Thomas, Richard F., ed. 2015. “Harvard Studies in Classical Philology,” 108. Publisher's VersionAbstract


Miguel Herrero

"Trust the God’: Tharsein in Ancient Greek Religion"

Jordi Pàmias  "Acusilaus of Argos and the Bronze Tablets"
Karen Rosenbecker "Just Desserts: Reversals of Fortune, Feces, Flatus, and Food in Aristophanes’ Wealth"

Yosef Liebersohn  "Crito’s character in Plato’s Crito"

Alexandros Kampakoglou  "Staging the Divine: Epiphany and Apotheosis in Callimachus HE 1121–1124"

Chistopher Eckerman  "Catullus’ Bacchylides and his Muses in Carmen 61"

Christopher Jones "The Greek Letters Ascribed to Brutus"

Jefferds Huyck  "Another Sort of Misogyny: Aeneid 9.140–141"

Mark Heerink  "Hylas, Hercules, and Valerius Flaccus’ Reaction to the Aeneid"

Lowell Edmunds  "Pliny the Younger on his Verse and Martial’s Non-Recognition of Pliny as a Poet"

Eleanor Cowan  "Caesar’s One Fatal Wound: Suetonius Div. Iul. 82.3"

Graeme Bourke  "Classical Sophism and Philosophy in Pseudo-Plutarch On the Training of Children"

Jarrett Welsh "Verse Quotations from Festus"

Benjamin Garstad

"Rome in the Alexander Romance"

James Adams

"The Latin of the Magerius Mosaic"

Lucia Floridi

"The Construction of a Homoerotic Discourse in the Epigrams of Ausonius"

Massimiliano Vitiello

"Emperor Theodosius’ Liberty and the Roman Past"

Tom Keeline and Stuart McManus

"Benjamin Larnell, Indian Latinist"

Rau, Jeremy, ed. 2013. “Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 107.” Cambridge, MA: Department of the Classics, Harvard University, 107. Publisher's VersionAbstract


Sarah Harden and Adrian Kelly

"Proemic Convention and Character Construction in Early Greek Epic"

Felix Budelmann "Alcman’s Nightscapes (Frs. 89 and 90 PMGF)"
Wilfred Major "Epicharmus, Tisias, and the Early History of Rhetoric"

Timothy G. Barnes  "δρακείς, δέδορκε and the Visualization of κλέος in Pindar"

Rob Sobak  "Dance, Deixis, and the Performance of Kyrenean Identity: A Thematic Commentary on Pindar’s Fifth Pythian"

Olga Tribulato  "Of Chaos, Nobility and Double Entendres: The Etymology of χαῖος and βαθυχαῖος (Ar. Lys. 90–91, 1157; Aesch. Supp. 858; Theoc. 7.3)"

Davide Secci "Hercules, Cacus and Evander's Myth-Making in Aeneid 8"

Tom Keeline  "The Literary and Stylistic Qualities of a Plinian Letter"

Giuseppe La Bua  "Between Poetry and Politics: Horace and the East"

Arjan Zuiderhoek  "No Free Lunches: Paraprasis in the Greek Cities of the Roman East"

Tristan Power  "Nero’s Cannibal (Suetonius Nero 37.2)"

Jeroen Lauwers  "Systems of Sophistry and Philosophy: The Case of the Second Sophistic"

Scott McGill "The Plagiarized Virgil in Donatus, Servius, and the Anthologia Latina"

John Fitch

"Textual Notes on Palladius Opus Agriculturae"

De nobilitati animi
de Aragonia, Guillelmus. 2012. De nobilitati animi. Edited by William D Paden and Mario Trovato. Cambridge, MA: Department of the Classics, Harvard University, 2006. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Guillelmus de Aragonia was known as a philosopher for his commentary on Boethius and his works on physiognomy, oneirology, and astronomy; he was also a physician, perhaps a personal physician to the king of Aragon. In a time of intellectual upheaval and civil strife, when nobility was on the verge of being defined with legal precision as it had not been since antiquity, Guillelmus taught that true nobility is an acquired habit, not an inborn quality. Guillelmus wrote De nobilitate animi, “On Nobility of Mind,” around 1280–1290. Working in the recently renewed Aristotelian tradition, he took an independent and original approach, quoting from philosophers, astronomers, physicians, historians, naturalists, orators, poets, and rustics pronouncing proverbs.

This edition presents the Latin text, based on six manuscripts, three of them hitherto unknown, along with an English translation. An introduction reviews Guillelmus’s life and work, considering his theory of nobility in the contexts of history, philosophy, and rhetoric, and studies the authorities he quotes with particular attention to the troubadours, lyric poets from the area known today as the south of France. An appendix of sources and analogues is also included.

