Charters, Pitchforks, and Green Seals: Text and Materiality in Late Medieval Revolts

The seal of Henry de Percy, 1301 / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Christoph Mauntel / 08.28.2015 Professor of the History of Religion in Europe Universität Heidelberg Introduction Richard II meets the rebels on 13 June 1381 in a miniature from a 1470s copy of Jean Froissart’s Chronicles. / Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris During the[…]

A Roll of the Dice for Ajax

By Dr. Gregory Nagy / 03.13.2015 Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature Professor of Comparative Literature Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies Harvard University Background In the Homeric Iliad, the hero Ajax is second best in comparison with Achilles; in the Homeric Odyssey, he is second best in comparison with Odysseus. In the[…]

Pre-Hellenic Greek Dress

Minoan Snake Goddess figurines c 1600 BCE. / Heraklion Archaeological Museum By Ethel B. Abrahams In seeking to conjure up a vivid picture of the life of an ancient people, it is the task of the archæologist to neglect no point that can in any way throw light on the manners and customs which that[…]