Posts Tagged by Andromache
Ch’unhyang—typological comparisons from late-Chosŏn Korean song culture and modern Korean film culture
|August 29, 2018||By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy, H24H||
2018.08.29 | By Gregory Nagy
§0. I focus here on two clips that I could describe as “lament-by-premonition” and “lament during moments of excruciating pain.” These clips will both involve a kind of comparison that is known as “typological.” Here is a working definition from H24H 3§11… typological comparison is a kind of comparative method that has to do with the study of parallelisms between structures as structures pure and simple, without any presuppositions. Such a mode of comparison is especially useful in fields like linguistics: comparing parallel structures in languages—even if the given languages are unrelated to each other—is a proven way of enhancing one’s overall understanding of the linguistic structures being compared. In what follows, I will not be doing any linguistic comparisons, however. Instead, I will simply be comparing art forms as they exist in two historically unrelated cultures, ancient/medieval/modern Greek and late-Chosŏn/modern Korean.
|August 12, 2015||By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy, H24H|
2015.08.12 | By Gregory Nagy
The lamentations that the sisters and the wife of Cato had performed in mourning for him are symmetrical, in their dramatic force, to the lamentations that could have been performed by Porcia, daughter of Cato, for her husband Brutus. I cite here a most revealing passage I found in Plutarch’s Life of Brutus, along with my own translation from the original Greek. We see here the figure of Porcia expressing her intense feelings of foreboding as she contemplates the doom that awaits her husband at the Battle of Philippi. Instead of lamenting here, over and over again, Porcia reverts—over and over again—to a timeless picture of such lamentation, as performed by Andromache in her feelings of foreboding over the impending doom of her husband Hector.
|June 17, 2015||By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy, H24H|
In Odyssey 8, Odysseus sheds tears both times when he hears the two songs of Demodokos about the Trojan War, paraphrased at verses 72–83 and 487–498. As I argued in what I posted for 2015.06.10, Odysseus is weeping because he recognizes that the stories told in these songs are signals of a sorrow felt by himself and even by Achilles.
|March 6, 2015||By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy, H24H||
In the Homeric Iliad, Andromache is shown in the act of singing three songs of lamentation. Each one of these songs, as “quoted” by the narrative of Homeric poetry, can be considered a masterpiece of lament. You will find these three songs at: (1) Iliad 6.407–439 (2) Iliad 22.477–514 (3) Iliad 24.725–745 In my book The Ancient Greek Hero […]