multiformity

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

The Homer Multitext Update

This summer, as we do every summer, we'll remove the bindings so to speak from the medieval manuscripts and fully examine their contents, study surviving papyrus fragments in all their multiform messiness, and try to visualize without judgment the Iliad known to Plato and Aeschines. The attested multiforms of the Iliad give us an opportunity to know and appreciate a wider range of performance traditions for this remarkable poem than… Read more