“No one is so old that he thinks he could not live another year”
nemo enim est tam senex qui se annum non putet posse vivere #Cicero
2021 has kept us busy: from another year of Reading Greek Tragedy Online, to the debut of Pasts Imperfect, to a new baby, minor medical incidents, and just making it through each day, there’s been a lot of busyness in the second year of our COVID. Somehow, we kept this page up and running. Shit, if COVID, an insurrection, and a pandemic baby won’t kill this page, only Zeus knows what will.
So, another year, another list. Here are the new posts that got the most attention in 2021. Notable is that this is the first year when a majority of the top posts are by guests.
- Just a Girl: Being Briseis: an anonymous post on the challenges of teaching the Iliad when students (and instructor) have encountered sexual violence.
- Save the Humanities with this One Simple Trick: A take-down of Eric Adler’s milquetoast and limited The Battle of the Classics.
- Classics Beyond Whiteness: An Interview: Amy Lather and T. H. M. Gellar-Goad discuss a course at Wake Forest and Challenges in Classical Studies
- Heroic Grief: Celebrating a New Book on the Iliad: A few reflections on Emily Austin’s new book on the Iliad: Grief and the Hero: The Futility of Longing in the Iliad
- On the Linda Lindas, GenX and Classical Reception Studies: Arum Park’s fantastic discussion of identity, reception, and the Linda Lindas.
- Hektor’s Body and the Burden: A reflection on physical trauma the rereading of Hektor’s actions in the Iliad
- The Rest Can Go to Hell: Some Funerary Epigrams: A throw-back post!
- There’s Only One City: Istanbul: one of Arie Amaya Akkermans’ fabulous, ranging essays
- Add/Drop/Keep: A Classics Conversation: A conversation between Nandini Pandey and Ethan Ganesh Warren imagining the future of Classical Studies.
- The Wave of All Waves: Another fantastic essay by Arie Amaya Akkermans
“The coming years bring us many comforts, and take many away as they pass.”
Multa ferunt anni uenientes commoda secum,
multa recedentes adimunt. #Horace
If you can’t get enough of me, I published some things
“At the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, ancient Greece and Rome can tell us a lot about the links between collective trauma and going to war.” The Conversation September 3, 2021
with Sarah E. Bond, “The Man Behind the Myth: Should We Question the Hero’s Journey?” LA Review of Books, August 12, 2021
“Not everyone cheered the ancient Olympic games, but the sacred games brought together rival societies.” The Conversation, July 28, 2021
“What Greek epics taught me about the special relationship between fathers and sons.” The Conversation, June 15, 2021
“How theater can help communities heal from the losses and trauma of the pandemic.” The Conversation, May 20, 2021
“What Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ can teach us about reentering the world after a year of isolation.” The Conversation, April 22, 2021
I spent too much time talking
A Bit Lit, April 2021
Being Curious with Jonathan Van Ness (21 July 2021, with Sarah E. Bond)
Contra Campbell, December 13th, 2021 (Dan Schneider Interview 332)
On the Radio
Some conventional things were published too, email or DM for a copy
“Beautiful Bodies, Beautiful Minds: Some Applications of Disability Studies to Homer.” Classical World 114.4
“Catharsis During Covid-19: Learning about Greek Tragedy Online.’ Teaching Classics in Pandemic Times (Didaskalika 7) edited by Wolfgang Polleichtner. 2021 Speyer: Kartoffeldruck. 34–48.
(With E.T.E. Barker) “Heracles in Epic.” The Oxford Handbook to Heracles, edited by Daniel Ogden.
“Odysseus’ ‘Right’: Failed Transition and Political Power in the Odyssey” SAGE Business Cases