Reading Homer

Homeric Greek | Odyssey 1.163–168: comparatives, the lost homecoming, and Telemachus’ misery

In this segment Gregory Nagy (Harvard University), Leonard Muellner (Brandeis University), and Douglas Frame (CHS), read, translate, and discuss Odyssey 1.163–168. Topics include: importance of being swifter rather than richer; keinos as a marker of absence/presence; Homeric perfect in direct speech and the homecoming that has been lost; and Telemachus' despondence. Read more

Homeric Greek | Odyssey 1.149–155: Desire for food and drink, and Homeric stringed instruments

We are pleased to share this segment in the CHS series on reading Homeric epic in ancient Greek. In each installment we read, translate, and discuss a small passage in the original Greek in the most accessible way. In this segment, Gregory Nagy, Leonard Muellner, and Douglas Frame read Odyssey 1.149–154. Topics include word choices, effects of the particles, the figure of the poet Phemios, and shifting visualizations of stringed… Read more

Homeric Greek | Odyssey 1.144–148: Couches, chairs, and camera’s choreography

We are pleased to share this segment in the CHS series on reading Homeric epic in ancient Greek. In each installment we read, translate, and discuss a small passage in the original Greek in the most accessible way. In this segment, Gregory Nagy, Leonard Muellner, and Douglas Frame read Odyssey 1.144–148. Topics include couches and chairs, with a close attention to the cinematic qualities of the description, and the effects… Read more