Variations on the idea of a gleam that blinded Homer

2023.09.29 | By Gregory Nagy This pre-edited standalone essay is dedicated to my dear colleague and friend  Pierre Judet de La Combe, on the occasion of a happy celebration, in Paris, of his radiant life and times. I start with a story told in a set of ancient myths about the life of Homer. In that story, Homer was blinded by a gleam of light that emanated from the shining bronze armor of… 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