Open House | Kinyras: The Divine Lyre, with John C. Franklin

Watch the CHS Open House discussion with John C. Franklin discussing his book Kinyras: The Divine Lyre. Kinyras was a mythical priest-king of pre-Greek Cyprus, and John C. Franklin's research draws on Greco-Roman material and Near Eastern evidence for the divinization of temple lyres, and seeks to illustrate the cultural interactions in the eastern Mediterranean. Read more

The Mountain Gods and Musical Contests

It is odd that a culture that seems to personify most natural features as deities has so few gods of the mountain peaks.There seem to be only ten mountains called “god.” Three of them, Helikon, Cithaeron, and Tmolus, have distinctive myths or personalities. Cithaeron and Tmolus are associated with Dionysus, Helikon more famously with Apollo and the Muses. These three mountains are also associated with musical contests. Read more