Harvard University Department of the Classics
For more than a century, the Department of the Classics at Harvard University has been at the forefront of research on the cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. Our faculty provide instruction in all the major areas of classical studies, including language and literature, history, the history of art and archaeology, philosophy, reception studies, and the history of science.
The Department of the Classics publishes the journal Harvard Studies in Classical Philology. HSCP welcomes articles dealing with all aspects of the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome and adheres to an inclusive definition of what constitutes philology.
The department also publishes longer works on various topics including Greco-Roman antiquity, early modern and modern Greek, and Medieval Latin.
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Imagination and Logos: Essays on C. P. Cavafy
This book explores diverse but complementary interdisciplinary approaches to the poetics, intertexts, and influence of the work of C. P. Cavafy. Contributors include Eve Sedgwick, Helen Vendler, Dimitrios Yatromanolakis, Richard Dellamora, Mark Doty, James Faubion, and Diana Haas.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 105
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 105 includes Carolyn Higbie, “Divide and Edit: A Brief History of Book Divisions”; Ho Kim, “Aristotle’s Hamartia Reconsidered”; Andrew Faulkner, “Callimachus and His Allusive Virgins: Delos, Hestia, and the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite”; and other essays.
C. P. Cavafy is one of the most important Greek poets since antiquity. He set in motion the most powerful modernism in early twentieth-century European poetry, exhibiting simple truths about eroticism, history, and philosophy. The Canon plays with the complexities of ironic Socratic thought, suffused with the honesty of unadorned iambic verse.
The Shackles of Modernity: Women, Property, and the Transition from the Ottoman Empire to the Greek State, 1750–1850
This book explores the relationship between women and property in the Greek lands and their broader social position between 1750 and 1850. Doxiadis shows that modernization proved to be an oppressive force for Greek women—though in a much more clandestine fashion than perhaps expected in other European states.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 97: Greece in Rome: Influence, Integration, Resistance
Volume 97 of Harvard Studies in Classical Philology is a special issue, entitled “Greece in Rome,” comprising revised versions of papers presented at a Loeb Classical Conference on the question of the Greek influence on Roman culture, with a particular though not exclusive emphasis on the Augustan period.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 98
The thirteen articles in Volume 98 include: Leonard Muellner, “Glaucus Redivivus”; Michael Weiss, “Erotica: On the Prehistory of Greek Desire”; C. O. Pavese, “The Rhapsodic Epic Poems as Oral and Independent Poems”; and Miles C. Beckwith, “The ‘Hanging of Hera’ and the Meaning of Greek ἄκμων.”
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 96
This volume of nineteen articles offers: Marianne Palmer Bonz, “The Jewish Donor Inscriptions from Aphrodisias: Are They Both Third-Century, and Who Are the Theosebeis?”; Timothy W. Boyd, “Where Ion Stood, What Ion Sang”; and C. O. Brink, “Can Tacitus’ Dialogus Be Dated? Evidence and Historical Conclusions.”
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 104
The fourteen articles in Volume 104 include: Jeremy Rau, “Δ 384 Τυδῆ, Ο 339 Μηκιστῆ, and τ 136 Ὀδυσῆ”; Naomi Rood, “Craft Similes and the Construction of Heroes in the Iliad”; Yoav Rinon, “The Tragic Pattern of the Iliad”; and Catherine Rubincam, “Herodotus and His Descendants: Numbers in Ancient and Modern Narratives of Xerxes’ Campaigns.”
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 95
This volume of eighteen articles offers: Andrew R. Dyck, “The Fragments of Heliodorus Homericus”; Hayden Pelliccia, “Aeschylus, Eumenides 64–88 and the Ex Cathedra Language of Apollo”; G. Zuntz, “Aeschyli Prometheus”; and Georgia Ann Machemer, “Medicine, Music, and Magic: The Healing Grace of Pindar’s Fourth Nemean.”
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 99
The sixteen articles in Volume 99 include: Nancy Felson, “Vicarious Transport: Fictive Deixis in Pindar’s Pythian Four”; Douglas E. Gerber, “Pindar, Nemean Six: A Commentary”; Jennifer Clarke Kosak, “Therapeutic Touch and Sophokles’ Philoktetes”; and F. S. Naiden, “The Prospective Imperfect in Herodotus.”
