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Everything Old Is New Again
Credit: Harvard University Press Blog Everything Old Is New Again Returning Translations to Their Original Meanings By Olivia Wells   Have you ever wondered what’s lost in translation? Now, I could mean this literally or figuratively – (More)
Homeric Hymns: A Light Exercise in Translation
By Maggie Danaher Hymn to Aphrodite 184-190   καί μιν λισσόμενος ἔπεα πτερόεντα προσηύδα: αὐτίκα σ᾽ ὡς τὰ πρῶτα, θεά, ἴδον ὀφθαλμοῖσιν, 185 ἔγνων ὡς θεὸς ἦσθα: σὺ δ᾽ οὐ νημερτὲς ἔειπες.  ἀλλά σε πρὸς Ζηνὸς γουνάζομαι αἰγιόχοιο, (More)
The Limits of Ancestral Wealth and Power in Ancient Greece
       By Shiri Gross         Though historians have often argued that hereditary power and wealth played a critical role in defining an individual’s prospects in Ancient Greek society, there is ample evidence against this conclusion. The prevalen (More)
“Ther nys a bettre knight”: Hector as a Medieval Knightly Ideal
By William H. Weiss Introduction         In his famous work recounting the Hundred Years’ War, Chronicles, Jean Froissart writes of two interesting episodes that any reader could easily overlook. The first appears in Book III where he details the B (More)
The Poe-Meric Hymn to Apollo
By Tim Hampshire Hymn to Apollo 331-342 ὣς εἰποῦσ ̓ ἀπὸ νόσφι θεῶν κίε χωομένη κῆρ. αὐτίκ ̓ ἔπειτ ̓ ἠρᾶτο βοῶπις πότνια Ἥρη, χειρὶ καταπρηνεῖ δ ̓ ἔλασε χθόνα καὶ φάτο μῦθον: κέκλυτε νῦν μευ, Γαῖα καὶ Οὐρανὸς εὐρὺς ὕπερθεν Τιτῆνές τε (More)
Snow on the Battlefield
By Cate Simons   Iliad XII.278-289 τῶν δ', ὥς τε νιφάδες χιόνος πίπτωσι θαμειαὶ ἤματι χειμερίῳ, ὅτε τ' ὤρετο μητίετα Ζεὺς νιφέμεν ἀνθρώποισι πιφαυσκόμενος τὰ ἃ κῆλα: κοιμήσας δ' ἀνέμους χέει ἔμπεδον, ὄφρα καλύψῃ ὑψηλῶν ὀρέων κορυ (More)
The King, the Soldier, the Slain
By Sara Chopra   Iliad XXIV.477-512 τοὺς δ' ἔλαθ' εἰσελθὼν Πρίαμος μέγας, ἄγχι δ' ἄρα στὰς χερσὶν Ἀχιλλῆος λάβε γούνατα καὶ κύσε χεῖρας δεινὰς ἀνδροφόνους, αἵ οἱ πολέας κτάνον υἷας. ὡς δ' ὅτ' ἂν ἄνδρ' ἄτη πυκινὴ λάβῃ, ὅς τ' ἐνὶ πάτρ (More)
Graecia Capta: Sappho and Catullus
Artwork by Mati Davis, based on Lesbia and her Sparrow by Edward John Poynter and In the Days of Sappho by John William Godward By Mati Davis   Sappho 31   φαίνεταί μοι κῆνος ἴσος θέοισιν ἔμμεν᾽ ὤνηρ, ὄττις ἐνάντιός τοι (More)