poetry

CHS Online Open House | The poetry of Horace, with Gregory Nagy

We were delighted to welcome Gregory Nagy, Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, and Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies, for a discussion on the poetry of Horace. In preparation for this event, you might like to read his article in Classical Inquiries "Some imitations of Pindar and Sappho by Horace." Read more

Under Discussion: The song of Daskalogiannis

I discovered that the dance Pentozali which has its roots in the Ancient Pyrrhic dance like the dance Serra of the Pontiac Greeks, was first danced by Daskalogiannis and his men before the revolt of 1770. Different versions of this initial poem can be found of different lengths as the poem kept changing by repetition. Read more

In Focus: Song 1 of Sappho

|1 You with pattern-woven flowers, immortal Aphrodite, |2 child of Zeus, weaver of wiles, I implore you, |3 do not devastate with aches and sorrows,|4 Mistress, my heart! |5 But come here [tuide], if ever at any other time |6 hearing my voice from afar, |7 you heeded me, and leaving the palace of your father, |8 golden, you came, |9 having harnessed the chariot; and you were carried along… Read more