Category: By Gregory Nagy
|June 14, 2018||By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy, Pausanias commentary, Pausanias reader|
2018.06.14 | By Gregory Nagy
My experiments with translating Pausanias, as reflected in several essays I have posted in Classical Inquiries, have by now reached a point where I have finished retranslating most of Pausanias Scroll 1. In the present posting, I explain what I mean by “retranslation,” showing a sample. In this sample, I retranslate the original Greek wording used by Pausanias as he briefly retells a myth about the sad death of an Amazon named Hippolyte.
|June 6, 2018||By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy|
2018.06.06 | By Gregory Nagy
This posting in Classical Inquiries for 2018.06.06 picks up from where I left off in a posting for 2016.03.03, the title of which was “Picturing Homer as a cult hero.” I now turn to a close parallel, which is a picturing of Archilochus as a cult hero in the island state of Paros.
|June 1, 2018||By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy|
2018.06.01 | By Gregory Nagy
This post is about a poetic competition or Certamen ‘Contest’ that took place, story has it, between Homer and Hesiod. In all attested versions of the story, Hesiod won and Homer lost. In some versions, as we will see, the setting for Hesiod’s victory was memorialized in the city-state of Chalkis, located on the island of Euboea, and this detail is relevant, as we will also see, to stories about a protracted conflict involving Chalkis and a rival city-state, Eretria, which was located on the same island of Euboea. Such a conflict, which historians date as ongoing from around 750 to 506 BCE, is commonly known as the Lelantine War. The ancient historian Thucydides (1.15.3) draws attention to the grand dimensions of this protracted conflict, observing that many other city states got involved and took sides by making alliances with either Eretria or Chalkis. Such conflicting alliances, it can be argued, correspond to conflicting appropriations of Homeric and Hesiodic poetry by city-states that sided with Eretria and Chalkis respectively. Thus the Lelantine War can even be viewed as a stylized conflict between “team Homer” and “team Hesiod” respectively.
|May 25, 2018||By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy, Pausanias commentary, Pausanias reader|
2018.05.25 | By Gregory Nagy
The Greek name for the mythological figure whom we recognize as the White Goddess was Leukotheā—a name that actually means ‘white goddess’. In the ancient myths that tell about this figure, however, she was not always a goddess: once upon a time, she was a mortal woman named Ino, wife of the hero Athamas and mother of the child-hero Melikertes. This Ino was considered to be a hero in her own right: she was in fact worshipped as a cult hero in the city of Megara, as we read in the text of the ancient traveler Pausanias, who lived in the second century CE. When our traveler visited Megara, he saw there a hērōion ‘hero-shrine’ that had been built in honor of Ino. But, Pausanias adds, this female hero was also known in Megara as the White Goddess. How can that be? In the present posting, I offer a possible explanation.
|May 18, 2018||By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy|
2018.05.18 | By Gregory Nagy
Ann Bergren died suddenly at home on May 10, 2016. In response to an e-mail sent soon thereafter to friends by a dear colleague of hers at UCLA, Robert Gurval, who reported to us the painful news of Ann’s death, I sent back to Bob, cc to all, especially to Ann’s dear son, Taylor B. Bergren-Chrisman, a message expressing the deep sadness felt by both Holly and me about losing such a dear friend and colleague. But my sad message was mixed with happy thoughts. As I told Bob Gurval, and he has already agreed to help, the Center for Hellenic Studies is planning an event that celebrates the academic and artistic legacy of Ann Bergren. This posting here concentrates on the happy prospect of celebrating the life and times of this extraordinary free spirit.
On women and weaving, draft of a two-part Foreword to a work by Hanna Eilittä Psychas, Women Weaving the World: Text and Textile in the Kalevala and Beyond
|May 10, 2018||By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy, Guest Post|
2018.05.10 | By Gregory Nagy and David F. Elmer
Women Weaving the World: Text and Textile in the Kalevala and Beyond, by Hanna Eilittä Psychas, was completed in December 2017. It originated as a thesis presented in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts at Harvard University. The author of Part I of the bipartite Foreword to the online edition of Women Weaving the World, Gregory Nagy, was the supervisor of the thesis, while the author of Part II, David F. Elmer, was the professor designated by Harvard’s Department of Comparative Literature to evaluate the thesis. The text of Part II derives from Elmer’s evaluation, which resulted in the grade of summa cum laude for the thesis.