Forthcoming: GRBS Vol 55 No 2 (Summer 2015)

John Hyland, “The Prince and the Pancratiast: Persian-Thessalian Relations in the Late 5th Century B.C.”

Darius II’s invitation to the Olympic victor Poulydamas and Cyrus’ friendship with Thessalian aristocrats were renewals of old ties between Persia and Thessaly and part of Persian intervention in the Peloponnesian War.

Katerina Mikellidou, “Euripides’ Heracles: The Katabasis-Motif Revisited”

Though Heracles’ katabasis is offstage, its image shapes the play’s essential theme of life and death, as Heracles’ heroism in conquering death is succeeded by his acceptance of his humanity and mortality.

Iordanis K. Paradeisopoulos, “Analogies between Xenophon’s Parasang and Hamilton’s Post-hour”

A quantitative study of 19th-century travelers’ accounts of official ‘post-hours’ in Ottoman Turkey shows their consistency with the parasang (30 Olympic stadia), correlating distance and travel time.

Mohammad Nassar, “The Geometric Mosaics at Qusayr Amra in Context”

Comparative study of the Umayyad castle’s geometric pavements shows that their creators drew on deep knowledge of Greek artistic traditions in their work for the new Moslem rulers.

Petros Bouras-Vallianatos, “Galen’s Reception in Byzantium: Symeon Seth and his Refutation of Galenic Theories on Human Physiology”

In contrast to the usual respect for Galen in the Byzantine medical tradition, Symeon Seth’s Refutation (s. XI), edited and translated here, is a sustained effort to discredit his authority.

Koji Murata, “The Mongols’ Approach to Anatolia and the Last Campaign of John III Vatatzes”

Vatatzes’ Balkan expedition should be assigned to 1251/2 rather than the following year, on the basis of the internal structure of Akropolites’ account and the geopolitical context of the Nicene Empire’s relations with the Mongols.

Roland Betancourt, “The Thessaloniki Epitaphios: Notes on Use and Context”

The reverse arrangement of the Communion scene can be explained if this large textile was wrapped around the shoulders of its bearer, a practice attested in artistic and literary portraits of the liturgy’s Great Entrance.

Almut Fries, “Demetrius Triclinius and Responsion between Non-Consecutive Strophes in Greek Drama”

Triclinius’ understanding of metrical responsion can be seen to evolve and improve over time, owing especially to his study of the Aristophanes scholia, which then aided his work on the text of Sophocles.