The Oresteia gets a facelift

House of Names chronicles disturbed people performing disturbing acts. The novel is based on the story of Orestes as dramatized by three playwrights of ancient Greece: Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. But acclaimed novelist Colm Tóibín radically revised the story and its structure, inventing new characters and made the attributes of existing ones more complex than their original versions. However, one thing that remains true to the original is the House… Read more

Book Club | October 2016: Euripides’ Helen

Our next Book Club selection takes us to the world of ancient Greek drama, and that most famous and beautiful of women, Helen. There is a new "heroized" version of the play in the Text Library, which tracks the Core Vocab words that we are familiar with from the HeroesX project and the Sourcebook. We also provide links to other free online translations. We will discuss in the forum and… Read more

Introducing Euripides’ Helen

We are pleased to share a revised version of E.P. Coleridge's translation of Euripides' Helen that tracks Core Vocab words in the same way as the Sourcebook. This was the result of the third community-driven collaborative "heroization" project. You can also read an introduction to the drama, its characters, and themes. Read more

Gallery: Aphrodite and Artemis

"Hippolytus... says that I am the most kakē of the daimones. He scorns the nuptial bed and takes no notice of marriage, but to Artemis, the sister of Phoebus and daughter of Zeus, he gives tīmē and believes that she is the greatest of the daimones." In Euripides’ Hippolytus, Aphrodite (Venus) and Artemis (Diana) are rivals. This Gallery shows how some sculptors and painters represented the two beautiful goddesses. They… Read more


Finding Helen in texts is frustrating. Many contradictory facts may be encountered. Who was Helen? What about her life, her power, her birth, her beauty? Was she hated or was she loved? If we were to write a short biography, it might read like this: Helen was the daughter of Leda and Tyndareus/Zeus, and Clytemnestra, Castor and Polydeuces' sister. Penelope was her cousin. She married Menelaos king of Sparta, was… Read more