oral poetics

Armenian Song Culture—Vahagn

The Birth of Vahagn is one of the songs Moses of Khoren mentions in his book. Prof. Nagy touched upon this song in Hour 21 of The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours. Vahagn is known as the fire-god, god of war and courage. His epithet ,vishapakagh,'dragon slayer', along with the fire element remind us of Hercules. 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

New from CHS: Albert B. Lord The Singer of Tales

We are pleased to announce that Albert B. Lord's The Singer of Tales is now available, for free, in electronic form on the CHS website. Albert Lord's book builds on the work begun by Milman Parry during his search for the oral traditions in the Yugoslavia of 1933–35, when he began recording and studying a living tradition of oral poetry to further understanding of how Homeric poetry had been composed.… Read more