Coleman, Kathleen M, ed. 2011. “Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 106,” 107. Publisher's VersionAbstract


Natasha Bershadsky

"A Picnic, a Tomb, and a Crow: Hesiod’s Cult in the Works and Days"

Alexander Dale "Sapphica"
Andrew Faulkner

"Fast, Famine, and Feast: Food for Thought in Callimachus’ Hymn to Demeter"

Guillermo Galán Vioque

"A New Manuscript of Classical Authors in Spain"

Jarrett T. Welsh

"The Dates of the Dramatists of the Fabula Togata"

Andrea Cucchiarelli

"Ivy and Laurel: Divine Models in Virgil’s Eclogues"

John Henkel

"Nighttime Labor: A Metapoetic Vignette Alluding to Aratus at Georgics 1.291–296"

Salvatore Monda

"The Coroebus Episode in Virgil’s Aeneid"

Mark Toher

"Herod’s Last Days"

Bart Huelsenbeck

"The Rhetorical Collection of the Elder Seneca: Textual Tradition and Traditional Text"

Robert Cowan

"Lucan’s Thunder-Box: Scatology, Epic, and Satire in Suetonius’ Vita Lucani"

Erin Sebo

"Symphosius 93.2: A New Interpretation"

Christopher P. Jones

"Imaginary Athletics in Two Followers of John Chrysostom"

William T. Loomis and 
Stephen V. Tracy

"The Sterling Dow Archive: Publications, Unfinished Scholarly Work, and Epigraphical Squeezes"

Poems: The Canon
Cavafy, CP. 2011. Poems: The Canon. Edited by Demetrios Yatromanolakis and John Chioles. Cambridge, MA: Department of the Classics, Harvard University, 420. Publisher's VersionAbstract

C. P. Cavafy (Konstantinos Petrou Kavafis) is one of the most important Greek poets since antiquity. He was born, lived, and died in Alexandria (1863–1933), with brief periods spent in England, Constantinople, and Athens. Cavafy set in motion the most powerful modernism in early twentieth-century European poetry, exhibiting simple truths about eroticism, history, and philosophy—an inscrutable triumvirate that informs the Greek language and culture in all their diachrony. The Cavafy Canon plays with the complexities of ironic Socratic thought, suffused with the honesty of unadorned iambic verse.

Based on a fifty-year continuous scholarly and literary interaction with Cavafy’s poetry and its Greek and western European intertexts, John Chioles has produced an authoritative and exceptionally nuanced translation of the complex linguistic registers of Cavafy’s Canon into English.

Coleman, Kathleen M, ed. 2010. “Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 105,” 105. Publisher's VersionAbstract


Carolyn Higbie "Divide and Edit: A Brief History of Book Divisions"
Ho Kim "Aristotle's Hamartia Reconsidered"
Andrew Faulkner "Callimachus and his Allusive Virgins"
José González "Theokritos' Idyll 16: The Kharites and Civic Poetry"
Matthew Leigh "Boxing and Sacrifice in the Epic: Apollonius, Vergil, and Valerius"
Sviatoslav Dmitriev "The Rhodian Loss of Caunus and Stratonicea in the 160s"
Radoslaw Pietka "Trina tempestas (Carmina Einsidlensia 2.33)"
James Uden "The Vanishing Gardens of Priapus"
Maria Ypsilanti "Trimalchio and Fortunata as Zeus and Hera"
Martin Korenjak "Ps.-Dionysius on Epideictic Rhetoric: Seven Chapters, or One Complete Treatise?"
Jarrett T. Welsh "The Grammarian C. Iulius Romanus and the Fabula Togata"
Silvio Bär "Quintus of Smyrna and the Second Sophistic"
Simon Price "The Conversion of A. D. Nock in the Context of his Life, Scholarship, and Religious Views"

Imagination and Logos: Essays on C. P. Cavafy
Roilos, Panagiotis, ed. 2010. Imagination and Logos: Essays on C. P. Cavafy. Cambridge, MA: Department of the Classics, Harvard University, 299. Publisher's VersionAbstract

This book explores diverse but complementary cross-disciplinary approaches to the poetics, intertexts, and impact of the work of C. P. Cavafy (Konstantinos Petrou Kavafis), one of the most influential twentieth-century European poets. Written by leading international scholars from a number of disciplines (critical theory, gender studies, comparative literature, English studies, Greek studies, anthropology, classics), the essays of this volume situate Cavafy’s poetry within the broader contexts of modernism and aestheticism, and investigate its complex and innovative responses to European literary traditions (from Greek antiquity to modernity) as well as the multifaceted impact of Cavafy and his writings on other major figures of world literature. 

