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Christopher Bursk: The Procession to the Palace of King Neptune

How could a man, barnacled as rock
at low tide, rank as seaweed,
have a story worth listening to
by a prince enamored of the moon?

November 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

H.D. (Hilda Doolittle): The Walls Do Not Fall

tendons, muscles shattered, outer husk dismembered,
yet the frame held:
we passed the flame: we wonder
what saved us? what for?

August 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Video: Mary Beard | Women in Power

The Western world’s demonization of women in power can be traced back to Ancient Greece, argues the celebrated UK classicist Mary Beard.

April 15, 2021 · Leave a comment

Edna St. Vincent Millay: Oh, sleep forever in the Latmian cave

Oh, sleep forever in the Latmian cave,
Mortal Endymion, darling of the Moon!

May 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Joel Christensen: Plagues follow bad leadership in ancient Greek tales

As someone who writes about early Greek poetry, I spend a lot of time thinking about why its performance was so crucial to ancient life. One answer is that epic and tragedy helped ancient storytellers and audiences try to make sense of human suffering.

March 15, 2020 · 1 Comment

Stephen Dobyns: Persephone, Etc.

Wasn’t it beneath this spot the son of Kronos
pursued his inamorata, holding out a handful
of shining seeds?

February 11, 2020 · 1 Comment

Jon Tribble: Anubis Online

… every god that is dead can be conjured again to life, as any fragment of rock from a hillside, set respectfully in a garden, will arrest the eye. —Joseph Campbell, … Continue reading

November 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Doug Anderson: Cyclops

Now a boy leads him by the hand down from the mountain to sit on the docks and listen to the sailors curse. Poor Polyphemus, they say, turning away from … Continue reading

January 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

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