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 71
This volume offers an unusual diversity of articles by contributors from Europe, America, and the Far East. Among the articles are: “Politics and Early Attic Tragedy,” by John H. Finley, Jr.; “Pseudo-Xenophon,” by G. W. Bowersock; “Noctes Propertianae,” by G. P. Goold; and “An Indo-European Construction in Greek and Latin,” by Calvert Watkins.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 72
The present volume in this distinguished series includes the essays “Homer as Oral Poet,” by Albert B. Lord; “Callimachus, Fragments 260–261,” by Hugh Lloyd-Jones and John Rea; “A King’s Notebooks,” by E. Badian; “Roman Policy in Spain before the Hannibalic War,” by G. V. Sumner; and “The Proconsulate of Albus,” by G. W. Bowersock.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 73
Included in this latest volume are: “A Structural Analysis of the Digressions in the Iliad and the Odyssey,” by Julia Haig Gaisser; “Bacchylides’ Ode 5: Imitation and Originality,” by Mary R. Lefkowitz; “Agamemnonea,” by Hugh Lloyd-Jones; “Euripides, Alcestis 1092–1098,” by Marylin A. Whitfield; and “Ληκυθιον Απωλεσεν,” by Cedric H. Whitman.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 74
Among the nineteen articles in this volume are “Hera’s Anvils,” by Cedric H. Whitman; “A Further Remark on Lachmann’s Law,” by Calvert Watkins; “Catullus and Callimachus,” by Wendell Clausen; “The Original Form of the Second Eclogue,” by Otto Skutsch; “Servius and the Helen Episode,” by G. P. Goold; and “Notes on Ovid: III,” by E. J. Kenney.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 75
This volume includes fifteen articles by, among others, David M. Gunn; Wendell Clausen; G. W. Bowersock; Robert Renehan; George Leonidas Koniaris; Emilio Gabba; Herbert C. Youtie; Gerald M. Browne; and David Gordon Mitten and Gülden Yüğrüm.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 76
Among the seventeen articles in this volume, dedicated to Walton Brooks McDaniel, are: “Language and Characterization in Homer,” by the late Adam Parry; “The Rhythm of Hesiod’s Works and Days,” by Charles Rowan Beye; “Pindar Fr. 169,” by Hugh Lloyd-Jones; and “Nationality as a Factor in Roman History,” by F. W. Walbank.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 77
Among the fourteen articles in this volume are “Aspects of Religion in Classical Greece,” by W. den Boer; “Mani and the Babylonian Baptists: A Historical Confrontation,” by Albert Henrichs; “On Euripides’ Helen,” by Christian Wolff; “The Φύσις of Comedy,” by Erich Segal; and “Phaethon, Sappho’s Phaon, and the White Rock of Leukas,” by Gregory Nagy.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 78
Among the eleven articles in this volume, dedicated to Mason Hammond, are “The Emergence of Mediaeval Towns: Independence or Continuity?” by Professor Hammond; “Existimatio, Fama, and the Ides of March,” by Zvi Yavetz; and “Sophocles: Ajax 815–824,” by Cedric H. Whitman.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 79
This volume of nineteen essays includes “Oxyrhynchus and Rome,” by Eric G. Turner; “The Frequency and Structuring of Traditional Formulas in Hesiod’s Theogony,” by William W. Minton; and “Thucydides’ Ethics as Reflected in the Description of Stasis (3.82–83),” by Lowell Edmunds.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 80
This volume of seventeen essays includes “Royal Documents in Maccabees II,” by Christian Habicht; “Sophocles’ Philoctetes and the Teachings of the Sophists,” by Peter W. Rose; “The Text of Aristotle’s De Motu Animalium,” by Martha C. Nussbaum; and “Symposium at Sea,” by W. J. Slater.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 81
This volume of fifteen essays includes “La titulature de Nicée et de Nicomédie: La gloire et la haine,” by Louis Robert; “Callinus 1 and Tyrtaeus 10 as Poetry,” by A. W. H. Adkins; “The Curse of Civilization: The Choral Odes of the Phoenissae,” by Marylin B. Arthur; and “Arrian and the Alani,” by A. B. Bosworth.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 83
This volume of fourteen articles includes “The Bee Maidens of the Homeric Hymn to Hermes,” by Susan Scheinberg; “Eleatic Conventionalism and Philolaus on the Conditions of Thought,” by Martha Craven Nussbaum; “The Basis of Stoic Ethics,” by Nicholas P. White; and “New Comedy, Callimachus, and Roman Poetry,” by Richard F. Thomas.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 84
