Tagged: CC101

Analects of the Core: Mercouri on the Parthenon Marbles

In view of Prof. Fred Kleiner’s lecture this Tuesday on the art and politics of the Greek Acropolis, this week’s analects all concern the Athenian Parthenon. You must understand what the Parthenon Marbles mean to us. They are our pride. They are our sacrifices. They are our noblest symbol of excellence. They are a tribute […]

Six Quotes: Esposito on Homer

“Isn’t it amazing that the first major work of western civilization — Gilgamesh — depicts the destruction of a human city?” “Menelaus is about to kill Helen, but (smart lady), she bares her breast to him, and he throws his sword down. Some things never change.” “Calypso’s name means concealment and while Odysseus is with […]

Analects of the Core: Homer on the gods’ attention to Telemakhos

“Reason and heart will give you words, Telemakhos; and a spirit will counsel others. I should say the gods were never indifferent to your life.” – Homer, from The Odyssey Book III, lines 31-33. Translation by Robert Fitzgerald.

Six Quotes: Damrosch on Exodus

“Think of the Bible as Woody Allen’s recipe for chicken salad.” “The drama of this epic is that at every moment God gives them what they need, and the next moment, they fuck up again.” “Law is the emotional center of Exodus. The stories exist as the frame FOR the law.” “Aaron should be like […]

Six Quotes: Knust on Genesis

“We can think of Genesis, not as a book with a beginning and an end, but rather as an archive.” “God’s covenant with Noah is one-sided. God does not ask for anything in return but he makes a rule that no one is to kill each other but the covenant is not dependent on the […]

Analects of the Core: Assyrian bas relief

Today’s visual Analect is an Assyrian bas relief from the collection of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, in Brunswick, Maine: “Winged Figured with Embroidered Tunic and Shawl”, from Northwest Palace, Nimrud, Iraq. Gypsum, 90 9/16 x 58 13/16 x 6 7/16″, 883-859 BC. Gift of Dr. Henri B. Haskell M 1855 (1860.2). Students may […]

Six Quotes: Zank on Genesis

“Genesis starts with ‘In the beginning’; and that is always a great place to start.” “The Bible’s stories, laws, and beliefs decisively influenced the western imagination; biblical heroes became models for kings and commoners, and taught westerners how to act, what to pursue, how to govern and rule.” “The Bible has been many a person’s […]

Genesis in the Facebook era

… going carbon-based for the life-forms seems a tad obvious, no? – A comment left on God’s blog post, when He invited feedback on His world-in-progress, and updated his status to read: “Pretty pleased with what I’ve come up with in just six days. Going to take tomorrow off.” (From a humor piece in The […]

Analects of the Core: Ferry on terrified gods

Terrified gods got themselves up as high as they could go, nearest the highest heaven, cringing against the wall like beaten dogs. * Lines 20-22, in Book III of Tablet XI, of David Ferry‘s “rendering in verse” of the Epic of Gilgamesh, studied in the first-year Core Humanties, and the topic of Prof. Brian Jorgensen‘s […]

Another response to the A.R.T. Ajax

Prof. David Roochnik, Core seminar leader, lecturer, and professor in the Department of Philosophy, wrote in to the Core blog to share this thoughts about the production of Ajax Core students and faculty attended this weekend. Interesting production. Brilliant idea to use the video screens for the chorus. But the disconnected speeches they uttered were, […]