Origin of Academia

Over 4.5 years (2011-2015) I composed 126,680 lines of blank verse in my epic poem Science of Hermes or the Hermead as an epic about the origin and development of Academia as the academic tradition of philosophy and science in Western Civilization.

Quest Romance

Individually, each episode of the Hermead is a quest romance of one philosopher developing a key concept that helps form the foundation of our academic tradition of the search for the nature of things. Overall, it is an Epic about the origin of Academia.

Alchemy of Artistic Creation

Like Homer, I composed the epic Hermead as historical fiction from existing sets of stories about culturally significant people of the distant past, and through the alchemy of artistic creation I molded fragments of legends into a new object of art.

One Poet

Having composed the Hermead (126,680 lines), which is 4.5 times longer than the Iliad (15,693 lines) and the Odyssey (12,110 lines) combined, I believe without a doubt that one poet composed both epics over a period of 10 to 20 years.

I am Simon Seamount. I earned a MS in Geographic Information Science. I work as a cartographer, and write epic poetry.

My pen name is Surazeus. I wrote an epic poem about philosophers called Hermead that presents the lives and ideas of 26 ancient philosophers in 126,680 lines of blank verse.

FaceBook page for Hermead

Hermead Editions for Sale

I also write and post lyric poems every day.

Scholar Social

Federated microblogging for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"An academic microblog that you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to @socrates@scholar.social and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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