Category: Homer

Marginalia 3.18.2012

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!


Trambopoline! As Homer would say (no, the other Homer)

Will Brad Pitt really take another stab at Homer…in a movie set in space?

Brad Pitt & George Miller Team on The Odyssey
Source: Variety October 17, 2008

After turning Homer’s epic poem “The Iliad” into the 2004 film Troy, Warner Bros. and Brad Pitt are teaming with George Miller to adapt the Greek poet’s other masterwork, “The Odyssey.”

I can’t tell if I should be excited or horrified, so in honor of the Simpsons neologism in this post’s title, I declare myself exictified at the prospect of this movie.

Their intention is to transfer the tale to a futuristic setting in outer space.

Variety says Warner Bros. has quietly set up The Odyssey, and the early hope is that Pitt will star and Miller will direct, with Pitt’s Plan B producing.

Both Homer poems dealt with the Trojan War; “The Odyssey” focused on the exploits of Odysseus, who hatched the idea to build the Trojan Horse. “The Odyssey” deals with his long journey home after he declines to become a god.

I can’t tell if I’m excited or horrified at the thought of this movie. So, in honor of the Simpsons neologism in the title of this post, I declared myself “excitified”.

Visiting Troy

I just discovered (via rogueclassicism) this article in the New York Times on a visit to the site of ancient Troy.


As it happened, our two-week visit to Turkey afforded a perfect moment to indulge our Homeric idée fixe. The trek north on Turkey’s west coast permitted a brief Trojan fly-by during the drive from Pergamum to Gallipoli.

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Homer, call your lawyer

In his Tuesday Morning Quarterback column, Gregg Easterbrook assails the tendency of ancient authors to overstate the size of military expeditions:
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