Philadelphia Seminar on Christian Origins
"Homer, Porphyry, and his Commentaries"
Robert Lamberton, Washington University in St. Louis
This meeting will be held on Thursday, 19 March, from 7-9 pm in the Woody Room on the second floor of the Van Pelt Library at the University of Pennsylvania. Persons wishing to dine with other participants prior to the meeting should meet at 6 pm at Logan Hall. (If it is easier for you, you can also meet us at the old location, Duhring Wing). We normally eat at the Food Court in the building at 3401 Walnut Street, although any change of plans will be posted in a note on the outer door to Duhring Wing.
Prof. Lamberton encourages everyone to read Porphyry's essay, "Cave of the Nymphs" before the presentation. This text is the only relevant text that is easily available in English and also the only one that is not in fragments. It is available in Westerink's bilingual edition (Porphyry, The Cave of the Nymphs in the Odyssey, A Revised Text with Translation by Seminar Classics 609, SUNY Buffalo. Arethusa Monographs No. 1, 1969) and in the presenter's translation (R. Lamberton, ed. and tr., Porphyry on the Cave of the Nymphs, Barrytown NY: Station Hill, 1983).
In order to read the Greek correctly, first download and install the Greek font SPIonic, one of the freeware fonts from Scholars Press.