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Ancient Greek heroes, athletes, poetry Part II: Viewing the Olympics through the lens of Olympia – Essay 2: The Chest of Kypselos and a rhetoric of inclusiveness in visualizing the Olympics

2022.09.19 | By Gregory Nagy Reconstruction of the Chest of Kypselos, after Wilhelm von Massow, “Die Kypseloslade,” Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, Athenische Abteilung 41 (1916), Taf. 1. §0. The Chest of Kypselos, crafted in the early sixth century and once on display inside the Temple of Hera, is… Read more

Ancient Greek heroes, athletes, poetry Part I: Twelve Olympian Essays – Essay 6: Reconstructing Indo-European mythological traditions that shaped the role of Hēraklēs as athlete

2022.07.25 | By Gregory Nagy §0. Applying methods of reconstruction as I outlined them in the Excursus of Essay 5, I will now start to reconstruct what I have described as Indo-European mythological traditions that shaped the role of Hēraklēs as an athlete, or, to say it better, the role… Read more