Agamemnon

Homeric Iliad 1.1–67

As you well know the first word of the poem, mēnis, indicates ‘anger’, as both Greg and Lenny have so carefully discussed. This first word establishes a tone or mode for the complete work as anger is exchanged through an economy of metaphors with violence, death, grief, lamentation, and ultimately with kleos itself as the final price of an heroic life: that is, the poetic medium of this narrative song.… Read more

Video—CHS Open House: The Power of Performance: Mythology and Outreach Today, with Paul O’Mahony

We were pleased to welcome actor, writer, and educator Paul O'Mahony for a CHS Open House discussion on 'The Power of Performance: Mythology and Outreach Today'. He discussed the reception of classical texts and approaches to performance, using his own experience of creating and watching various shows (both tragic and comic) to find new and exciting ways to re-imagine them. He also discussed the importance of mythology and performance in… Read more

Change Your Point of View and Change What you See

The play Agamemnon is the hot topic in the community at the moment. If you know Aeschylus’ work you know this is the first play in a trilogy which leads to a showdown between the old goddesses of claw and fang versus the new goddess of the city. Having read the Agamemnon before and knowing where the trilogy takes us, I chose to change my perspective this time. Read more

In Focus: Iliad 19, lines 76–138

"...I am not responsible [aitios]. |87 No, those who are really responsible are Zeus and Fate [Moira] and the Fury [Erinys] who roams in the mist. |88 They are the ones who, at the public assembly, had put savage derangement [atē] into my thinking [phrenes] |89 on that day when I myself deprived Achilles of his honorific portion [geras]. |90 But what could I do? The god is the one who brings everything to… Read more