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|December 28, 2017||By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy, Pausanias commentary, Pausanias reader|
2017.12.28 | By Gregory Nagy
I continue from where I left off in Classical Inquiries 2017.12.21. Here on the cover page, I focus on what Pausanias says at 1.14.6 about the mystical birth of Erikhthonios. I show a painting that represents this birth as visualized in the fifth century BCE. Pictured here is the moment when the goddess Gē / Gaia, or Earth, who is the mother of Erikhthonios, is lifting her earthborn child and handing him over to the goddess Athena for safe keeping.
|December 21, 2017||By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy, Pausanias commentary, Pausanias reader|
2017.12.21 | By Gregory Nagy
I continue from where I left off in Classical Inquiries 2017.12.14. Here on the cover page, I focus on what Pausanias will be reporting at 1.11.1, where we read that a Greek king named Pyrrhos-son-of-Aiakidēs claimed as his ancestor, counting twenty generations backward in time, the Greek hero Pyrrhos-son-of-Achilles. I marvel at what seems to me such an intriguingly short span of time separating the king in history from the hero in epic. Here on the cover, I show a close-up from a vase painting by an artist named Douris, dated at around 490 BCE, which pictures a moment when Pyrrhos the hero reaches out to receive the helmet of his dead father, Achilles. We see the profile of the young hero as he contemplates the helmet that he holds delicately in his hand. But the profile of the helmet that is facing him seems to have a face of its own—a dead face that is staring back at Pyrrhos, returning the young man’s gaze. The dead face is radiating its vision of death. I am reminded of the traditional pose in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 1, where the young prince returns with his gaze the blank stare of death emanating from the skull that is facing him as he holds it in his hand.
|December 15, 2017||By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy, Pausanias commentary, Pausanias reader|
2017.12.14 | By Gregory Nagy
I continue from where I left off in Classical Inquiries 2017.11.30. I present a revised translation of the text of Pausanias that I cover here, 1.5.1–1.8.1, with most sections followed by subject headings and, occasionally, by comments. From the end of 1.6.1 to the end of 1.8.1, there is a lengthy digression about the dynasties founded by Attalos and Ptolemy. But I will be focusing on a passage that occurs before that digression, at 1.5.4, where Pausanias makes mention of three mythological figures: they are Procne, Philomela, and Tereus (more accurately in Greek: Proknē, Philomēlā, and Tēreus). The tragic story of these three catastrophic figures is best known today from the celebrated version of Ovid, Metaphorphoses 6.401–674. The illustration here on the cover focuses on Philomela/Philomene, standing next to the web of tragic pictures that she has just finished weaving on her vertical loom.
|November 30, 2017||By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy, Pausanias commentary, Pausanias reader|
2017.11.30 (revised 2017.12.03) | By Gregory Nagy
I continue from where I left off in Classical Inquiries 2017.11.09. I present a revised translation of the text of Pausanias that I cover here, 1.3.2–1.4.6, with most sections followed by subject headings and, occasionally, by comments. Much of the text to be covered here, from the end of 1.3.5 to the end of 1.4.6, is a lengthy digression about the ancient Gauls, and, at the beginning of that digression, we find a passing reference to a myth that has intrigued me for four and a half decades. In my comments, I concentrate on that myth, which is about a cosmic crash that happened once upon a time when Hēlios, god of the sun, made the mistake of allowing his solar chariot to be driven across the sky, just for one day, by a chariot driver other than himself. That other driver turned out to be the most reckless of all chariot drivers in ancient Greek myth. He was the mortal son of Hēlios, the hero Phaethon.
|November 12, 2017||By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy, Homer commentary|
2017.11.12 | By Gregory Nagy
This draft of mine is meant as a first step leading toward a more formal declaration shared by the three founding authors of A Homer commentary in progress: Douglas Frame, Leonard Muellner, Gregory Nagy. The signatures for our joint declaration are represented by thumbnail images of the covers for three books of ours centering on Homer. The books are listed below in the Bibliography for my draft, where the URN is indicated for each one of the three books: Frame 2009, Muellner 1996, Nagy 1990.
|November 10, 2017||By Maša Ćulumović listed under Guest Post, Pindar commentary|
2017.11.10 | By Maša Ćulumović
Olympian 5 is one of the few Pindaric odes that lack a mythical narrative. The focus, instead, is on the victor himself and on his role in the resettlement of his hometown of Kamarina. The ode refers also to other benefactions credited to the victor, especially the glory of two Olympic victories that made his homeland famous. Extended descriptions of Kamarina and of the victor’s latest victory in Olympia are especially striking. My comments focus on those descriptions, and I analyze them from the standpoint of a subfield of linguistics, pragmatics, as I proceed to examine the spatial orientations and shifts effected through verbal signs and cues.