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Articles in this category deal with texts from the ancient world, secondary literature, and modern fiction based on Antiquity.

The Homeric Hymn to Ares

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The Homeric Hymn to Ares

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The “Homeric Hymns” are a collection of ancient Greek hymns celebrating individual gods. Let’s read Hymn 8, dedicated to Ares.

Archilochus

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Archilochus

A poet and a mercenary?

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Poetic fragments attributed to Archilochus of Paros show him to have been a warrior. But was he also, as is often suggested, a mercenary?

The language of tyranny

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The language of tyranny

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Different types of government use different language. A short treaty from Athens provides an example of this from the ancient world.

Romantic love in Homer

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Romantic love in Homer

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Some material in a doctoral thesis never makes the final cut, but can instead be turned into articles. An example is a peer-reviewed article that I wrote about romantic love in the Homeric epics.