I thought I might pass along a few of the Classical news, notes, and features that caught my attention this week during my perambulations around the internet (aka the intertextus internationalis instrumentorum computatoriorum (LRL) or interrete, if you prefer).
- Phone Homer: “Noted video and performing artist Michelle Ellsworth unleashes a one woman, multimedia portrayal of Clytemnestra, the woman left behind as her husband Agamemnon serves as leader of the Greeks in Troy. In Phone Homer she uses series of instructional videos, Skype calls with characters from The Iliad, a kinetic alphabet modeled after the Kinect, hamburger sacrifices, and an entire internet constructed specifically for this show to interpret this mythic character…”
- Santiago Ortiz visualizes the relationships between characters in the Iliad as a network diagram and a streamgraph (below). Check it out!
- This article about the language of The Lorax, mentions the important of Latin to the word craft of Theodore Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss), as well as an interpretation of the name LORAX based on Greek letters.
- Thersites Consulting! (with an interesting meditation on food in the Odyssey).
- Some recent productions of Classical dramas: The Oresteia and Trojan Women.
- “The classical world just refuses to stay dead.” Considering the new editions of the Oxford Classical Dictionary and the Oxford Latin Dictionary by Harry Mount of Amo, Amas, Amat fame.
- The Ides of March brought a slew of notes about Caesar and his assassination, but this article by Barry Strauss on parallels between ancient and modern politics might be the most thought-provoking of the bunch. And here’s a roundup of the rest.
- Reviews of Mitchell’s translation of the Iliad and Oswald’s Memorial. I am awaiting the release of Memorial with bated breath.