This volume of fifteen essays includes “The Case of the Door’s Marriage (Catullus 67.6),” by E. Badian; “The Date of Tacitus’ Dialogus,” by Charles E. Murgia; “Poetae Novelli,” by Alan Cameron; “Three Pieces from the ‘Latin Anthology,’” by D. R. Shackleton Bailey; and “Bar Kokhba Coins and Documents,” by Leo Mildenberg.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 85
This volume of sixteen essays includes, among others, “Sequence and Simultaneity in Iliad N, Ξ, and O,” by Cedric H. Whitman and Ruth Scodel; “Two Inscriptions from Aphrodisias,” by Christopher Jones; and “The Authenticity of the Letter of Sappho to Phaon (Heroides XV),” by R. J. Tarrant.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 86
This volume of sixteen essays includes “The Earliest Stages in the History of Hesiod’s Text,” by Friedrich Solmsen; “Notes on Plautus’ Bacchides,” by Otto Skutsch; “Gadflies (Virg. Geo. 3.146–148),” by Richard F. Thomas; and “Homoeoteleuton in Latin Dactylic Poetry,” by Lennart Håkanson.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 87
This volume of fifteen essays includes “The Early Greek Poets: Some Interpretations,” by Robert Renehan; “The ‘Sobriety’ of Oedipus: Sophocles OC 100 Misunderstood,” by Albert Henrichs; “Virgil’s Ecphrastic Centerpieces,” by Richard F. Thomas; and “Notes on Quintilian,” by D. R. Shackleton Bailey.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 88
This volume of thirteen essays includes “Tantalus and Anaxagoras”; “Notes on Seneca ‘Rhetor’”; “More on Pseudo-Quintilian’s Longer Declamations”; “Lurius Varus, a Stray Consular Legate”; and “Loss of Self, Suffering, Violence: The Modern View of Dionysus from Nietzsche to Girard.”
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 89
This volume of thirteen essays includes “Herodotean Cruces,” by Robert Renehan; “Wine, Water, and Callimachean Polemics,” by Peter Knox; “Vindiciae Horatianae,” by D. R. Shackleton Bailey; “The Libri Reconditi,” by Jerzy Linderski; and “A Lousy Conjecture: Housman to Phillimore,” by Alan Cameron.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 90
This volume of sixteen articles includes: T. D. Barnes, “The Significance of Tacitus’ Dialogus de oratoribus”; Wendell Clausen, “Cicero and the New Poetry”; Gregory Crane, “Three Notes on Herodas 8”; Thomas K. Hubbard, “Pegasus’ Bridle and the Poetics of Pindar’s Thirteenth Olympian”; and C. P. Jones, “Suetonius in the Probus of Giorgio Valla.”
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 91
This volume of twenty articles includes: T. Corey Brennan, “An Ethnic Joke in Homer?”; Gregory Crane, “The Laughter of Aphrodite in Theocritus, Idyll 1”; Andrew R. Dyck, “The Glossographoi”; R. L. Fowler, “The Rhetoric of Desperation”; Douglas E. Gerber, “Short-Vowel Subjunctives in Pindar”; and Eric Hostetter, “A Weary Herakles at Harvard.”
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 92
This volume of twenty-two articles includes: Charles F. Ahern, Jr., “Daedalus and Icarus in the Ars Amatoria”; T. D. Barnes, “Structure and Chronology in Ammianus, Book 14”; Daniel R. Blickman, “Lucretius, Epicurus, and Prehistory”; and John Bodel, “Missing Links: Thymatulum or Tomaculum?”
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 100
This volume celebrates 100 years of Harvard Studies in Classical Philology. It contains essays by Harvard faculty, emeriti, currently enrolled graduate students, and most recent Ph.D.s. It displays the range and diversity of the study of the Classics at Harvard at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 101
The eighteen articles in Volume 101 include: Stephen Scully, “Reading the Shield of Achilles: Terror, Anger, Delight”; Hugh Lloyd-Jones, “Zeus, Prometheus, and Greek Ethics”; Robert W. Wallace, “An Early Fifth-Century Athenian Revolution in Aulos Music”; Lucia Athanassaki, “Transformations of Colonial Disruption into Narrative Continuity in Pindar’s Epinician Odes”; and Christina Clark, “Minos’ Touch and Theseus’ Glare: Gestures in Bakkhylides 17.”
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 102
The twenty articles in Volume 102 include: Mika Kajava, “Hestia: Hearth, Goddess, and Cult”; Jonathan Burgess, “Untrustworthy Apollo and the Destiny of Achilles: Iliad 24.55–63”; Anna Bonifazi, “Relative Pronouns and Memory: Pindar beyond Syntax”; and William Race, “Pindar’s Olympian 11 Re-Visited Post-Bundy.”
