By Gregory Nagy

Two essays about the Epic Cycle

2021.11.22 | By Gregory Nagy Fresco from Pylos (close-up of a reconstruction), warrior in chariot, ca. 1350 BCE. Based on Plate 123 in the first edition (1969) of a book by Mabel L. Lang, The Palace of Nestor at Pylos in Western Messenia. Vol. II, The Frescoes (Princeton University Press, paperback… Read more

On the etymology of ὕμνος (húmnos)

2021.11.08, re-written 2021.11.10 | By Gregory Nagy John Roddam Spencer Stanhope (1829-1908), Penelope at Her Loom. Private collection. Image via Wikimedia Commons. Thanks to the work of Jill Robbins, the image shown here has been lightened and sharpened slightly—and the contrast has been adjusted—in order to improve… Read more

On the etymology of προοίμιον (prooímion)

2021.11.01, re-written 2021,11,07 | By Gregory Nagy John Roddam Spencer Stanhope (1829-1908), Penelope at her loom (1864). Image via Wikimedia Commons. §0. This essay connects—and updates—arguments I have presented in previous writings that are listed under my name in the Bibliography below and that are hereafter abbreviated… Read more