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Homeric Greek | Odyssey 1.178–186: Multiple versions, wine-bright sea, and blazing iron

In this segment, Douglas Frame (CHS), Leonard Muellner (Brandeis University), and Gregory Nagy (Harvard University), read in Homeric Greek, translate, and discuss Odyssey 1.178–186. Topics include demonstratives, the verb eukhomai, Athena as Mentes, the preposition epi, the adjective allothroosand placenames, the phrases agō aithōna sidēron and epi oinopa ponton, and epithets and properties of wine in the poetic tradition. Read more

Homeric Greek | Odyssey 1.136–143: Dining, and serving food

We are pleased to share this segment in the Center for Hellenic Studies series on reading Homeric epic in ancient Greek. In each installment we read, translate, and discuss a small passage in the original Greek in the most accessible way. In this segment, Gregory Nagy, Leonard Muellner, and Douglas Frame read Odyssey 1.136–143. Topics include: hand-washing before a meal, types of food, how the food was served, and more! Read more

Homeric Greek | Odyssey 1.63–79: Polyphemus, traditions of the Cyclopes, Poseidon and Zeus

We are pleased to share this segment in the CHS series on reading Homeric epic in ancient Greek. In each installment we read, translate, and discuss a small passage in the original Greek in the most accessible way. In this segment, Gregory Nagy, Leonard Muellner, and Douglas Frame read Odyssey 1.63–79. Topics include: epithets and relationship of Zeus and Poseidon, land and sea, Polyphemos and the Kyklopes, the barrier of… Read more