The Sound of Their Mourning: Homer and the Value of Literature

Writers create meaning as much through the material they exclude as by the tale they explore. In the twenty-fourth book of The Iliad, the poet ends his story of the Trojan war not with broken walls or burning towers but with a scene of reconciliation and human recognition. Nothing could be more dramatic than this extraordinary momentContinue reading “The Sound of Their Mourning: Homer and the Value of Literature”

Ancient Greek Pop Culture

Carl Sagan once remarked that to read a book is to voyage back in time and listen to the voices of the past. No sooner have we opened its pages than we may journey with the Okies or stand on the deck of a tall ship. For me, there has always been a peculiar fascinationContinue reading “Ancient Greek Pop Culture”