glaukopis: Woman in classical dress (classics)
Realizing just how strange the words "Fate is kind," etc., from "When You Wish upon a Star" would have sounded to the Greeks.

(Was there any tradition of referring to Moira in euphemistic/apotropaic terms, as to the underworld gods? I feel a little bad that I don't know.)
glaukopis: Woman in classical dress (classics)
I have handed in my honors thesis.

It weighs in at thirty-four pages (plus an eight-page chart as the appendix). The title is "Standing Between: Supernatural Events in the Iliad," which conveniently gives away the subject. It's hard to explain the premise without sounding pretentious, but, as I once put it, it considers the plot in terms of the reinforcement and dissolution of boundaries between the divine and mortal worlds. I had the first stirrings of this idea in GRK 312, when the professor asked if anyone else was bothered by Achilles' horse talking; it seemed too strange, he said. I didn't speak up at the time. Instead, I wrote about 10,600 words about why I think he's wrong there, which would seem to say a lot about my MO.
glaukopis: Painting: Lady of Shalott (shalott)
1. My poem "Duality" is online at The Siren.

2. Tired of Veterinarian-Ballerina-Schoolteacher Barbie? Why not Classicist Barbie? Accessories include a bust of Homer and a tiny Oxford Classical Dictionary.

3. Mel Gibson IS Hamlet. Or, well, maybe not. The Viking-ish setting also gives me pause--I'm well aware of the fallacy of depicting the past as "primitive" and therefore "noble," but it seems to me that the world of the play is rather too subtle, too courtly, too corruptly sophisticated for this age. (Would a true Beowulf-era Hamlet simply have denounced Claudius as a murderer and delivered a challenge to him?)
glaukopis: Woman in classical dress (classics)
If you had asked me, I would have said that Patroclus is the only character Homer addresses in the second person--and I would have been wrong. He does the same with Menelaus in 17.702-704:

οὐδ' ἄρα σοὶ Μενέλαε διοτρεφὲς ἤθελε θυμὸς
τειρομένοις ἑτάροισιν ἀμυνέμεν, ἔνθεν ἀπῆλθεν
Ἀντίλοχος, μεγάλη δὲ ποθὴ Πυλίοισιν ἐτύχθη . . .

I can't immediately say what the significance of this is (that's not my topic!), but it's an interesting note along the way.

August 2014

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