Posts Tagged by Herodotus
|March 6, 2020||Filled under Featured, Topic for Discussion||
In part 1, we looked at dreams as represented in Homeric epic. In part 2, we continue our exploration with some passages from tragedy, comedy, history, philosophy, and lyric poetry, representing different types of dream, whether direct messages or coded symbols. Read more…
|October 24, 2019||Filled under Featured, History||
“There is a river, Indus, second of all rivers in the production of crocodiles. Darius, desiring to know where this Indus empties into the sea, sent ships manned by Scylax, a man of Caryanda, and others whose word he trusted”
So Herodotus introduces this voyage of exploration undertaken on behalf of the Persian empire. Read more…
|August 14, 2018||Filled under Featured, History||
The Persian Wars culminated in the Greek victory in the Battle of Salamis, which secured the continued independence of the Greek city-states. This transitional period from Archaic to Classic Greece is characterized by the interdependent growth of naval power and of democracy. Read more…
|November 7, 2017||Filled under Featured, Topic for Discussion||
Anger [mēnis], goddess, sing it, of Achilles, son of Peleus— disastrous [oulomenē] anger that made countless pains [algea] for the Achaeans, and many steadfast lives [psūkhai] it drove down to Hādēs, heroes’ lives, but their bodies it made prizes for dogs [kuōn, pl.] and for all birds, and the Will of Zeus was reaching its fulfillment [telos].
In this very familiar passage at the start of the Iliad we see the threat of the horrific prospect of bodies being eaten by dogs: a taboo. But did this ever happen? How did ancient Greek texts and art portray dogs? Read more…
|April 6, 2017||Filled under Featured, Visiting Scholars||
On April 13 at 11:00 a.m. EDT, Kosmos Society will welcome back Dr. Maria G. Xanthou of Leeds University to CHS Online Open House on Herodotus’s Histories, Book 1.
Our focus will be on gold, kraters and treasur(i)es. Read more…