Forthcoming: GRBS Vol 60 No 3 (Autumn 2020)

Fabio Acerbi, “Ψευδαριθμός”

The scholarly trajectory that led to the non-existent term ψευδαριθμός being included in LSJ can be reconstructed.

Peter O’Connell, “How Often Did the Athenian Dikasteria Meet? A Reappraisal”

Trial days were probably fewer than the widely-accepted 150–200 per year: avoidance of monthly festival days cannot be proved, and procedure suggests that dikasteria were convened only when other methods of dispute resolution failed.

Roberta Berardi, “Letters or Speeches? Four Testimonia on Lysias’ ‘Ερωτικά”

To the erotic fragments attributed to Lysias can be added several neglected texts, and these prompt reconsideration of the criteria to be used when classifying this material by genre.

Beatrice Poletti, “The Agency of Prayers: The Legend of M. Furius Camillus in Dionysius of Halicarnassus”

Dionysius, in contrast to other accounts, expresses the curse uttered by Camillus in terms reminiscent of inscribed ‘prayers for justice’, thus portraying him as the agent who effects change.

Jonathan Groß, “On the Transmission of Paeanius”

For Paeanius’ Greek translation of Eutropius’ Breviarium, a single manuscript, Iviron 812 (12th cent.), is found to be the only independent witness for establishing the text.

Mohammad Nassar, Khaled al-Bashaireh, Rafe Harahsheh, and Wasif Hwari, “The Mosaic Pavement at Girmil, Jordan: A Comparative Study”

The new mosaic, dated to 591 and largely undamaged, is unusual in the region for its numerous images of animal and plant life.

Robert J. Olsen, “The Last Arab Siege of Constantinople (717–718): A Neglected Source”

Three related synaxaria give an account of the siege, neglected in modern studies of the campaign, that shows connections with other literary and historical traditions and provides several details not reported elsewhere.

Nathan Leidholm, “Artaxerxes in Constantinople: Basil I’s Genealogy and Byzantine Historical Memory of the Achaemenid Persians”

The descent from Artaxerxes I Makrocheir alleged by Leo VI, an example of medieval ‘Persianism’, may have been prompted by Artaxerxes’ biblical reputation for helping rebuild Jerusalem.

Mircea G. Duluş, “Philagathos of Cerami, Procopius of Gaza, and the Rhetoric of Appropriation”

Philagathos in his Homilies (12th cent.), in making extensive use of Procopius’ Description of the Image and Monody for Antioch, illustrates the Byzantine rhetorical principle that valued imitation.