Pausanias 5.10.9, on the Labors of Herakles

2022.04.11 | By Gregory Nagy §0. While describing the Temple of Zeus in Olympia—that most celebrated building located in that most celebrated site for a most celebrated seasonally recurring event, the Olympics—the traveler Pausanias confines to a single paragraph, 5.10.9, his description of the heroic deeds represented by the marble… Read more

Pausanias 3.25.5–6, on Herakles and Cerberus

2022.04.04 | By Gregory Nagy §0. In the passage I quote and translate here from Pausanias 3.25.5–6, our traveler is citing Homeric references to a monster described as ‘the hound of Hādēs’, commonly known as Cerberus, Pausanias must have in mind what we can read at Iliad 8.368 and at… Read more

Greco-Roman Studies and the Future of Europe

2022.03.19 | Gregory Crane The study of Greco-Roman culture can exert a purposeful and transformative role in Europe’s development of a more just multinational and multiethnic society. This is a topic about which I have thought and on which I have spoken for years. Technology has begun to change the… Read more

Pausanias 5.10.6–8, on the pediments of the Temple of Zeus at Olympia

2022.03.28 | By Gregory Nagy [[For illustrations, I repeat all the images shown in Classical Inquiries 2019.03.22, https://classical-inquiries.chs.harvard.edu/what-pausanias-saw-when-he-looked-up-at-the-pediments-of-the-temple-of-zeus-in-olympia/. I start by showing an image of the head of “Apollo” in the cover illustration, but then, in the next illustration, right after §0, at the beginning of the commentary, I show the… Read more

Pausanias 5.10.1, on Olympia viewed together with Eleusis

2022.03.21 | By Gregory Nagy {5.10.1} πολλὰ μὲν δὴ καὶ ἄλλα ἴδοι τις ἂν ἐν Ἕλλησι, τὰ δὲ καὶ ἀκούσαι θαύματος ἄξια· μάλιστα δὲ τοῖς Ἐλευσῖνι δρωμένοις καὶ ἀγῶνι τῷ ἐν Ὀλυμπίᾳ μέτεστιν ἐκ θεοῦ φροντίδος. τὸ δὲ ἄλσος τὸ ἱερὸν τοῦ Διὸς παραποιήσαντες τὸ ὄνομα Ἄλτιν ἐκ παλαιοῦ καλοῦσι·… Read more

A reader for travel-study in Greece: preparing for annotation of §14

2022.03.18 | By Gregory Nagy §14 National Archaeological Museum of Athens Based on CI_2016.06.24 [via 2016.06.17 via 2016.03.14], rewritten 2018.03.05, 2022.02.28, and now 2022.03.18 statue of Phrasikleia, reunited with the base of the statue; housed in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens; picture here via Wikimedia Commons. §14.1. Read more

Pausanias 5.13.7, on Aphrodite and her myrtle tree

2022.03.07 | By Gregory Nagy §0. In Classical Inquiries, 2021.04.010, I wrote an essay about a reference made by Pausanias 5.13.7 to a wooden statue of Aphrodite that had been carved into the living wood of a myrtle tree that was supposed to be so old as to date back… Read more

A reader for travel-study in Greece, starting at 2022.02.28

edited by Kelly Lambert, Gregory Nagy, and other contributors, especially Elizabeth Gipson and Aoki Lee Simmons Map of Greece keyed to the ten scrolls of Pausanias, Description of Greece §0. Introduction by Gregory Nagy 2018.03.05, updated 2022.02.28 The essays in this reader are designed… Read more