2023.09.29 | By Olga M. Davidson This pre-edited standalone essay is presented in honor of Pierre Judet de La Combe, whom I first met, together with Greg, in September 1975, almost half a century ago, at the apartment of Jean and Mayotte Bollack in Paris. Among the young classicists there… Read more
2023.09.29 | By Gregory Nagy This pre-edited standalone essay is dedicated to my dear colleague and friend Pierre Judet de La Combe, on the occasion of a happy celebration, in Paris, of his radiant life and times. I start with a story told in a set of ancient myths about the life of Homer. In that story, Homer was blinded by a gleam of light that emanated from the shining bronze armor of… Read more
By Gregory Nagy | 2023.09.13 §0. This pre-edited standalone essay, Pamphlet 7 in a series of pamphlets published online and also in print (“on-demand”), is an updating of an earlier version (2020.11.03, listed under my name in the Bibliography), which was published online by the Center for Hellenic Studies, with… Read more
A ritualized rethinking of what it meant to be ‘European’ for ancient Greeks of the post-heroic age: evidence from the Heroikos of Philostratus.
By Gregory Nagy | 2023.09.10 §0. This pre-edited standalone essay, Pamphlet 6 in a series of pamphlets published online and also in print (“on-demand”), is about a ritual performed by ‘European’ Aeolians who travel yearly across the Aegean Sea to Asia Minor, visiting the tomb of the hero Achilles in… Read more
This inquiry is about finding survivals of Mycenaean Greek in Homeric diction. I focus on the Homeric infinitive phorēnai (φορῆναι), which I argue belongs to a dialectal group commonly known as Arcado-Cypriote. The form itself is a linguistic innovation, but the innovation is old, very old. I can say this if I succeed in showing that this form φορῆναι is already very old in terms of Homeric diction. And my… Read more
Part I: About the so-called Dorian Invasion Part II: About the so-called Aeolian Migration Part III: About the so-called Ionian Migration 2023.09.04 | By Gregory Nagy §0. This pre-edited standalone essay, Pamphlet 4 in a series of pamphlets published online and also in print (“on-demand”), is about three events that… Read more