Five essays, ready for newer annotations, centering on theories about oral traditions: Orality and literacy – Essay Two

Essay 2. Orality and literacy revisited 2022.1.9 | By Gregory Nagy A slightly rewritten version of an essay originally published 2017 in Classical Inquiries, §1. I am surprised that I have never been asked the question: since Albert Lord was your mentor, and since you count yourself among… Read more

Text and reperformance: do you really need a text for your reperformance?

posted 2021.06.24, to be reperformed 2021.06.30 | By Gregory Nagy §0. This presentation offers friendly criticism of the views of classicists who use such terms as "text" and "reperformance" without fully taking into account various comparative perspectives that have for some time been made available by way of typological descriptions of "live" performance as observed and analyzed in a wide variety of ethnographical studies. Read more

Odyssey 24

By Gregory Nagy | 2022.12.30 This essay, posted 2022.12.30 in Classical Continuum, is a “preprint” and pre-edited version of a text submitted to the Oxford Critical Guide to Homer’s Odyssey, edited by Joel P. Christensen, forthcoming. Figure 48a. “Mercury Conducting the Souls of the Suitors to the Infernal Regions” (1805). Read more

Sacred Space as a Frame for Lyric Occasions

By Gregory Nagy | 2022.12.29 Introduction The three terms sacred space and frame and lyric occasions in the title of this essay all need to be questioned for their meanings, which depend in each case on the overall meaning of the title that combines these terms. As for the word… Read more

A List of Online Short Writings by Gregory Nagy

Listed In Alphabetical Order “Achilles and Patroklos as Models for the Twinning of Identity.” A pre-printed and pre-edited online version; a final printed version, published 2022, appeared in Gemini and the Sacred: Twins and Twinship in Religion and Myth, ed. Kimberley C. Patton, pp. 268–288. Bloomsbury Academic Publishers. Read more