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

Epic and Therapy: Helplessness, Loss, and Collective Trauma

“Alcidamas called the Odyssey a ‘fine mirror of human life’ ” καλὸν ἀνθρωπίνου βίου κάτοπτρον Aristotle, Rhetoric Like many of the people I talk to, I find myself incapable of focusing on much these days as a I move mechanically from zoom ‘teaching’ to virtual meetings, all while doom scrolling on twitter. We joke about … Continue reading Epic and Therapy: Helplessness, Loss, and Collective Trauma

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”

The Names of Agamemnon’s Daughters and the Death of Iphigenia

The sacrifice of Iphigenia is a pivotal moment in the tale of the House of Atreus—it motivates Agamemnon’s murder and in turn the matricide of Orestes—and the Trojan War, functioning as it does as a strange sacrifice of a virgin daughter of Klytemnestra in exchange for passage for a fleet to regain the adulteress Helen, … Continue reading The Names of Agamemnon’s Daughters and the Death of Iphigenia

Uncle Menelaos: Longhair, Clever Words, Just Don’t Care

Philostratus, Heroicus 29 “[He claims] that Menelaos fought after most of the Greeks did, used his brother to do everything, even though he received eagerness and good treatment from Agamemnon he was still envious of him especially of the things he was doing for them. See, he wanted to rule himself, but wasn’t worthy of … Continue reading Uncle Menelaos: Longhair, Clever Words, Just Don’t Care

Ancient Vampires 2: What’s Really Scary is Misogyny

This is the second post about ancient Greek Vampires. The first looked at the Empousa.  Lucian, Lover of Lies 2 “…these are various and disturbing tales, able to rattle the minds of children who still fear Mormo and Lamia.” πάνυ ἀλλόκοτα καὶ τεράστια μυθίδια παίδων ψυχὰς κηλεῖν δυνάμενα ἔτι τὴν Μορμὼ καὶ τὴν Λάμιαν δεδιότων. … Continue reading Ancient Vampires 2: What’s Really Scary is Misogyny

The Names of Agamemnon’s Daughters and the Death of Iphigenia

The sacrifice of Iphigenia is a pivotal moment in the tale of the House of Atreus—it motivates Agamemnon’s murder and in turn the matricide of Orestes—and the Trojan War, functioning as it does as a strange sacrifice of a virgin daughter of Klytemnestra in exchange for passage for a fleet to regain the adulteress Helen, … Continue reading The Names of Agamemnon’s Daughters and the Death of Iphigenia