The Cypria The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours
I begin with two small points of detail concerning passages that presuppose our fragment. The Euripidean scholion is obviously thinking of the lines from the Cypria. Observe in particular its use of βάρος, κουφίσαι, and the rare adjective Ἰλιακός (see my notes on verses 4, 5, and 6). The… What does it mean to be a hero? The ancient Greeks who gave us Achilles and Odysseus had a very different understanding of the term than we do today. Based on the legendary Harvard course that Gregory Nagy has taught for well over thirty years, The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours explores the roots of Western civilization and offers a masterclass in classical Greek literature.
Nagy, Gregory. 2013. The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:hul.ebook:CHS_NagyG.The_Ancient_Greek_Hero_in_24_Hours.2013.