Myth Reading Group 22 February: Homeric Hymns, and Frogs

The Myth Reading Group meets on ‘Zoom’ on Monday 22 February, 5:30-6:30 pm (UK time). The link to join is posted in the comments for this post. All are welcome.

Dionysus & dolphins. Black-figure kylix from Vulci, Exekias Painter, circa 530 BC. Dionysus on a ship sailing between dolphins. The mast is growing 7 grapes around the ship is 7 dolphins.

Dionysus & dolphins. Black-figure kylix from Vulci, Exekias Painter, circa 530 BC. Staatliche Antikensammlungen Munich.

Following our discussion of Euripides’ Bacchae (405 BC), we turn to other ancient Greek sources for Dionysus: the three Homeric Hymns to Dionysus (circa seventh to fifth centuries) and Aristophanes’ comedy the Frogs (405 BC).

The Homeric Hymns relate some tales of the god, and further elucidate his character. The extract from the Frogs casts Dionysus as a comic figure, meeting the hero Heracles.

Primary reading

Supplmentary reading

Optional viewing

Production of the Frogs in the original Greek, with optional English subtitles (Cambridge Arts Theatre, 2013):

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