Two Corinthian Christmases

Happy Holidays from Corinthian Matters!

Surprising amounts of Corinthiaka in my feeds over the last few days.  Here are two very different Corinthian Christmases, an impressionistic rumination of modern Corinth in terms of its ancient classical image, the second a religious reflection on 1 Corinthians 13.

The first describes Henry Miller’s and Lawrence Durrell’s visit to Corinth around Christmas time in the late 1930s.  Kostis Kourelis discussed this quote in a lecture at UND in the fall.  Here is how the Guardian puts it:

“It is the day before Christmas, and an American is in Corinth with Lawrence Durrell. The weather is dubious; heavy rains may set in. In the light of a wintry afternoon, the site takes on a prehistoric aspect. Once among the ruins, first impressions change. “Every minute that passes sheds a new lustre, a new tenderness upon the scene. Durrell was right, there is something rich, sensuous and rosy about Corinth. It is death in full bloom, death in the midst of voluptuous, seething corruption,” writes Henry Miller in The Colossus of Maroussi (1941).”

Read the rest here.

The second is a holiday adaptation of 1 Corinthians 13.  Here is the first line:

“If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights, and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I’m just another decorator…..”

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