Contributors: Eve Sedgwick, Helen Vendler, Dimitrios Yatromanolakis, Albert Henrichs, Richard Dellamora, Kathleen Coleman, Mark Doty, James Faubion, Diana Haas. 

Jacket image: The Smoker by Ioannis Roilos, reproduced by permission of the painter.

Luraghi, Nino, ed. 2008. “Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 104,” 104. Publisher's VersionAbstract


Jeremy Rau "Δ 384 Τυδῆ, Ο 339 Μηκιστῆ, τ 136 Ὀδυσῆ"
Naomi Rood "Craft Similes and the Construction of Heroes in the Iliad"
Yoav Rinon "The Tragic Pattern of the Iliad"
Catherine Rubincam "Herodotus and his Descendants: Numbers in Ancient and Modern Narratives of Xerxes' Campaigns"
Chiara Thumiger "Personal Pronouns as Identity Terms in Ancient Greek: The Surviving Tragedies and Euripides' Bacchae"
Luis Andrés Bredlow Wenda "Epicurus' Letter to Herodotus: Some Textual Notes"
Ulrich Gotter "Cultural Differences and Cross-Cultural Contact. Greek and Roman Concepts of 'Power'"
Christopher Krebs "Hebescere virtus (Sallust BC 12.1): Metaphorical Ambiguity"
Alexei Grishin "Ludus in undis: An Acrostic in Eclogue 9"
Jackie Elliott "Aeneas' Generic Wandering and the Construction of the Latin Literary Past: Ennian Epic vs. Ennian Tragedy in the Language of the Aeneid "
Luis Rivero García "Virgil Aeneid 6.445–446: A Critical Note"
Monika Asztalos "The Poet's Mirror: Horace's Carmen 4.10"
Denis Rousset "The City and its Territory in the Province of Achaea and 'Roman Greece'"
Alexander Kirichenko "Satire, Propaganda, and the Pleasure of Reading: Apuleius' Stories of Curiosity in Context"
East and West: Papers in Ancient History Presented to Glen W. Bowersock
Brennan, Corey T, and Harriet I Flower, ed. 2008. East and West: Papers in Ancient History Presented to Glen W. Bowersock. Cambridge, MA: Department of the Classics, Harvard University, 218. Publisher's VersionAbstract

In this volume a distinguished international group of ancient historians explores the classical antiquity that Glen W. Bowersock has given us over a scholarly career of almost fifty years at Harvard and the Institute for Advanced Study, described by Aldo Schiavone in his introduction as "a world of plurality and of the multifarious, of the ethnic and cultural melting pot, the world of Romanized Greekness and Hellenized Romaness, of open, shifting identities, of travels, curiosities and exchanges, of East permeating West and the West understanding the East, of seas that unite much more than they divide, of malleability, pliability, and constant integration."

Aldo Schiavone "Only Connect"
Walter Ameling Ethnography and Universal History in Agatharchides
Andrea Giardina Metis in Rome: A Greek Dream of Sulla
Miriam T. Griffin Iure plectimur: The Roman Critique of Roman Imperialism
Christopher Jones The Survival of the Sophists
Robert J. Penella Himerius' Orations to his Students
Peter Brown Alms and the Afterlife: A Manichaean View of an Early Christian Practice
Maurice Sartre De Pétra à Jérusalem … et retour!
Solomon and Marcolf
Ziolkowski, Jan M. 2008. Solomon and Marcolf. Cambridge, MA: Department of the Classics, Harvard University, 470. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Solomon and Marcolf enjoyed an extraordinary heyday in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Its first half constitutes a dialogue, mostly of one-liners, between King Solomon and a wily, earthy, and irreverent rustic named Marcolf, while its second recounts tricks that the peasant plays upon the ruler. Although less known than Till EulenspiegelSolomon and Marcolf was printed not only in Latin but also in German, English, Italian, and other European languages. Marcolf was associated closely with Aesop as well as with practical jokers and clowns in vogue in early modern literature. Today Solomon and Marcolf has notoriety from its mention in Gargantua and its analysis by Mikhail Bakhtin in Rabelais and His World.

