Word Study

Beyond Translation: Decoding Ancient Greek Dictionary Entries, with Joel Christensen

Would you like to learn more about ancient Greek words? Have you tried to look up a word in an ancient Greek dictionary, only to find that you weren't sure how to decode the information that was there? These entries may look intimidating at first, but with a little guidance everyone can make the most of tools like the "Great Scott"—even readers who don't know ancient Greek. Read more

Under Discussion: The Wine-dark Sea

One of the persistent topics in discussion was the mystery of the “wine-dark” or “wine-colored” sea. This phrase has been found and translated within Homeric poetry, the works of Hesiod, and is a phrase which continues to be used right up to today. But what does it mean? Is the sea really wine colored? Have you ever seen a purple sea, and could this actually happen in the achingly blue… Read more