Posts Tagged by Homer
|January 8, 2020||Filled under Featured, Topic for Discussion||
“Oh to clasp your tender limbs, a mother’s fondest [most philos] joy! Oh to breathe your fragrant breath! … Kiss your mother now for the last time, nestle to her that bore you, twine your arms about my neck and join your lips to mine!”
Recent Book Club discussion prompted me to think about how human emotions were depicted in some of the readings from Greek antiquity. Read more…
|December 3, 2019||Filled under Featured, Visiting Scholars||
We were excited to welcome Caroline Stark of Howard University for an Online Open House. The title of the discussion was: Reception of Greek in Renaissance Italy.
The event took place on Thursday, December 5 at 11:00 a.m. EST. It was live-streamed and recorded. Read more…
|October 7, 2019||Filled under Featured, Topic for Discussion||
In part 2 we see the difficulty of being a mortal mother of a hero.
Unlike some of the examples we looked at featuring divine mothers, these sons do not rely on their mothers or ask them for help, and the mothers seem to have no control over events or their sons’ lives. But as with the divine mothers, some are caring while others act unlovingly to their sons. Read more…
|September 25, 2019||Filled under Featured, Topic for Discussion||
In these posts we are looking at the way the relationship between mothers and sons is portrayed in Homeric epic. In this first post we look at some divine mothers: Aphrodite, mother of Aeneas, and Thetis, mother of Achilles; Hera and Hephaistos, and the role Thetis played in caring for Hephaistos. Does their own immortality shape the care they have for their children? Is there a difference between mothers whose sons are mortal, and those whose sons are immortal? Read more…