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The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours | Gallery: Part 3

The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours is based on a course that Professor Gregory Nagy has been teaching at Harvard University since the late 1970s. The book discusses selected readings of texts, all translated from the original Greek into English. This series of galleries attempts to illustrate each Hour with visual art. This third gallery covers Hours 9–12. Read more

Homeric Greek | Odyssey 1.163–168: comparatives, the lost homecoming, and Telemachus’ misery

In this segment Gregory Nagy (Harvard University), Leonard Muellner (Brandeis University), and Douglas Frame (CHS), read, translate, and discuss Odyssey 1.163–168. Topics include: importance of being swifter rather than richer; keinos as a marker of absence/presence; Homeric perfect in direct speech and the homecoming that has been lost; and Telemachus' despondence. Read more

Nestor’s Epic Success?

Nestor in the Odyssey is home in Pylos. He got a safe nostos, he is surrounded by his beloved wife and his children: six boys and several daughters and daughters-in-law. He seems ageless. In this passage from the Sourcebook, a wonderful scene with his guests and family is shown. The setting is perfect. The sacrifice is detailed beautifully. Athena herself is present. The guest of honor is Telemachus. The scene… Read more

Journey’s End

~A guest post by Jacqui Donlon and the Oinops Study Group~     “Yea, and if some god shall wreck me in the wine-dark deep, even so I will endure… For already have I suffered full much, and much… Read more

Transcript: CHS Open House, with Gregory Nagy, on nostos, Names, and the Younger Generation of Heroes

We were pleased to welcome Gregory Nagy, and Allie Marbry, for another CHS Open House session. Following last week's conversation, and in conjunction with the readings of the Book Club, our discussion topics included questions from the community about some of the issues that emerged from those conversations. This event is available only in transcription, as a PDF handout. Read more