Reflections

Book Review: “The Power of Thetis and Selected Essays” by Laura Slatkin

“The task of hearing as Homer’s audience did requires the apparently paradoxical task of listening for what is unspoken.” Originally published in 1992 and reprinted in 2011 with six essays, The Power of Thetis explores the ways the Iliad engages, via the relationship between Thetis, Achilles, and Zeus, a traditional motif—goddesses who seek immortality forContinue reading “Book Review: “The Power of Thetis and Selected Essays” by Laura Slatkin”

Book Review: The Archaeologist and Selected Sea Stories by Andreas Karkavitsas

In December, Penguin Classics will release a new translation by Johanna Hanink of Andreas Karkavitsas’ 1904 novella The Archaeologist, along with four of his short stories. The Archaeologist can be understood as fable, allegory, and parable for Greek speakers, especially those invested (in one way or another) in the Greek nation-state at the turn ofContinue reading “Book Review: The Archaeologist and Selected Sea Stories by Andreas Karkavitsas”

Homer in Late Antiquity

Being fascinated with the evolution of Greek identity, Homeric reception, and the relationship between the two, I’ve been eager to learn more about Aelia Eudocia (401-460), poet, saint, empress. Her story, as I have learned it, intrigues: Born into a pagan Greek family in Athens, she was named Athenais after her city’s patron goddess. HerContinue reading “Homer in Late Antiquity”

Book Review: Greek Gods for Kids by Monica Roy

Greek Gods for Kids by Monica Roy, which I received from NetGalley for review, is an illustrated introduction to the Olympian pantheon and a few of the most enduring narratives and heroes associated with it. I enjoyed the strong lines and bold colors of the illustrations and found the content to be fluidly organized, effectivelyContinue reading “Book Review: Greek Gods for Kids by Monica Roy”

Language as Cultural Consciousness

“O Helen, Tyndareus’ daughter, the very essence of loveliness, off-shoot of Erotes, ward of Aphrodite, nature’s most perfect gift, contested prize of Trojans and Hellenes, where is your drug granted you by Thon’s wife which banishes pain and sorrow and brings forgetfulness of every ill? Where are your irresistible love charms? Why did you notContinue reading “Language as Cultural Consciousness”

Book Review: “How the Wonders of the World Were Built” by Ludmila Henkova

Can you name the seven wonders of the ancient world? I’m a bit chagrined to admit that I indeed struggle. Somehow, I always seem to forget about the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus… If you’re like me, or you have young readers in your life who are curious about the ancient world, How the Wonders of theContinue reading “Book Review: “How the Wonders of the World Were Built” by Ludmila Henkova”

Book Review: The Porpoise by Mark Haddon

Do you enjoy weird novels, the kind that don’t have a linear narrative, or complex character development to speak of, or even necessarily a discernible theme? At this point, maybe you are wondering, what on earth is left without those? In the case of Mark Haddon’s The Porpoise, I’d suggest atmosphere and a certain stylisticContinue reading “Book Review: The Porpoise by Mark Haddon”

Book Review: Wolf Den by Elodie Harper

Ideally, novels can function as empathy exercises, putting us—readers and writers—into the minds and hearts of people who we are not and helping us better understand them. For this to happen, of course, we have to be willing to step outside of our own thought-boxes and listen without judgment. I tend to think, as withContinue reading “Book Review: Wolf Den by Elodie Harper”

Book Review: Ariadne Unraveled by Zenobia Neil

Ariadne Unraveled is a retelling of the myth of Ariadne and Dionysus. The novel opens with Ariadne waking up on the shores of Naxos realizing that Theseus has abandoned her, then goes back in time to tell the story of what brought here there and follows her forward through the aftermath of Theseus’ flight backContinue reading “Book Review: Ariadne Unraveled by Zenobia Neil”

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