a list of blogs related to that subject.
- Open the Index page to locate blogs tagged with a given topic.
- Use the Next page link at the bottom of the resulting list to see further blogs that fit your selection or search term.
You can also find a selection of blog posts through the resources tabs.
Resources and content
The Texts Tab will take you to the Kosmos Society Text Library page, which contains primary texts in translation, including some that were discussed in HeroesX. These are available in html format, with some also available in PDF and epub format. These are English translations with core vocabulary transliterated. You can also find a tab called Core Vocab with those same terms from HeroesX. Over time, additional terms may be added to that core list.
The Core Vocab tab contains a list of the key Greek terms that are tracked in the Sourcebook in HeroesX and in the new texts provided at the Kosmos Society. Some terms are linked to discussion threads in the Forum where the terms are explored in more detail.
The Core Vocab terms are also available as a PDF for you to download: this version also contains the original Greek script for each term.
The Learn tab takes you to a page with learning resources, including PDF files, links to blog posts and videos, and links to other useful websites. These resources are under development, so check back for updates.
If you are already familiar with the key Greek words that were introduced during HeroesX, and are interested in finding out more about where they are used, if are intrigued by other terms, or if you want to understand more about how the language is used, this will give you the means to investigate for yourselves.
There are currently several modules:
Introduction to Homeric Greek
A gentle guide for absolute beginners, created in coordination with Professor Graeme Bird.
Introduction to Attic Greek
A series of video presentations made by Professor Leonard Muellner and Belisi Gillespie. There are also community study groups learning Attic Greek with the help of these videos and the book Greek: An Intensive Course by Hardy Hansen and Gerald M. Quinn.
Go Beyond Reading a Translation
These guides are designed to introduce the basic tools and skills necessary to explore an ancient Greek text or word on Perseus. You don’t have to learn Greek to be able to do this, and members of the community have started to experiment with how investigating words can really open up the meanings of the texts!
“Just Enough” Greek
An introduction to key concepts in the Ancient Greek language, designed for those who have never studied Ancient Greek.
First Steps in Digital Philology
Links to resources which develop awareness of key concepts, resources, and projects that will enable you, as citizen scholars, to begin contributing new knowledge to the classics community.
The page also includes links to Sunoikisis seminars and course archives.
The Scholars tab takes you to a page that lists blog posts featuring video conversations with visiting scholars.
Community members’ activities
If you enjoy online discussions, log in, then click the Forums Tab; it will take you to the Kosmos Society discussions, under various categories.
In order to read or participate in the forums you will need to log in. You can then navigate through and read the discussions already going on, or join or start new conversations. When you first join, feel free to introduce yourself at the New Member Table in the Friday Cafe. Then go on with the subject of your interest, be it either a reply or a new topic.
The Forums are a great place to have conversations on primary content, or on secondary sources, or to begin new topics and projects. It is hoped that the community will collaborate on research projects together and help each other in our quests to engage with the content of the primary literature.
If you are logged in, you can chat with other members who are also logged in.
To get into instant chat, look at the toolbar at the bottom of the screen
(Note: iPad and Android users need to download CometChat: see the FAQ tab for details).
You can exchange private messages with another member.
And there are two chatrooms: Project and Social, where you can interact with other participants in a group setting.
Follow this link for further details about how to use the Chat feature.
The Calendar tab will show you a summary of upcoming events, including CHS Open House, and Book Club discussions, which usually take place as Google+ Hangouts.
Follow this link for information about how to get involved in Google+ Hangouts.
The following tabs will take you to information about the Kosmos Society project:
This page: an overview of what is available on the Kosmos Society site.
The About tab provides a description of what the Kosmos Society project is about, and introduces the Community Development team.
There is also a submenu, HeroesX, which provides information about the HeroesX project for the benefit of those visiting the site but who have not participated in ‘The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours’.
If any of this is confusing or you would like more information about how to use the site or take part in community activities, check out the FAQ Tab for Frequently Asked Questions. There is also a Support Section in the Forums where you can post questions. If none of this works for you and you need immediate contact try https://www.facebook.com/groups/341543125984512/
Again, welcome and enjoy this beautiful community that we are creating together!