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Who is Hermes?

This 15-minute video gives an awesome overview of who Hermes is, including his identities as Pan and Mercury.

Among other roles, in Book 24 of Iliad Hermes guides King Priam across the Achaean border to Achilles’s hut. This leads to the emotional climax of the epic when Achilles finally softens his anger and agrees to give Hector’s body back to Priam.

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The Ancient Greek hydraulis

The hydraulis is a hand-powered organ. Just like a pipe organ in a modern church, the hydraulis makes sound by blowing air through pipes, and is played by pressing keys on a keyboard. This 2-minute video demonstrates what a Roman replica sounds like.

The word “hydraulis” literally means “water-pipe” because water (“hydra”) is used to deliver steady air pressure to a pipe (“aulos”).

This 2-minute video shows a hydraulis performance with a closer look at how the organ works.

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The Ancient Greek kithara

The Ancient Greek kithara gives us the word “guitar”.

This 5-minute video shows Professor Stefan Hagel explaining some basics of Ancient Greek music, followed by a nice performance demonstrating what the kithara sounds like in the diatonic genus.

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How did the world begin?

This 7-minute video outlines one Ancient Greek story of the creation of the universe: the beautifully-worded Theogony of Hesiod.

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What Ancient Greek music sounds like

This 16-minute video is an interesting attempt to recreate authentic Ancient Greek music.

They cover some fundamental instruments like the kithara and the aulos. They play a jazzy version of Homer. It finishes with a really cool semi-authentic performance of the actual music Euripides composed for Orestes, which was a musical, not a play.

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Who is Aphrodite?

This 16-minute video gives a good overview of who Aphrodite is, and how she came to be. In the Iliad, she represents the “mind” and Ares represents the “body”.

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12-minute summary of the Iliad

This 12-minute video summarizing the Iliad is awesome and hilarious, but it skips over the ending, and so kinda misses the whole point of the Iliad.

They later posted this video explaining the ending better.