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Greek Mythology And A Better Society

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 12.05.2016 | Arts
Evaggelos Vallianatos

The Greeks thought of mythology no different than early history. A myth, after all, was a story told and passed on by word of mouth. It was speech, tale, conversation and narrative. Oral tradition fuelled mythology for a very long time.

Memories of Malta

Joseph Braude | Posted 10.06.2016 | Travel
Joseph Braude

Fans of Humphrey Bogart know the tiny island state of Malta as the origin of the jewel-crested black bird in the 1941 film classic The Maltese Falcon....

How Jesus Became A Superhero

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 06.22.2016 | Books
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Jesus and the Roman Empire have plenty of things in common. Without the Roman Empire there would have been neither Jesus nor Christianity. Both Jesus ...

In Defense of Western Civilization

Richard Finger | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Richard Finger

Last month, undergraduates at Stanford University resoundingly beat back a proposal to return, after a near three decade absence, the study of Western...

Make the Machine Sing

Poetry Foundation | Posted 04.26.2016 | Books
Poetry Foundation

Christopher Logue's War Music: An Account of Homer's "Iliad" By Michael Robbins War Music: An Account of Homer's "Iliad," by Christopher Logue. Farra...

Have Ithaca Always in Your Mind

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 03.03.2016 | Books
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Homer has been one of my teachers. I studied the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey" in my high school ancient Greek classes. I came back to Homer in college an...

Homer Among Christian Greeks in the Middle Ages

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 01.07.2016 | Books
Evaggelos Vallianatos

The Christianization of ancient Greece in the fourth century and after was not pretty or peaceful. It was the equivalent of centuries-lasting explosio...

Notes From a Dive Bar: Ulysses Walks Into a Bar

Alan Black | Posted 12.14.2015 | San Francisco
Alan Black

Ulysses walks into a bar, sort of... Talk. Talk. Talk. Sticky mouths moving, shapes and shapeless lips, tongues tremble, then later some kissing and ...

Alaska: Land of Bears, Eagles, and Leaping Whales

Don Mankin | Posted 10.12.2016 | Travel
Don Mankin

The humpback whale shot into the air a few feet off the side of the boat, so close I could see the barnacles on his nose, drops of water roll off his ...

Our Country Has Forgotten the Value of a Life

Michael Shammas | Posted 10.02.2016 | Politics
Michael Shammas

Maybe for a time before dying, a very small time, Bryce Williams's swirling anger, Chris Harper Mercer's swirling anger, stopped swirling. Perhaps, at long last, they felt sated. How relatively pitiful the causes of their anger; how incomparably grievous the consequences.

How Universal Studios Hollywood Uses Krusty Burger to Keep Theme Park Guests from Peeking at Harry Potter

Jim Hill | Posted 09.26.2016 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Fans of The Simpsons have been dreaming for decades now about getting the chance to visit Springfield. Well, that dream became a reality back on April 2nd of this year when Springfield officially opened at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Amazon and the Warrior Virtues

Tom Morris | Posted 09.10.2016 | Business
Tom Morris

The warrior mindset outside any real battle field easily becomes a cloak for vices to pass as virtues, and the whole environment quickly turns poisonous.

For the Second Time, One Van Offers an Injured Alaska Student the Gift of Mobility

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 05.26.2015 | Good News
Alaska Dispatch News

A wheelchair-accessible van decorated by his classmates was delivered to the home of West High freshman Aron Fa'afetai on Tuesday -- the second time this year the Ford Windstar has been donated to an Alaska family facing extreme challenges.

Recreating the Odyssey, With An iPhone

HuffPost Italy | Arianna Catania | Posted 01.29.2015 | Books

If Homer had his own iPhone, he might've snapped shots of Ulysses on all his adventures, documenting every step of the hero’s long voyage. He might'...

The Odyssey: In My Own Words (Part 3)

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 02.01.2015 | Books
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

Odysseus: Athena, 50 suitors is a lot for one man to kill. Also, what if the bronze weapons melt? I'm also unclear on the omen re: the dove and the ea...

The Triumph of the Cyclops Polyphemus

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

The ancient Greeks were primarily very small family farmers, intimately connected to the land and the growing of food. Agriculture for the Greeks was ...

The Politics of Welcome

Steven Crandell | Posted 09.17.2014 | Impact
Steven Crandell

Hospitality is an industry in the United States, not a way of living.

The Odyssey Project: Incarcerated Youth Bring a Classic to the Stage at UCSB

Ming Holden | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Ming Holden

The boys shuffle in from the bright Isla Vista heat outside, eight teenagers dressed in the navy blue polo shirt, slacks, and black-and-white converse sneakers that constitute the uniform of the juvenile detention center a few miles outside of town.

The Odyssey: In My Own Words (Part 2)

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 08.26.2014 | Books
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

Circe: Sleep with me. I'm a witch-goddess. Odysseus: Yeah. I like your singing voice. Listen-- Circe: I knew it. Odysseus: I haven't said anythi...

The Odyssey (In My Own Words)

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 08.25.2014 | Books
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

Calypso: Odysseus, I'm so much hotter than your wife. Just stay on this island forever, and let's be immortal together. I can totally arrange it. O...

5 Terrifyingly Treacherous Hosts In Literature

James Heffernan | Posted 07.27.2014 | Books
James Heffernan

Macbeth is surely one of the worst hosts ever dreamed up by a playwright, but he has plenty of company in literature as a whole.

Now You Can Play With Legos Of Your Favorite 'Simpsons' Characters

The Huffington Post | Tyler McCarthy | Posted 03.27.2014 | TV

A new set of characters from "The Simpsons" have been brought to the world of Lego. In partnership with 20th Century Fox and in honor of the 25th anni...

Yoga and Baseball: 108 Degrees of Harmonic Convergence

Lauren Cahn | Posted 05.11.2014 | Comedy
Lauren Cahn

Spring and baseball. Baseball and Spring. They arrive together just as surely as winter and spring converge at the vernal equinox.

An Iliad at Broad Stage

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 03.22.2014 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

photo by Joan Marcus Denis O'Hare gives a bravura solo performance in his Obie-award winning adaptation with collaborator and director Lisa Peterson ...

The Garden of Alkinoos -- in America

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 03.02.2014 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Homer and Hesiod spoke with passion about the agrarian nature of Greek civilization. They wrote their immortal epics sometimes in the eighth century BCE.