Forthcoming: GRBS Vol 57 No 4 (Winter 2017)

Catherine M. Keesling, “Greek Statue Terms Revisited: What does ἀνδριάς mean?”

References to statues of women show that only in the late Hellenistic period did andrias come to replace eikon as the term for a male or female portrait statue, with eikon now indicating a painted portrait.

Jessica M. Romney, “Herodotean Geography (4.36–45): A Persian Oikoumenē?”

Herodotus’ description of the earth here is from a Persian perspective, radiating outward and with Greece on the periphery, in effect inviting Greeks to reconsider their place in the world.

Rachel Bruzzone, “Polemos, Pathemata, and Plague: Thucydides’ Narrative and the Tradition of Upheaval”

Thucydides’ seemingly unscientific list of disasters that accompanied the Peloponnesian War echoes a traditional strand of Greek thought, which he evidently took seriously as appropriate to his war.

Kenneth W. Yu, “The Divination Contest of Calchas and Mopsus and Aristophanes’ Knights

Misuse of divination links Cleon to tyrants, and the Cyclic tale of Calchas and Mopsus informs the competition between Paphlagon and the Sausage Seller that structures the plot of the play.

Jessica Lightfoot, “Hipparchus’ Didactic Journey: Poetry, Prose, and Catalogue Form in the Commentary on Aratus and Eudoxus

Seeking to establish his didactic superiority to prior commentators on the astronomers, Hipparchus hit upon the catalogue form as expressing his views in the most authoritative way.

Manuel Álvarez Martí-Aguilar, “Talismans against Tsunamis: Apollonius of Tyana and the stelai of the Herakleion in Gades (VA 5.5)”

In keeping with his later reputation for creating talismans, Apollonius is here portrayed as recognizing the inscribed steles as holding land and sea in their proper places, a magical defense against tsunamis.

Antonio Tibiletti, “Luigi Castiglioni πλουταρχίζων and the Text of Plutarch’s Aquane an ignis utilior

Letters of Castiglioni and M. Pohlenz, published here, help to clarify several problematic passages in the text of Plutarch’s essay.

Ari Z. Bryen, “Dionysia’s Complaint: Finding Emotions in the Courtroom”

P.Oxy. 237, a lengthy proceeding of A.D. 186, shows a decisive emotional tactic used in court, the ‘silencing’ of the defendant in the face of the plaintiff’s accusations.

Joshua Hartman, “Invective Oratory and Julian’s Misopogon

By using tropes familiar from the invectives of the Attic orators, especially Demosthenes, Julian signals his character as the citizen-emperor and a proper Hellene, unappreciated by the Antiochenes.

Lea Niccolai, “Julian, Plutarch, and the Dangers of Self-Praise”

Julian exploited Plutarch’s admonitory De se ipsum to find ways in which an emperor, the object of constant praise, could portray the worth of his character and goals without giving offense.

Anna Lefteratou, “From Haimorrhooussa to Veronica? The Weaving Imagery of the Miracle in the Homeric Centos

Eudocia’s cento, in portraying the bleeding woman weaving a cloth after being healed by Jesus, stands as the earliest testimony to the tradition that will lead eventually to the Veronica legend. 

Ingela Nilsson and Nikos Zagklas, “‘Hurry up, reap every flower of the logoi!’ The Use of Greek Novels in Byzantium”

The reception history of the ancient novel can be traced not only through the incidental testimonies but also through two schede, published here, that are based on Achilles Tatius.