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The Psychology of Alcibiades

"In this lecture I make the argument that Plutarch's portrait of the fifth-century Athenian statesman, Alcibiades, shares many character traits with the contemporary construct of the psychopath, namely, grandiosity, low emotional affect, instrumental aggression, and chameleon-like versatility. Moreover, Alcibiades' conduct as a leader, again as described by Plutarch, can help us appreciate our own contemporary ambivalence toward psychopathic leadership in the fields of politics and beyond." Read more

Homeric Questions with Leonard Muellner

Today there is no agreement about what the Homeric Question might be. Perhaps the most succinct of many possible formulations is this one: “The Homeric Question is primarily concerned with the composition, authorship, and date of the Iliad and the Odyssey.” Not that any one way of formulating the question in the past was ever really sufficient. Who was Homer? When and where did Homer live? Was there a Homer? Read more

CHS Dialogues | Justice, Palm Trees, and the Transition to Prose

Did you know that in the ancient Mediterranean world, a palm tree could be a symbol of fertility associated with justice? Gregory Nagy and Keith Stone also discuss this and more in the latest CHS Dialogue. Don't miss their analysis of a fascinating Attic red-figure column-krater (c. 450 BCE) featuring Apollo, Artemis, and a sacred palm tree. Read more

Finding Beauty in the Smallest Words: Anna Bonifazi on Ancient Greek Particles

We are pleased to share the following video conversation with Dr. Anna Bonifazi (Universität Heidelberg) who directs a collaborative project on particle use across genres in ancient Greek literature. Bonifazi and her team show that the systematic study of particles and particle clusters offers valuable information about performance and narrative organization. This discussion offers an accessible and engaging preview of Bonifazi's work. What emerges is a sense that the smallest and most frequently overlooked… Read more