Forthcoming: GRBS Vol 55 No 1 (Spring 2015)

Daphne Baratz, “The Repetitive Structure in Verse: A Comparative Study in Homeric, South Slavic, and Ugaritic Poetry”

In South Slavic and probably in Ugaritic oral poetry, repetitive structures are frequently used to compose verses, but only rarely in the Homeric epics, which seem to be moving away from this oral compositional tool.

Joel P. Christensen, “Trojan Politics and the Assemblies of Iliad 7”

The public decision-making of the Trojans is portrayed as disorderly, authoritarian, and unresponsive, in contrast to the more open debates of the Achaeans, an institutional failing that contributes to the fall of the city.

William C. West, III, “Learning the Alphabet: Abecedaria and the Early Schools in Greece”

A tabulation of surviving inscribed alphabets shows that in the Archaic period the impulse and the tools to teach writing were spreading well before the invention of schools.

Matthew C. Wellenbach, “The Iconography of Dionysiac Choroi: Dithyramb, Tragedy, and the Basel Krater”

This painting of ca. 480 B.C., showing regimented dancers as in dithyramb but masked and in a setting as in tragedy, joins with other evidence to point to the mimetic character of dithyramb.

Aspasia Skouroumouni Stavrinou, “The Opsis of Helen: Performative Intertextuality in Euripides”

Features of the play’s staging, costume, and gestures achieve a series of allusions to comparable features in the genre of comedy and thus reinforce the comic elements of the plot and characters of Helen.

Anna Potamiti, “γρίφους παίζειν: Playing at Riddles in Greek”

Greek literary portrayals of riddles, when categorized in keeping with comparative folklore, elucidate the social and cultural conventions which allowed riddles to function.

Christian Ammitzbøll Thomsen, “The Eranistai of Classical Athens”

The eranos is shown by Aristotle and inscriptions to have been a formal organization already in the fourth century B.C., making loans that were not simply ‘friendly’ but interest-bearing and enforceable.

Alex Gottesman, “Reading the Arrivals of Harpalus”

Harpalus’ two arrivals in Athens, first with armed force and then as a suppliant, were both intended to provoke war between Athens and Alexander, the first through fear, the second through appeal to Athenian traditions of protecting suppliants.

Mark Depauw and Joanne Stolk, “Linguistic Variation in Greek Papyri: Towards a New Tool for Quantitative Study”

A database of editorial interventions in papyrus texts will make it possible to search and assess variations in phonology, morphology, and syntax as they are attested over time.

Charles F. Pazdernik, “The Quaestor Proclus”

Procopius’ portrait of the Proclus, quaestor sacri palatii under Justin I, reveals a pragmatic politician devoted to predictability, stability, and the rule of law, in the face of imperial capriciousness, especially in dealings with Persia.

Michael Zellmann-Rohrer, “Protective Iambic Incantations on Two Inscribed Octagonal Rings”

A metrical charm against intestinal pain, attested elsewhere, can be recognized in two finger-rings of late antiquity.

Laura Pfuntner, “Reading Diodorus through Photius: The Case of the Sicilian Slave Revolts”

Photius’ interest in the turmoil in II B.C. Sicily, which probably reflects ninth-century anxiety over the Arab invasion of Sicily, led him to shape a coherent monograph, different from Diodorus’ conglomerate and from the Constantinian Excerpta.

Byron David MacDougall, “Michael Choniates at the Christian Parthenon and the Bendideia Festival of Republic 1”

Choniates’ inaugural sermon as bishop of Athens carefully echoes Plato’s image of the passing on of the torch, so as to emphasize the continuity of Christian Athens with its pagan past.