A word of caution from the Ancients...

A word of caution from the Ancients – to Syria, Nigeria, Ukraine, Colombia, the inner city, and all the other places dark shadows fall…

“When these self-slaughterers lie… 124 more words


Theogony and Works and Days by Hesiod

The poet “often mentioned in the same breath as Homer” serves as our “other main representative of the early world-view.” Not exactly the most inspiring material in the world, Hesiod presents the cosmogony of the world as genealogy, providing us with the birth of three hundred plus gods and goddesses into the world. 727 more words

Philoctetes by Sophocles (trans. David Greene)

I found the character of Philoctetes from the play of the self-same name to be Sophocles most tragic figure. Unfortunately, a horrible deus ex machina ruins an otherwise compelling play. 651 more words

Taking Sides

Taking Sides

(for Jared Meyer)

“Which gods will side with Hellas, which with Troy?”
They had their petty reasons for deciding:
possession of a woman, girl, or boy; 94 more words

Badass women in literature: Antigone

It’s tough being a woman in classical Greek mythology and literature.   Most female characters fall into two categories.  They can be scary-strong, like Clytemnestra.  This charming woman, along with her lover Aegisthus, murders her husband Agamemnon as soon as he returns home from the Trojan War.    1,039 more words


Upcoming Lecture: Greek Tragedy Amongst the "Barbarians" in 4th century BCE Italy by Professor Thomas Carpenter (Ohio University)

Greek Tragedy Amongst the “Barbarians” in 4th century BCE Italy


While there is general agreement that Attic tragedies were performed in the Greek cities of South Italy, few have considered the possibility of Greek theater productions in Italic (non-Greek) settlements as well. 184 more words

Should I Stay Or Should I Go? Tennyson's "Ulysses"

In my World Literature class, we are finishing up Homer’s The Odyssey.  Odysseus has finally made it home to Ithaca after being away for 20 years—ten in the Trojan War, and ten lost at sea on the way home.  1,031 more words