Posts Tagged by Helen
|September 28, 2016||By Keith Stone listed under Guest Post|
2016.09.28 | By Keith Stone
Why does the epic narrative allow Telemakhos, whom it shows on a quest to connect with his father, to remain emotionally unaffected by the stories about Odysseus that he hears from Helen and Menelaos in Odyssey 4?
|June 2, 2016||By Gregory Nagy listed under By Gregory Nagy|
When I say etymology here, I mean the procedure of reconstructing a form by way of linguistics. This procedure is expected to start from a current phase of the given form and then to move back in time to an earlier phase—ideally, all the way back to the earliest phase. In terms of the etymology of the word etymology, what linguists hope to recover by way of such reconstruction is the ‘genuine meaning’, which is how I translate the ancient Greek words étumos and lógos—and which is what I mean when I say essence in the title here. In what follows, I face the question of “etymology and essence.” And, at the end, I offer comments relevant to various different etymologies proposed for the name of Helen, who as I mentioned in my posting for 2016.05.02 seems to be a heroine in the Homeric Iliad even though she is worshipped as a goddess in places like Sparta. My concluding question, then, will be this: what is the etymology or étumos lógos ‘genuine meaning’ of the name of Helen, Greek Helénē (῾Ελένη)?
|May 5, 2016||By John C. Franklin listed under Guest Post|
One or more versions of the lost epic Kypria, which came to serve as a prequel to the Iliad, must have contained wandering adventures set in the eastern Mediterranean, deriving from a multiform traditional background that can be partially reconstructed from scattered traces.
|May 3, 2016||By Lenny Muellner listed under Guest Post|
The ritual roles of Helen in the performance of poetry for lament and initiation, both within the epic and in Spartan cult outside it, complement and enrich the picture of Helen’s poetic perspective in the 6th rhapsody of the Iliad.
|May 3, 2016||By Guy Smoot listed under Guest Post|
Linguists have argued over the etymology of Helen, proposing various derivations on the basis of correspondences between compatible roots and specific aspects of her myth. What if they were all correct (for the most part)?
|May 3, 2016||By Darah Vann listed under Guest Post|
Helen of Troy is a complex character who transgresses traditional female roles, making her characterization unwomanly to the point of being non-female. Helen is not merely the beauty who passively started the Trojan War, whatever her actual role in her abduction was, but she is also a symbol of the fears and anxieties non-womanly women produced.