Homeric epic

Homeric Greek | Odyssey 1.80–92: Epithets of gods, of cattle, of Achaeans, and of Odysseus

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 1.80–92. Topics include: epithets of gods, of cattle, of Achaeans, and of Odysseus; nostos, the roles of Hermes and Athena;… Read more

Composition-in-Performance and Micronarrative

Some of us have been reading the Old English poem Beowulf together, using the same slow reading techniques and discussions that we have been used to for the Greek texts. Recently we were looking at a passage in which a poet tells a story, and of course it brought to mind the bards and micro-narratives within Homeric epic. Read more