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Fall 2023 MASt Seminar (Friday, October 20)

In the aftermath: Surviving the Bronze Age Collapse and looking back to look forward—Papers and Summary of the Discussion held at the Fall 2023 MASt Seminar (Friday, October 20) Dedicating the Fall 2023 MASt seminar to the memory of Diane Harris Cline §1. The MASt team fondly dedicates this seminar… Read more

MASt – Fall Seminar 2021 (Friday, December 17)

MASt – Fall Seminar 2021 (Friday, December 17): Summaries of Presentations and Discussion §1. Rachele Pierini opened the Fall session of the MASt seminars by welcoming the participants to the December meeting. In addition to the regular members of the MASt network, colleagues and students who have already attended previous… Read more

MASt Seminar Summer 2022 (Friday, July 8)

MASt – Summer Seminar 2022 (Friday, July 8): Summaries of Presentations and Discussion §1.1. Rachele Pierini opened the Summer session of the MASt seminars by presenting the different structure of the July event, which hosted the mentor(s) and mentee session. During… Read more

The Fragmentary Muse and the Poetics of Refraction in Sappho, Sophocles, Offenbach

The idea of a fragmentary Muse comes from a fragmentary opera, The Tales of Hoffmann (Les Contes d’Hoffmann), by Jacques Offenbach. Such a Muse, I argue, embodies a complex metaphor that I sum up in one word, refraction. This metaphor, which recurs several times in that opera, derives from the idea that light ‘breaks’ through a prism or lens. That is, light refracts or ‘breaks’ just as things break. This… Read more

Some imitations of Pindar and Sappho by Horace

2015.12.31 | By Gregory Nagy Horace’s imitations of Sappho in Ode 4.1 and of Pindar in Ode 4.2 show his deep understanding of archaic Greek lyric poetry. Particularly striking is his visualization of Icarus in Ode 4.2 as a negative model for such poetry. The artificial wings of Icarus are seen as a foil for the natural wings of the swan, the sacred bird of Apollo, who is god of… Read more