Forthcoming: GRBS Vol 54 No 4 (Winter 2014)

Andrew Porter, “Reconstructing Laomedon’s Reign in Homer: Olympiomachia, Poseidon’s Wall, and the Earlier Trojan War”

Homeric allusions to Laomedon, the walls of Troy, and the first Trojan War reflect a backstory of previous fighting among the Olympians, which helps to explain the Iliadic portrait of Zeus’s fear of insubordination among the other gods.

Leslie Kurke and Richard Neer, “Pindar fr.75 and the Politics of Athenian Space”

This dithyramb, in evoking the Altar of the Twelve Gods and adjacent shrines, was sung in and celebrates the old agora east of the Acropolis, associated with the Peisistratids, rather than the new agora of the developing democracy.

Andreas P. Antonopoulos, “A Puzzling Threat by Silenos: On Sophocles’ Ichneutai 168”

The satyrs in this controversial passage are best understood as being threatened with a beating, with κλαίοντες … ψοφή[σ]ετε understood as “you will make a noise, crying…”

Marco Gemin, “Medea’s Four Reasons”

The same motivations (eros, logos, bia, theos) are attributed by Gorgias to Helen and by Euripides to Medea, which suggests the writers’ common intellectual ground, though the motivations are alternative in Gorgias, simultaneous in Euripides.

Helma Dik, “‘Most likely to succeed’: Degree Adverbs Specifying Probability in Classical Greek”

Several degree adverbs can express an assessment of probability and so function as attitudinal disjuncts, as is illustrated (especially in Thucydides) by examples using μάλιστα, ἥκιστα, μᾶλλον, and others.

Theodora Suk Fong Jim, “On Greek Dedicatory Practices: The Problem of hyper

The several senses of ὑπέρ in dedicatory texts, often doubtful or misunderstood, can be clarified by classifying the objects of the preposition into intended beneficiary, sought benefit, and surrogate.

Bradley J. Bitner, “Augustan Procedure and Legal Documents in RDGE 70”

In appealing a decision of a previous provincial governor, Chios was able to exploit the existing documentary record and Roman respect for early precedents and persuade the new governor to overturn his predecessor’s finding.

Philip A. Stadter, “Plutarch’s Compositional Technique: The Anecdote Collections and the Parallel Lives

Comparison of two of Plutarch’s Apothegmata works with some of the extant Lives shows that he first compiled commonplace books on several themes, which he then reorganized and exploited in writing the Lives.

Cristian Tolsa, “The ‘Ptolemy’ Epigram: A Scholion on the Preface of the Syntaxis

The epigram in praise of mathematics attributed to Claudius Ptolemy in the Anth.Gr. can be shown by the manuscripts and by its variant readings to have originated as a marginalium added to his Syntaxis and later taken to be his own composition.

Luis Alejandro Salas, “Fighting with the Heart of a Beast: Galen’s Use of the Elephant’s Cardiac Anatomy against Cardiocentrists”

Galen’s commitment to encephalocentrism and to a coherent theory of structural requirements led him to assert, even in a public experiment, the existence of a bone in the elephant heart where none exists.

Gunther Martin and Jana Grusková, “‘Scythica Vindobonensia’ by Dexippus(?): New Fragments on Decius’ Gothic Wars”

Two pages of a Vienna palimpsest, now deciphered, are found to contain a historical narrative, probably authored by Dexippus of Athens, which reveals new details of the Gothic invasion of 250/1.