Forthcoming: GRBS Vol 58 No 4 (Winter 2018)

Matteo Zaccarini, “What’s Love got to do with it? Eros, Democracy, and Pericles’ Rhetoric”

Pericles’ metaphor in the funeral oration, that the Athenians should become erastai of the city, would have been original and striking to his audience, as the connotations of eros in politics had normally been divisive and pejorative.

Breno Battistin Sebastiani, “The Coups of 411 and 404 in Athens: Thucydides and Xenophon on Conservative Turns”

Comparison of these narratives about the two political coups shows the historians’ differences of emphasis about the oligarchic “coup techniques” and also the similarities in the accounts of the democratic resistance.

Jacek Rzepka,” The First Battles of the Chaeronea Campaign, 339/8 B.C.”

A victory of the Thebans over Philip II’s cavalry before the battle of Chaeronea, reported by the tenth-century Stratagems of Leo, may well be historical, and would help explain the weakness of the Macedonian cavalry at Chaeronea.

Philip John Victor Davies, “Plutarch, Lysander, and a Disappearing Heraclid Reform”

Plutarch’s account (Lys. 24) of Lysander’s plan to open the kingship to all Spartiates and not just Heraclidae is likely his own fiction, in an attempt to rationalize conflicting sources.

Christian Thrue Djurslev, “Did Alexander Read Cratinus’ Eunidae on his Deathbed?”

Ptolemy Chennus’ claim that Alexander had Cratinus' Eunidae on his deathbed is a literary invention keyed to the Dionysiac reputations of Alexander and Cratinus as imagined by the Second Sophistic.

Mads Ortving Lindholmer, “Cassius Dio and the ‘Age of δυναστεία’”

Dio’s δυναστείαις at 52.1.1 does not refer exclusively to the late Republic or to a form of government but to the malfunctions of the state, which he calls a democracy, that he has pointed out throughout its history.

Katarzyna Maksymiuk, “The Two Eyes of the Earth: The Problem of Respect in Sasanid-Roman Relations”

The diplomatic exchanges of the two powers need not express mutual respect, as the language and the rituals used by one side need not have been interpretedd by the other as intended.

Scott Kennedy, “A Classic Dethroned: The Decline and Fall of Thucydides in Middle Byzantium”

During the eighth to thirteenth centuries Thucydides lost his prominance in literary culture, as rhetorical schools and historiography rendered him rhetorically, politically, and culturally problematic.