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Bodily Arts: Rhetoric and Athletics in Ancient Greece

by Debra Hawhee

The role of athletics in ancient Greece extended well beyond the realms of kinesiology, competition, and entertainment. In teaching and philosophy, athletic practices overlapped with rhetorical ones and formed...


Dioscorides on Pharmacy and Medicine

by John M. Riddle

For 1,600 years Dioscorides (ca. AD 40-80) was regarded as the foremost authority on drugs. He knew mild laxatives and strong purgatives, analgesics for headaches, antiseptics for wounds, emetics to rid one...


Mystic Cults in Magna Graecia

by Giovanni Casadio & Patricia A. Johnston

In Vergil's Aeneid, the poet implies that those who have been initiated into mystery cults enjoy a blessed situation both in life and after death. This collection of essays brings new insight to the study of...


Conspiracy Theory in Latin Literature

by Victoria Pagan & Mark Fenster

Conspiracy theory as a theoretical framework has emerged only in the last twenty years; commentators are finding it a productive way to explain the actions and thoughts of individuals and societies. In this...


Speeches from Athenian Law

by Michael Gagarin

This is the sixteenth volume in the Oratory of Classical Greece. This series presents all of the surviving speeches from the late fifth and fourth centuries BC in new translations prepared by classical scholars...


Theater of the People: Spectators and Society in Ancient Athens

by David Kawalko Roselli

Greek drama has been subject to ongoing textual and historical interpretation, but surprisingly little scholarship has examined the people who composed the theater audiences in Athens. Typically, scholars have...


Valorizing the Barbarians: Enemy Speeches in Roman Historiography

by Eric Adler

With the growth of postcolonial theory in recent decades, scholarly views of Roman imperialism and colonialism have been evolving and shifting. Much recent discussion of the topic has centered on the ways in...


City of Suppliants: Tragedy and the Athenian Empire

by Angeliki Tzanetou

After fending off Persia in the fifth century BCE, Athens assumed a leadership position in the Aegean world. Initially it led the Delian League, a military alliance against the Persians, but eventually the league...


Alexander's Veterans and the Early Wars of the Successors

by Joseph Roisman

From antiquity until now, most writers who have chronicled the events following the death of Alexander the Great have viewed this history through the careers, ambitions, and perspectives of Alexander's elite...


Dangerous Gifts: Gender and Exchange in Ancient Greece

by Deborah Lyons

Deianeira sends her husband Herakles a poisoned robe. Eriphyle trades the life of her husband Amphiaraos for a golden necklace. Atreus's wife Aerope gives away the token of his sovereignty, a lamb with a golden...


Kinship Myth in Ancient Greece

by Lee E. Patterson

In ancient Greece, interstate relations, such as in the formation of alliances, calls for assistance, exchanges of citizenship, and territorial conquest, were often grounded in mythical kinship. In these cases,...


The Ages of Homer: A Tribute to Emily Townsend Vermeule

by Jane B. Carter & Sarah P. Morris

Homer's Iliad and Odyssey have fascinated listeners and readers for over twenty-five centuries. In this volume of original essays, collected to honor the distinguished career of Emily T. Vermeule, thirty-four...


Literary and Artistic Patronage in Ancient Rome

by Barbara K. Gold

Virgil, Horace, Catullus, Propertius-these are just a few of the poets whose work we would be without today were it not for the wealthy and powerful patrons upon whose support the Roman cultural establishment...


Delphi: A History of the Center of the Ancient World

by Michael Scott

The oracle and sanctuary of the Greek god Apollo at Delphi were known as the “omphalos”—the “center” or “navel”—of the ancient world for more than 1000 years. Individuals, city leaders, and kings...


Blood in the Arena: The Spectacle of Roman Power

by Alison Futrell

From the center of Imperial Rome to the farthest reaches of ancient Britain, Gaul, and Spain, amphitheaters marked the landscape of the Western Roman Empire. Built to bring Roman institutions and the spectacle...


War, Women, and Druids: Eyewitness Reports and Early Accounts of the Ancient Celts

by Philip Freeman

"The ancient Celts capture the modern imagination as do few other people of classical times. Naked barbarians charging the Roman legions, Druids performing sacrifices of unspeakable horror, women fighting beside...


Classical and Modern Interactions: Postmodern Architecture, Multiculturalism, Decline, and Other Issues

by Karl Galinsky

Postmodernism, multiculturalism, the alleged decline of the United States, deconstruction, leadership, and values-these topics have been at the forefront of contemporary intellectual and cultural debate and...


The Folds of Parnassos: Land and Ethnicity in Ancient Phokis

by Jeremy McInerney

Independent city-states (poleis) such as Athens have been viewed traditionally as the most advanced stage of state formation in ancient Greece. By contrast, this pioneering book argues that for some Greeks the...


Crime and Community in Ciceronian Rome

by Andrew M. Riggsby

In the late Roman Republic, acts of wrongdoing against individuals were prosecuted in private courts, while the iudicia publica (literally "public courts") tried cases that involved harm to the community as...


The Religion of the Etruscans

by Nancy Thomson de Grummond & Erika Simon

Devotion to religion was the distinguishing characteristic of the Etruscan people, the most powerful civilization of Italy in the Archaic period. From a very early date, Etruscan religion spread its influence...