Topic for Discussion

Fathers and Sons in Epic and Lyric

What is the role played by fathers and sons in ancient Greek epic and lyric? Are fathers good role models? Do they show or teach their children how to behave or function? What kind of relationships do we witness in the texts? Are immortal and mortal fathers portrayed in similar ways? Read more

Servitude | Part 1: Female servants in Homer

In Homeric poetry, apart from family members there are other members of the household [oikos] who are described by many different Greek words, and carry out differing roles. We were interested in understanding what those words would have meant and how servitude was portrayed, in the context of ancient Greek song culture of the Iliad and Odyssey. We start our exploration with female slaves/servants. Read more

Aiakos: Judge Among the Immortals?

Whether Aiakos actually settled disputes among the gods themselves is supported by Pindar when referring to the nymph Aegina who “...bore Aeacus [Aiakos], the dearest of all men on earth to the loud-thundering father. Aeacus [Aiakos] settled disputes even for the gods.” Read more

Hair, part 3 | Rituals with hair

"Achilles...went a space away from the pyre, and cut off the yellow flowing lock which he had let grow for the river Sperkheios. ...and said, "... now, therefore, that I shall see my home no more, I give this lock as a keepsake to the hero Patroklos." Who offers their hair and under what circumstances? What is the significance of the river gods? Do customs vary in different regions? How does… Read more