Myth Reading Group – Spring Term 2021

Dionysus rides a leopard (or panther), with a Maenad and Silenus. Red figure vase, fourth century BC. Louvre (image from theoi.com)

Dionysus is our theme for this term’s Myth Reading Group.

The Myth Reading Group is open to all who have an interest in the study of myth. Meetings are held over ‘Zoom’, with texts circulated in advance. Together we read extracts from the selected texts and have an open-ended discussion of them. The discussions are both scholarly and informal, always with a feeling for the power of the myth. Although you are encouraged to join in the discussion, you are also welcome simply to observe.

This term, we will focus on texts which have formed our image of the god of wine, revelry, intoxication, ekstasis, and dissolution of boundaries, from Euripides’ posthumously-performed tragedy, to a post-Nietzschean reassessment in Jane Harrison’s Prolegomena.

We will meet on the following Mondays, between 5.30 and 6.30 pm:

  • 8 February: Euripides, Bacchae
  • 22 February: Homeric Hymns to Dionysus & Dionysus in Aristophanes’ Frogs
  • 8 March: Philostratus the Elder, Imagines
  • 22 March: Dionysus in Jane Harrison’s Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion

Texts and Zoom links will be posted on this site in advance of each session.

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4 Responses to Myth Reading Group – Spring Term 2021

  1. Coryn Holland says:

    How do I become part of this group please?

    • ὑποκείμενον says:

      Thanks for your interest. Links for the Zoom meetings will be posted in the comments under the post for each week’s session. As long as you have access to Zoom, you can just follow the link. Details of the next session will be posted here very shortly.

      -Ben

  2. Sian Lloyd says:

    Hi Ben, I don’t see a Zoom link for February 8th yet. Also would it be OK to invite a fellow Jungian psychotherapist along? She is very interested in mythology.

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