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 103
The twenty articles in Volume 103 include: Renaud Gagné, “Winds and Ancestors: The Physika of Orpheus”; Jonas Grethlein, “The Poetics of the Bath in the Iliad”; Daniel Turkeltaub, “Perceiving Iliadic Gods”; Ruth Scodel, “The Gods’ Visit to the Ethiopians in Iliad 1”; and Alberto Bernabé, “The Derveni Theogony: Many Questions and Some Answers.”
The Oxopetra Elegies and West of Sorrow
The Nobel Prize was awarded to Elytis in 1979 “for his poetry, which, against the background of Greek tradition, depicts with sensuous strength and intellectual clear-sightedness modern man’s struggle for freedom and creativeness.” This volume contains translations of two late collections, the second published months before his death in 1995.
C. P. Cavafy is one of the most important and influential Greek poets since antiquity. Based on a thirty-year scholarly and literary interaction with Cavafy’s poetry and its Greek and Western European intertexts, Chioles has produced a most authoritative and nuanced translation of the complex linguistic registers of Cavafy’s Canon into English.
Greek Mythologies: Antiquity and Surrealism
Yatromanolakis examines the complex, at times contradictory, responses to ancient Greece in Greek and broader Western European modernism. Exploring the dynamics of ruination and the reconfiguration of fundamental icons of ancient mythology in surrealism, the author shows that Greek antiquity was an integral constituent of avant-garde myth-making.
Solomon and Marcolf pits wise Solomon, famous from the Bible, against a wily peasant named Marcolf. Cited by Bakhtin in Rabelais and His World, Solomon and Marcolf is widely known by name. But until now it has not been translated into any modern language. The present volume offers an introduction, followed by the Latin and English, detailed commentary, and reproductions of woodcut illustrations from the 1514 edition.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 106
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 106 includes Natasha Bershadsky, “A Picnic, a Tomb, and a Crow: Hesiod’s Cult in the Works and Days”; Alexander Dale, “Sapphica”; Guillermo Galán Vioque, “A New Manuscript of Classical Authors in Spain”; Jarrett T. Welsh, “The Dates of the Dramatists of the Fabula Togata”; and other essays.
Working in a renewed Aristotelian tradition, Guillelmus de Aragonia wrote De nobilitate animi, “On Nobility of Mind,” around 1280–1290 and taught that true nobility is an acquired, not inborn, quality. This edition, based in part on hitherto unknown manuscripts, presents the Latin text with an English translation, an introduction, and appendix.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 107
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 107 includes “Alcman’s Nightscapes (Frs. 89 and 90 PMGF)” by Felix Budelmann; “Epicharmus, Tisias, and the Early History of Rhetoric” by Wilfred Major; “The Literary and Stylistic Qualities of a Plinian Letter” by Thomas Keeline; and other essays.
Counter-Diaspora: The Greek Second Generation Returns “Home”
Focusing on the return of the diasporic second generation to Greece, primarily in the first decade of the twenty-first century, Counter-Diaspora examines migration experiences of Greek-Americans and Greek-Germans growing up in the Greek diasporic setting, motivations for the counter-diasporic return, and evolving notions of the “homeland.”
Images for Classicists shows how text and image taken together complicate and enrich our understanding of ancient culture. Working to dissolve distinctions between text- and artifact-based scholarship, it explores challenges the digital revolution poses to curators and sketches ways that image-based collections may be deployed in the future.
Sculpture and Coins: Margarete Bieber as Scholar and Collector
Based on a Harvard Art Museums symposium on the acquisition of Margarete Bieber’s coin collection, Sculpture and Coins addresses the relation between large statuary and miniature art in the private and public domain. Scholars from various disciplines explain the importance of coins for identifying and analyzing Greek and Roman portraiture.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 108
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 108 includes Christopher P. Jones, “The Greek Letters Ascribed to Brutus”; Benjamin Garstad, “Rome in the Alexander Romance”; James N. Adams, “The Latin of the Magerius (Smirat) Mosaic”; Lucia Floridi, “The Construction of a Homoerotic Discourse in the Epigrams of Ausonius”; and other essays.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 109
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 109 includes José Marcos Macedo’s “Zeus as (Rider of) Thunderbolt”; Henry Spelman’s “Borrowing Sappho’s Napkins”; Florence Klein’s “Vergil’s ‘Posidippeanism’?”; Benjamin Victor’s “Four Passages in Propertius’ Last Book of Elegies”; and other essays.