Traditions about Solomon and Marcolf became widespread at the very latest by 1000, but perhaps centuries earlier. The Latin prose as it has been preserved is likely to have taken shape around 1200, but the earliest extant manuscript dates from 1410. Tantalizing bits of evidence point to connections between Marcolf and the Near East. Thus the contest with Marcolf was related to riddle competitions between King Solomon on the one hand and King Hiram of Tyre or the Queen of Sheba on the other.

Solomon and Marcolf, not put into English since 1492, is here presented with the Latin and a facing translation. In addition to a substantial introduction, the text comes with a detailed commentary that clarifies difficulties in language and identifies proverbial material and narrative motifs. The commentary is illustrated with reproductions of the woodcut illustrations from the 1514 printing of the Latin. The volume contains appendices with supplementary materials, especially sources, analogues, and testimonia; a bibliography; and indices.

Jan M. Ziolkowski is Director of Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington and Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin at Harvard University.

Jacket illustration: Frontispiece of Collationes quas dicuntur fecisse mutuo rex Salomon sapientissimus et Marcolphus …, printed by Johann Weissenburger in Landshut, Germany, on May 14, 1514 (Munich, Staatsbibliothek, L.eleg.m.250, 9)

Henrichs, Albert, ed. 2007. “Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 103,” 103. Publisher's VersionAbstract


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"
Alberto Bernabé "The Derveni Theogony: Many Questions and Some Answers"
Herbert Granger "The Theologian Pherecydes of Syros and the Early Days of Natural Philosophy"
Olga Levaniouk "The Toys of Dionysos"
Filippomaria Pontani "Shocks, Lies, and Matricide: Some Thoughts on Aeschylus Choephoroi 653-718"
David Wolfsdorf "Φιλία in Plato's Lysis"
Vayos Liapis "How to Make a Monostichos: Strategies of Variation in the Sententiae Menandri"
Stanley Hoffer "The Use of Adjective Interlacing (Double Hyperbaton) in Latin Poetry"
Alan Cameron "The Imperial Pontifex"
Llewelyn Morgan "Neither Fish nor Fowl? Metrical Selection in Martial's Xenia"
Christina Kokkinia "A Rhetorical Riddle: The Subject of Dio Chrysostom's First Tarsian Oration"
Andrew Turner "Frontinus and Domitian: Laus principis in the Strategemata"
Miriam Griffin "The Younger Pliny's Debt to Moral Philosophy"
Gregory Hays "Further Notes on Fulgentius"
Wayne Hankey "Re-evaluating E. R. Dodds' Platonism"
Seán Hemingway and Henry Lie "A Copper Alloy Cypriot Tripod at the Harvard University Art Museums"
Maura Giles-Watson "Odysseus and the Ram in Art and (Con)text: Arthur M. Sackler Museum 1994.8 and the Hero's Escape from Polyphemos"
Cole, Thomas. 1988. Epiploke: Rhythmical Continuity and Poetic Structure in Greek Lyric. Cambridge, MA: Department of the Classics, 288. Publisher's Version
The Roman World of Dio Chrysostom
Jones, Christopher P. 1978. The Roman World of Dio Chrysostom. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 208. Publisher's VersionAbstract

The Greek orator Dio Chrysostom is a colorful figure, and along with Plutarch one of the major sources of information about Greek civilization during the early Roman Empire. 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.

Skillfully combining literary and historical evidence, Mr. Jones describes Dio’s birthplace, education, and early career. He examines the civic speeches for what they reveal about Dio’s life and art, as well as the life, thought, and language of Greek cities in this period. From these and other works he reinterprets Dio’s attitude toward the emperors and Rome. The account is as lucid and pleasantly written as it is carefully documented.

Chance and Intelligence in Thucydides
Edmunds, Lowell. 1975. Chance and Intelligence in Thucydides. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 243. Publisher's Version
Euripides and the Full Circle of Myth
Whitman, Cedric H. 1974. Euripides and the Full Circle of Myth. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 176. Publisher's Version
Vogel, Lise. 1973. The Column of Antoninus Pius. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 224. Publisher's Version
Athenian Bronze Allotment Plates
Kroll, John H. 1972. Athenian Bronze Allotment Plates. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 370. Publisher's Version
The Transmission of the Text of Lucan in the Ninth Century
Gotoff, Harold C. 1971. The Transmission of the Text of Lucan in the Ninth Century. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 224. Publisher's Version
Greek Dialects and the Transformation of an Indo-European Process
Nagy, Gregory. 1970. Greek Dialects and the Transformation of an Indo-European Process. Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 214. Publisher's Version
D'Arms, John H. 1970. Romans on the Bay of Naples: A Social and Cultural Study of the Villas and their Owners from 150 B.C. to A.D. 400. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 252.