Forthcoming: GRBS Vol 57 No 2 (Summer 2017)

Ruobing Xian, “An Etymological Note on Homeric ὑπόδρα”

Between ὑπόδρα (ἰδών) and Vedic upadraṣṭár- (‘onlooker’) are etymological correspondences and semantic similarity: both apply to a superior who justly rebukes one who violates social or religious decorum.

Mogens Herman Hansen, “Nomos ep’ andri in Fourth-Century Athens: On the Law quoted at Andocides 1.87”

Three honorific decrees that were referred to the nomothetai for further action, despite the distinction between law and decree, can be seen as borderline cases, in which an action for an individual entailed altering a law.

Nereida Villagra, “Plato on the Thessalian Trick: A New Interpretation of Gorgias 513A”

Punctuating the passage differently solves a grammatical puzzle and connects harm “to the dearest” to relatives of the Thessalian women, as is consistent with other testimonies on what befalls the witches of Thessaly.

Pantelis Nigdelis and Pavlos Anagnostoudis, “New Honorific Inscriptions from Amphipolis”

Statue bases of prominent Romans are published which illuminate the institutional and political life of Amphipolis in the late Republican period.

Jacqueline Arthur-Montagne, “Symptoms of the Sublime: Longinus and the Hippocratic Method of Criticism”

Longinus’ medical diagnosis of literature, built on the Plato’s Hippocratic approach (Phaedrus), distinguishes Longinus’ scientific assessment from the contemporary trope of decline.

Victor Gysembergh, “Greek Stars and Chaldaean Hours: A Bouquet of Aratean Emendations from Franz Boll’s Library”

Boll’s marginalia in his copy of Maass’ Commen­tariorum in Aratum reflect his knowledge of Greek and Babylonian astonomy and clarify a number textual difficulties.

Ville Vuolanto, “Grandmothers in Roman Egypt”

Papyri from Oxyrhynchus document the important roles of grandmothers in the family, and especially of maternal grandmothers in the early years of a grandchild’s life.

Christopher A. Faraone, “Some Magical Gems in London”

A number of gems, some previously unpublished and some misunderstood, seem to imply owners of a lower social order than is typical of magical gems.

Jeremy J. Swist, “Sophistry and Sorcery in Libanius’ Declamations

In his rhetorical exercises that portray boorish critics denouncing educated speakers as sophists and magicians, Libanius hints at the contemporary scene of Christian attacks on Hellenic paideia.

Todd Krulak, “Philosophy, Ἱερατική, and the Damascian Dichotomy: Pursuing the Bacchic Ideal in the Sixth-Century Academy”

Damascius as head of the Academy reduced but did not reject Proclus’ emphasis on ritual in approaching the divine, stressing instead its subordinate but important role.

Stephanie Roussou, “The Reception of Herodian in the Byzantine Period: The Case of Theognostus”

Theognostus’ On Orthography, based on Herodian’s On Prosody, shows the steps that Theognostus took in order to convert a tract on accent into one on spelling, in an age of changed pronunciation.

Przemysław Marciniak, “A Pious Mouse and a Deadly Cat: Schede tou Myos, attributed to Theodore Prodromos”

The text, here translated and commented on, is a school exercise but comic in tone, and so appropriate for both pupils and as court entertainment, as it echoes contemporary criticism of monks.

Annalisa Paradiso, “Crossing the Halys and its Dangers: Nicolaus of Damascus and the Croesus Oracle”

A scholion about Croesus in the Porphyrogenitan Excerpta, its text quite close to Thomas Magister’s note on Eur. Or. 165, may derive from this note, but it is possible that both derive from an abridgement of Nicolaus of Damascus.