A variation on the idea of a gleam that blinded Homer

2016.02.25 | By Gregory Nagy In the posting for 2016.02.18, I quoted the text of a story told in a set of ancient myths about the life of Homer. In that story, Homer was blinded by a gleam of light that emanated from the shining bronze armor of Achilles. The telling of the story as I quoted it in that posting is immediately followed in the same text by the… Read more

Just to look at all the shining bronze here, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven: Seeing bronze in the ancient Greek world

2016.02.18 | By Gregory Nagy In Odyssey 4, as soon as the young hero Telemachus arrives as a visitor to Sparta, home of king Menelaos and his queen Helen, he feasts his eyes on all the shining splendor of their royal palace. As he takes it all in, he cannot resist saying out loud that he has never before seen anything quite so dazzling. My essay here is about the… Read more

What is on Homer’s mind?

2016.02.11 | By Gregory Nagy In the verbal art of Homeric poetry, we find two passages where Homer actually says that he has something on his mind. The first something is the good ship Argo in Odyssey 12.70 and the second something is the hero Odysseus himself in Odyssey 9.10. Read more

Textual Comment on Aristotle, Poetics 1447b7–9, Part 2

2016.02.02 | By Coleman Connelly How can the Syriac and Arabic tradition of Aristotle’s Poetics help editors of the Greek text at Poetics 1447b7–9? In Part 2 of my comment, I walk the reader through this thorny textual problem, and demonstrate the dangers of ignoring lost Syriac intermediaries when editing Greek texts on the basis of Arabic translations. Read more