Albert’s Anthology comprises 76 brief and informal reflections on a line or two of Greek or Latin poetry—and a few prose quotations and artistic objects—composed by colleagues and students of Albert Henrichs, who devoted his scholarly career to Greek literature and religion—especially his favorite Greek god, Dionysos.
Epiploke: Rhythmical Continuity and Poetic Structure in Greek Lyric
This book argues that feet and phrases, to the extent that they exist at all in Greek lyric verse, tend to be present at the level of parole rather than langue—constituting one of a number of possible ways of articulating some larger rhythmical continuum. These larger rhythmical structures are the minimal independent utterances in lyric discourse.
East & West: Papers in Ancient History Presented to Glen W. Bowersock
The topics offered in East and West range throughout the ancient world from the second century bce to late antiquity, from Hellenistic Greece and Republican Rome to Egypt and Arabia, from the Second Sophistic to Roman imperial discourse, from Sulla’s self-presentation in his memoirs to charitable giving among the Manichaeans in Egypt.
The Roman World of Dio Chrysostom
Christopher P. Jones offers here the first full-length portrait of Dio in English and, at the same time, a view of life in cities such as Alexandria, Tarsus, and Rhodes in the first centuries of our era.
Nikos Engonopoulos (1907–1985) was one of the most prominent representatives of Greek Surrealist poetry and painting. This volume offers a collection of his most representative poems, including his long poem Bolivár, an emblematic act of resistance against the Nazis and their allies who occupied Greece in 1941.
Elina Tsalicoglou offers an English rendition of Konstantinos Dapontes’s idiosyncratic poem “Canon of Hymns Comprising Many Exceptional Things,” and selected passages from one of his most important works, Garden of Graces. These are accompanied by notes and a detailed introduction to the life and work of this significant Greek author.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 110
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 110 includes Rachel Zelnick-Abramovitz, “Half Slave, Half Free: Partial Manumission in the Ancient Near East and Beyond”; Chris Eckerman, “I Weave a Variegated Headband: Metaphors for Song and Communication in Pindar’s Odes”; and other essays.
The Loeb Classical Library and Its Progeny: Proceedings of the First James Loeb Biennial Conference, Munich and Murnau 18–20 May 2017
The papers collected in The Loeb Classical Library and Its Progeny explore the legacy for which James Loeb is best known—the Loeb Classical Library—and the three series it inspired, and take stock of these series in light of more general themes bearing on translations of “classical” texts and their audiences.
The Cambridge Songs (Carmina Cantabrigiensia)
The Cambridge Songs is the most important anthology of songs from before the thirteenth-century Carmina Burana. It contains panegyrics and dirges, political poems, comic tales, religious and didactic poems, and poetry of spring and love. This edition includes a substantial introduction, the Latin texts and English prose, and extensive commentary.
The Lives of Latin Texts: Papers Presented to Richard J. Tarrant
The Lives of Latin Texts collects papers presented at a 2018 conference in the Department of the Classics at Harvard University in honor of Richard Tarrant on the occasion of his retirement. The breadth of authors, genres, periods, and topics is testament to Tarrant’s influence on the fields of Latin literary studies and textual criticism.
Solomon and Marcolf: Vernacular Traditions
Solomon and Marcolf: Vernacular Traditions offers an array of relevant texts, in English for the first time, that display the mysteries of the “rogue biography” that is Solomon and Marcolf. The astonishingly varied and fascinating pieces have been translated from medieval and early modern French, Russian, German, Icelandic, Danish, and Italian.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 111
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology Volume 111 includes Jessica H. Clark, “Adfirmare and Appeals to Authority in Servius Danielis”; Michael A. Tueller, “Dido the Author”; Charles H. Cosgrove, “Semi-Lyrical Reading of Greek Poetry in Late Antiquity”; and other new essays on Greek and Roman Classics.
James Loeb, Collector and Connoisseur: Proceedings of the Second James Loeb Biennial Conference, Munich and Murnau 6–8 June 2019
The second James Loeb Biennial Conference focused on his multifaceted engagement with the material culture of the ancient world as a scholar, connoisseur, collector, and curator. The resulting essays also reflect on Loeb’s contemporary significance, as his collections continue to be curated and studied in today’s rapidly evolving arts environment.
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 112
Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, Volume 112 includes Olga Levaniouk, “The Dreams of Barčin and Penelope”; Paul K. Hosle, “Bacchylides’ Theseus and Vergil’s Aristaeus”; Vayos Liapis, “Arion and the Dolphin: Apollo Delphinios and Maritime Networks in Herodotus”; and other new essays on Greek and Roman Classics.
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