Forthcoming: GRBS Vol 57 No 1 (Spring 2017)

Nina Almazova, “On the Javelin Simile in Pindar Nem. 7.70–73”

Pindar here swears that his tongue will not speed like a javelin, nor his own competition be as short-lasting as a javelin event: i.e., his praise of the winner will not be overly brief.

Tobias Joho, “The Revival of the Funeral Oration and the Plague in Thucydides Books 6-7”

Thucydides’ account of the opening of the Sicilian expedition pointedly evokes the Periclean Funeral Oration, while his narrative of the Athenian defeat is designed to recall his description of the plague.

Laura Chason Takakjy, “Xenophon the Literary Critic: The Poetics and Politics of Praise in Hiero

The dialogue of Simonides and Hiero can be seen as Xenophon engaging in literary criticism, as it offers a negative critique of epinician poetry and redefines the poetic principle of charis for the political realm.

Grant A. Nelsestuen, “Oikonomia as a Theory of Empire in the Political Thought of Xenophon and Aristotle”

Xenophon’s Oeconomicus and Cyropaedia expand the traditional analogy between rule in the household and rule in the polis to a new frame of reference, between household and empire--likely inspiration for Aristotle’s concept of pambasileia.

Benjamin Kelly, “Proving the ius liberorum: P.Oxy. XII 1467 Reconsidered”

Rather than an unparalleled application to grant the ius liberorum, this petition belongs to a well-attested category, registration of a document designed to testify to material facts in a timely manner for future forensic use.

Spyros Piperakis, “Decanal Iconography and Natural Materials in the Sacred Book of Hermes to Asclepius

The manual, in assigning to the decans their appropriate stones, metals, plants, and dietary taboos, in several cases makes choices on the basis of their semantic relationship to the iconography of the decan.

Julia Lougovaya, “A Perfect Pangram: A Reconsideration of the Evidence”

The most popular Greek alphabetic pangram is more than a school exercise, as it can be arrayed visually in different ways so as to reveal several arithmetic progressions or patterns.

Edward Watts, “Athens between East and West: Athenian Elite Self-Presentation and the Durability of Traditional Cult in Late Antiquity”

Christianization in Athens differed from other Greek cities because for most of the fourth century Athens was governed by Western aristocrats, often educated pagans who linked social status, service to the city and its traditional gods, and intellectual achievement.

Charles F. Pazdernik, “‘The Great Emperor’: A Motif in Procopius of Caesarea’s Wars

When Justinian is described to barbarians as “the great emperor,” this reflects an anxiety about the emergence of post-Roman successor states in the West and a growing determination to pursue imperial reconquest.

Stefano Valente, “The Doctrine of Winds in Blemmydes: On the Reception of Aristotelian Meteorology in the Palaeologan Age”

Comparison of the first and the final versions of Blemmydes’ Epitome physica shows his working methods in adapting Aristotle’s Meteorologica and the commentary on it by Alexander of Aphrodisias.

Benjamin Anderson, “The Defacement of the Parthenon Metopes”

Modern attempts to explain the defacement by invoking sectarian motives are demonstrably uncogent, and the damage may instead have been due to local and temporary contingencies.