Penelope

Penelope and her twin

2021.11.10 | By Natasha Bershadsky John Roddam Spencer Stanhope (1829-1908), Penelope at her loom (1864). Image via Wikimedia Commons. There are two girls, or young women, portrayed on John Roddam Spencer Stanhope’s painting called Penelope. Both are barefoot; neither is cheerful. One, who is seated, is… 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