Why We Need the Classics — Discourses on Minerva

Do the ancient Greeks have anything left to tell us? Anyone who deals extensively in the humanities, and especially the classics, inevitably must ask themselves this question. Apart from being eclectic or a renaissance individual, if the Greeks have nothing important to teach us, why bother wrestling with them at all? That seems to be […]

Why We Need the Classics — Discourses on Minerva

Ophthalmology in Greek mythology — Novo Scriptorium

In this post we present selected parts of the the very informative paper titled “Greek mythology: the eye, ophthalmology, eye disease, and blindness“, by Constantinos Trompoukis & Dimitrios Kourkoutas (2007). Among many interesting things we read: “Greek myths contain a number of other medical references, including some related to ophthalmology. The purpose of this article […]

Ophthalmology in Greek mythology — Novo Scriptorium

Homer — Anna Bidoonism


Assumed author of the epic poems, Iliad and Odyssey Seven Greek cities claim the honour of being the birthplace of Homer (c. 8th-7th century BC), the poet to whom the composition of the Iliad and Odyssey are attributed. The Iliad is the oldest surviving work of Western literature, but the identity–or even the existence–of Homer […]

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