Word Study

Core Vocab: nomos

Solon "was spending ten years abroad after having made laws [nomoi] for the Athenians ... the real reason was not to have to repeal any of the laws [nomoi] he had made. The Athenians could not do this on their own, having sworn by the strongest oaths to observe for ten years whatever laws [nomoi] Solon gave them." Our next Core Vocab term is nomos [νόμος], glossed in H24H and… Read more

Spring for the ancient Greeks

"Winter made fun of Spring and mocked her... Spring replied, 'Indeed, that is exactly why mankind would be glad to get rid of you, whereas even the mere mention of my name is enough to bring them pleasure. By Zeus, there is no name more pleasant than mine! That is why they think fondly of me when I am gone and give thanks when I appear again.’" Following our previous… Read more

Snow for the ancient Greeks

"And if one were to tell of the wintry-cold [kheimōn], past all enduring, when Ida’s snow [khiōn] slew the birds...but why should we bewail all this?" Many areas in the northern hemisphere are currently experiencing heavy snow and cold temperatures. So we are sharing some passages on the subject from the ancient Greek texts. Read more

Core Vocab: ainos, ainigma

This time our Core Vocab exploration, taken from terms listed in H24H and tracked in the associated Sourcebook, is about ainos [αἶνος] ‘authoritative utterance for and by a social group; praise; fable’; and the related word ainigma [αἴνιγμα] ‘riddle’. Gregory Nagy provides this working definition: "an ainos is a performance of ambivalent wording that becomes clarified once it is correctly understood and then applied in moments of making moral decisions… Read more