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To all who use my course notes.
This is one of the charities that I support. The group has raised 50% of their target. They have a lovely book that you can download for free. Will you help them along the way to providing safe water for the world’s inhabitants?
“No donation is too small, no thought insignificant.”
It’s been almost four months since Of Words and Water was published. Let’s take a look at one of the important numbers connected with this publication. No, not downloads, even though they are very interesting to follow. No, what I’m talking about are the donations for WaterAid – the reason why we put together this anthology in the first place. Well, one of the main reasons anyway (another being our love for words).
After almost four months we’ve actually managed to raise half of our target of £500 with a total of 22 donations.
To all of you who have donated to the cause and downloaded the anthology we would like to say a huge thank you! Thank you for backing us up, for reading our words, and helping to improve access to clean water in some of the world’s poorest communities by donating to our cause – all the…
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Last week we reached book five of Virgil’s Aeneid. This week we cover Book six and explore the underworld. We also start reading ‘Ovid’. This is the last week of lectures on the coursera course from The University of Pennsylvania.
I have separated the lectures on the Aeneid and Ovid. These are my course notes as usual. The options are rational are those of Peter Struck, the most excellent lecturer.
In Book VI, we see one of the most well-known parts of Virgil’s Aeneid, the trip to the underworld. We saw a similar scene in the Odyssey before but Virgil’s is quite different. (more…)
In my Greek and Roman Mythology course with Peter Struck we started to read Virgil. In doing so we moved 500 years forward from Euripides’ and from classical Athens to classical Rome. Virgil is also more recent that Herodotus who I studied in my Ancient Greek Hero course.
Herodotus was an historian, Euripides a playwright and Virgil like Homer a poet. With Peter Struck we explored the boundaries between Myth and History. (more…)
The next play that Peter Struck spoke about is Euripides’ Bacchae.
In this story the identity of gods and mortals is under scrutiny. Dionysus, the god of wine and of tragedy, and also madness, appears as a character on stage. Through the dissolution of Pentheus, we see the terrible consequences that can occur when a god’s divinity is not properly acknowledged.
In the story of Oedipus we saw the disillusion of identity in the Bacchae we to see another identity dissolve before our eyes. It happens in a slightly different way and is completely tied up with Dionysus. (more…)