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Ancient Greek heroes, athletes, poetry Part II: Viewing the Olympics through the lens of Olympia – Essay 3: The metopes of the Temple of Zeus and a rhetoric of occlusiveness in visualizing the Olympics

for 2022.09.26 | By Gregory Nagy §0. In the preceding essay, I was looking at the Olympics from the standpoint of an earlier time in Olympia, around 600 BCE, which is approximately the time when the Temple of Hērā was built there, and I stopped looking, for the moment, at… Read more

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 II: Viewing the Olympics through the lens of Olympia – Essay 1: A rhetoric for visualizing Zeus and Hērā as overseers of the Olympics

for 2022.09.12 | By Gregory Nagy §0. The ruins of the Temple of Hērā in Olympia, even today, are prominently visible, occupying a sacred space that is located to the north-west of the sacred space occupied by the ruins of the likewise prominently visible Temple of Zeus. These two spaces… Read more