Agamemnon Killed Klytemnestra’s First Husband (and Child!)

According to just a few sources, Klytemnestra was married and had a child before she married Agamemnon. As one might expect, the story is not a happy one and includes many of the themes from the unhappy marriage between the two, including husband-killing and child-murder. The most famous accounts of this come from the 12th … Continue reading Agamemnon Killed Klytemnestra’s First Husband (and Child!)

Reading Euripides’ “Herakles”

Live- streaming now https://t.co/I2GTOLAnc0 — Ancient Greek Hero (@AncGreekHero) April 8, 2020 Euripides, Herakles 1256-1257 “I will convince you of this: my life’s not worth living now or even before.” …ἀναπτύξω δέ σοι ἀβίωτον ἡμῖν νῦν τε καὶ πάροιθεν ὄν. Over the past few weeks we have presented readings of Euripides’ Helen and Sophocles’ Philoktetes (in partnership … Continue reading Reading Euripides’ “Herakles”

Agamemnon Killed Klytemnestra’s First Husband (and Child!)

According to just a few sources, Klytemnestra was married and had a child before she married Agamemnon. As one might expect, the story is not a happy one and includes many of the themes from the unhappy marriage between the two, including husband-killing and child-murder. The most famous accounts of this come from the 12th … Continue reading Agamemnon Killed Klytemnestra’s First Husband (and Child!)

Our Unexamined Fears: Reading Euripides’ “Trojan Women” online

Euripides, Trojan Women 25-27 “I am leaving famous Ilion and my altars. Whenever terrible isolation overtakes a city The gods’ places turn sick and don’t want to receive worship” λείπω τὸ κλεινὸν Ἴλιον βωμούς τ᾽ ἐμούς: ἐρημία γὰρ πόλιν ὅταν λάβῃ κακή, νοσεῖ τὰ τῶν θεῶν οὐδὲ τιμᾶσθαι θέλει. I have been helping  the Center … Continue reading Our Unexamined Fears: Reading Euripides’ “Trojan Women” online

Re-post for #MythMonth: Helen’s Ghost

Homer, Iliad 3.3.146-160   The men who were near Priam, Panthoos, Thymoites Lampos, Klutios, and Hiketaôn, the descendent of Ares, Were Oukalegôn and Antênôr, two intelligent men. The council of elders sat there on the Skaian gates Slowed by old age, but still fine public speakers Something like cicadas who sit on the leaf Of a … Continue reading Re-post for #MythMonth: Helen’s Ghost

Iliad vs. Odyssey? An Essential Complementarity

A few days back I ran a twitter poll setting the Iliad against the Odyssey. I figured that the Iliad would win, but I did not expect this to be as close as it was. Another question for #classicstwitter. You can only save 1. Do you protect Homer's — sententiae antiquae (@sentantiq) May 23, 2018 If we were … Continue reading Iliad vs. Odyssey? An Essential Complementarity

Fighting Over Helen Just Might Make Sense

Homer, Iliad 3.3.146-160   The men who were near Priam, Panthoos, Thymoites Lampos, Klutios, and Hiketaôn, the descendent of Ares, Were Oukalegôn and Antênôr, two intelligent men. The council of elders sat there on the Skaian gates Slowed by old age, but still fine public speakers Something like cicadas who sit on the leaf Of a … Continue reading Fighting Over Helen Just Might Make Sense

More #MythMonth: Agamemnon Killed Klytemnestra’s First Husband (and Child!)

In comments to a recent post a reader mentioned a story I had forgotten to mention. According to just a few sources, Klytemnestra was married and had a child before she married Agamemnon. As one might expect, the story is not a happy one and includes many of the themes from the unhappy marriage between … Continue reading More #MythMonth: Agamemnon Killed Klytemnestra’s First Husband (and Child!)

Homer, Iliad 3.146-160: Fighting Over Helen Makes Some Sense…

Palaiophron brought out a great passage from Herodotus that shows the historian trying to make sense of the mythical accounts of the Trojan War. In the Iliad, Homer actually has Antenor suggest in an assembly in book 7 that the Trojans should give her back. But before then, the elders speak on the topic:   … Continue reading Homer, Iliad 3.146-160: Fighting Over Helen Makes Some Sense…