Posts Tagged by Andromache
|August 12, 2015||By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy, H24H|
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 […]