Gregory Nagy, Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and professor of Comparative Literature; director, Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University

Verbal and visual art in ancient Greece were inextricably linked. Peer into the heroic scenes painted on Athenian vases to see how they can enhance and excite our appreciation of key passages of Homer’s epics The Iliad and The Odyssey.

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Above: Mixing bowl (krater) with Achilles attacking Memnon. 490 - 480 BC. Ceramic, red-figure technique. Catharine Page Perkins Fund. 97.368.