Literature Archive

  • The Trojan Exodus: The Initiation of a Nation

    The second book of the Aeneid, a familiar and favourite reading of a number of Latin stu- dents, focuses on the drama that unfolded during the last night of Troy.

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  • The Trojan Exodus: The Initiation of a Nation

    The second book of the Aeneid, a familiar and favourite reading of a number of Latin stu- dents, focuses on the drama that unfolded during the last night of Troy.

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  • Maidens, Matrons, and Magicians: Women and Personal Ritual Power in Late Antique Egypt

    The majority of this study consists of a series of case studies of different types of women’s rituals of power, which emphasize examples of significant trends in ritual iconography, praxis, and context, both those which were typical of late antique Egyptian magic as a whole, and those which were uniquely female in character.

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  • Ovid, Tristia 1.2 : high drama on the high seas

    In this paper, I explore the political implications of Tristia 1.2 by examining three important elements of the poem: (a) exploitation of the Aeneid and the Odyssey; (b) allusions to Ovid

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  • Isocrates

    The main sources in Greek literature for the cult of Helen and/or Menelaus at Therapn? are Herodotus (6.61.3), Isocrates 10 (Encomium of Helen), and Pausanias (3.19.9-10). Isocrates is the one who speaks of joint-worship of Helen and Menelaus (10.63).

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  • THUCYDIDES CONSTRUCTS HIS SPEAKERS: THE CASE OF DIODOTUS

    In a nutshell: there is no way to avoid the conclusion that Thucydides himself is responsible for the most important parts of his speakers' speeches, that is, that for all practical purposes he composed them.

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  • Seeing One's Way: The Image and Action of Oidipous Tyrannos

    To find ours, let us step back once more and examine Sophokles' use of words. At a glance we notice a great deal of words related to sight in Oidipous Tyrannos . Roughly twice as many appear to us here than in the Antigone. The number picks up once more where Oidipous makes his final appearance in Oidipous at Kolonos. We can draw little more from this than that seeing and Oidipous are connected, fundamentally connected.

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  • Information, Interaction and Society

    The use of data to analyse broader perspectives is not a straightforward process. Unpublished excavation reports, specialist reports, archaeological databases and theses comprise the

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  • Tomb and social status: The textual evidence

    In archaeological theoretical literature it has been stressed that tombs might rather show the status of the living persons who organized the burial than the status of the buried person. This is of course an important argument but in Ancient Egypt we have the anthropologically quite exceptional situation that the tomb-owner already began the construction of his tomb and the organisation of his burial equipment when he was still alive.

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  • Up at a Villa, Down in the City? Four Epigrams of Martial

    It did not seem to us that rendition into the rhyming couplets of, say, an Alexander Pope from an earlier age or a James Michie from our own, or into the more contemporary free-verse style of a Palmer Bovie, would offer any more faithful a guide to Martial than the sort of fidelity we were aiming for. Especially for a readership coming from a background in modern English poetry, it seemed to us that a translation which attempts to simulate the discipline and constraints of the elegiac couplets, the hendecasyllabics, the limping iambic trimeters, and so on, of Martial's original poems might have real value.

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