The Odysseus of Penn State Football?

Incipit of a piece from, which is interesting, perhaps, given former coach Joe Paterno’s obsession with the Aeneid:

Very little time was needed for John Urschel, one of the most thoughtful members of this Penn State football team, to turn to literature to describe Michael Mauti.

“He reminds me of Odysseus,” began Urschel, a 4.0 student in, naturally, mathematics. “They try to travel back home after the fighting — that was covered in the Iliad, I believe — and the whole time while they’re trying to make it back, they face these troubles and these setbacks and they’re sent astray. But all the while he’s determined and focused to get back home, to stay the course. And no matter what comes in their way, no matter the Cyclops, the Sirens, he stays dedicated to get back to his family.

“I see a lot of parallels between Mauti and him and the way Mauti keeps fighting to come back, because at the end of the day, he’s a football player. I have no doubt that if he wants to, he’ll be back and he’ll be playing on Sundays if he really wants to do it because he’s that type of guy.” […]

Reviews from BMCR

  • 2012.11.33:  M. L. West, Hellenica: Selected Papers on Greek Literature and Thought. Volume I: Epic.
  • 2012.11.32:  A. Borrut, M. Debié​, A. Papaconstantinou, D. Pieri, J.-P. Sodini, Le Proche-orient De Justinien aux Abbassides: peuplement et dynamiques spatiales. Actes du colloque “Continuités de l’Occupation entre les Périodes Byzantine et Abbasside au Proche-Orient, VIIe-IXe Siècles”, Paris, 18-20 octobre 2007. Bibliothèque de l’antiquité tardive, 19​.
  • 2012.11.31:  Clifford Ando, Imperial Rome AD 193 to 284: the Critical Century. Edinburgh History of Ancient Rome.
  • 2012.11.30:  Frank Stini, Plenum exiliis mare: Untersuchungen zum Exil in der römischen Kaiserzeit. Geographica Historica, Bd 27.
  • 2012.11.29:  Hélène​ Cuvigny, Didymoi: une garnison romaine dans le désert oriental d’Égypte. II – les textes. Fouilles de l’Ifao, 67​.
  • 2012.11.28:  Paola Volpe Cacciatore, Seminario di studi su Richard Porson. Università degli studi di Salerno, 5-6 dicembre 2008. Collectanea, 28.
  • 2012.11.27:  Josefine Kitzbichler, Katja Lubitz, Nina Mindt, Dokumente zur Theorie der Übersetzung antiker Literatur in Deutschland seit 1800. Transformationen der Antike Bd. 10​.
    Josefine Kitzbichler, Katja Lubitz, Nina Mindt, Theorie der Übersetzung antiker Literatur in Deutschland seit 1800. Transformationen der Antike Bd. 9​.
  • 2012.11.26:  Leonardo Tarán​, Dimitri Gutas, Aristotle Poetics: Editio Maior of the Greek text with Historical Introductions and Philological Commentaries. Mnemosyne supplements. Monographs on Greek and Latin language and literature, 338.
  • 2012.11.25:  Serge N. Mouraviev, Heraclitea, IV.A. Refectio: Liber ut a nobis restitutus. A. Textus, translationes, adnotationes (second edition; first published 1991).
  • 2012.11.24:  Brooke Holmes, W. H. Shearin, Dynamic Reading: Studies in the Reception of Epicureanism. Classical presences.
  • 2012.11.23:  Barrie Fleet, Plotinus. Ennead IV.8: On the Descent of the Soul into Bodies. The Enneads of Plotinus with philosophical commentaries.
  • 2012.11.22:  Alfredo Casamento, Seneca. Fedra. Classici, 14.
  • 2012.11.21:  Malte Liesner, Arbeitsbuch zur lateinischen historischen Phonologie.
  • 2012.11.20:  David L. Balch, Annette Weissenrieder, Contested Spaces: Houses and Temples in Roman Antiquity and New Testament. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 285.
  • 2012.11.19:  Roger Rees, Latin Panegyric. Oxford readings in classical studies.

Also Seen: Teaching Myth to 54 000 at a Time

The incipit of a piece in the Boston Globe:

In 15 years of teaching, University of Pennsylvania classicist Peter Struck has guided perhaps a few hundred students annually in his classes on Greek and Roman mythology through the works of Homer, Sophocles, Aeschylus and others — ‘‘the oldest strands of our cultural DNA.’’

But if you gathered all of those tuition-paying, in-person students together, the group would pale in size compared with the 54,000 from around the world who, this fall alone, are taking his class online for free — a ‘‘Massive Open Online Course,’’ or MOOC, offered through a company called Coursera. […]