Books Curated by the Center for Hellenic Studies

The following list includes some books that were made available through the generosity of their authors and/or publishers; some which have fallen out of print, but which remain foundational for the discipline; and some which are being published here for the first time, including theses, original translations, and additional research projects. All of the volumes here have been selected by the CHS editorial board, and each is accessible online in full.

Aitken, Ellen Bradshaw,
ὁπάων and ὁπάζω: A Study in the Epic Treatment of Heroic Relationships.

Second, online edition of a thesis presented to the Committee on Degrees in Folklore and Mythology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors, Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 26 March 1982.

Benveniste, Emile,
Indo-European Language and Society.

Copyright 1973, University of Miami Press. Originally translated by Elizabeth Palmer, this online edition has been revised and updated by Jeremy Lin, Jacqueline Lewandowski, and Vergil Parson. Published here by permission of the University of Miami.

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Vico's Prescient Evolutionary Model for Homer.

This 2016 "born digital" work is an expanded edition of a publication that originally appeared May 11, 2010 on FirstDrafts@Classics@. Published here by permission of the author.

Bers, Victor, David Elmer, Douglas Frame, and Leonard Muellner, eds., Noel Spencer, Associate Editor
Donum natalicium digitaliter confectum Gregorio Nagy septuagenario a discipulis collegis familiaribus oblatum [A virtual birthday gift presented to Gregory Nagy on turning seventy by his students, colleagues, and friends].


This 2012 "born digital" Festschrift is presented in honor of the seventieth birthday of CHS director Gregory Nagy. Published here under a Creative Commons License 3.0.

Bocchetti, Carla,
El espejo de las Musas: El arte de la descripción en la Ilíada y Odisea.

Originally published in 2006 by the Centro de Estudios Griegos Bizantinos y Neohelénicos, Facultad de Filosofía y Humanidades, Universidad de Chile. Published here by permission of the author under a Creative Commons License 3.0.

Calame, Claude,
Choruses of Young Women in Ancient Greece.

Originally published in 2001 by Rowman & Littlefield as a part of the series "Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches." Copyright, Roman & Littlefield. Available for purchase in print here.

Dué, Casey,
The Captive Woman's Lament in Greek Tragedy.

Originally published in 2006 by University of Texas Press. Copyright, Casey Dué. A print version of this book is available here.

Dué, Casey,
Homeric Variations on a Lament by Briseis.

Originally published in 2002 by Rowman & Littlefield as a part of the series "Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches." Copyright, Roman & Littlefield. Available for purchase in print here.

Ebbott, Mary,
Imagining Illegitimacy in Classical Greek Literature.

Originally published in 2003 by Lexington Books as a part of the series “Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches.” Copyright, Lexington Books. Also available for purchase in print here.

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Homeric Nēpios.

Online version of a 1990 volume in the series Harvard Dissertations in Classics, by Garland Press. Copyright, Susan Edmunds. Published here online with permission of the author.

Fisher, Elizabeth A.,
Michael Psellos. On Symeon the Metaphrast and On the Miracle at Blachernae: Annotated Translations with Introductions.

A 2014 "born digital" publication produced by the Center for Hellenic Studies. Published here under a Creative Commons License 3.0.

Frame, Douglas,
The Myth of Return in Early Greek Epic.

Originally published in 1978 by Yale University Press. Published here under a Creative Commons License 3.0.

Jeffré, Friedrich Bernhard,
Der Begriff τέχνη bei Plato.

Inaugural Dissertation for Doctorate submitted to the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, approved 1922. Edited for online publication with foreword by Marco Romani Mistretta. Published here under a Creative Commons License 3.0.

Johnson, Scott Fitzgerald, editor,
Greek Literature in Late Antiquity: Dynamism, Didacticism, Classicism.

Originally published in 2006 by Ashgate Press. Copyright, Scott Fitzgerald Johnson this online edition appears by permission of the editor. Also available for purchase in print here.

Jones, Prudence J.,
Africa: Greek and Roman Perspectives from Homer to Apuleius.

Sourcebook of selected excerpts used in conjunction with the Montclaire State University course, Africa in Classical Antiquity. Made available here by permission of the author.

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Epic Singers and Oral Tradition.

Originally published in 1991 by Cornell University Press. Copyright, Cornell University Press. Also available for purchase in print here.

Lord, Albert Bates,
The Singer of Tales.

Online version of the 2nd ed., edited with an introduction by Stephen Mitchell and Gregory Nagy. Originally published in 2000 by Harvard University Press. Copyright, Harvard University Press.

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The Singer Resumes the Tale.

Originally published in 1995 by Cornell University Press. Copyright, Cornell University Press. Also available for purchase in print here.

Martin, Richard P.
The Language of Heroes: Speech and Performance in the Iliad.

Originally published in 1989 as part of the Myth and Poetics Series by Cornell University Press. This work is made available here by permission of the author. Copyright, Richard Martin.

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The Anger of Achilles: Mênis in Greek Epic.

Updated online edition a book originally published in 1996 as part of the Myth and Poetics Series by Cornell University Press. This work is made available here by permission of the author. Available for purchase in print here.

Muellner, Leonard Charles
The meaning of Homeric εὔχομαι through its formulas.

Second online edition a book originally published in 1976 as Innsbrucker Beiträge zur Sprachwissenschaft Band 13.

Nagy, Gregory,
The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours.

Originally published in print in 2013 by Harvard University Press. Copyright, Harvard University Press. A print edition is available for purchase here. Download an epub version for use with e-readers here (19.9MB).

Nagy, Gregory,
The Best of the Achaeans: Concepts of the Hero in Archaic Greek Poetry.

Second edition, originally published in 1999 by The Johns Hopkins University Press. Copyright, The Johns Hopkins University Press. First edition 1979. Also available for purchase in print here.

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Comparative Studies in Greek and Indic Meter.

Originally published in 1974 as Harvard Studies in Comparative Literature 33. Copyright, Harvard University Press. Also available for purchase in print here.

Nagy, Gregory,
Greek: An Updating of a Survey of Recent Work.

This 2008 "born digital" publication is an annotated second edition of Greek: A Survey of Recent Work, by Fred W. Householder and Gregory Nagy, originally published in 1972 by Mouton, The Hague. Published here under a Creative Commons License 3.0.

Nagy, Gregory,
Greek Mythology and Poetics.

Originally published in 1990 by Cornell University Press. Copyright, Cornell University Press. Also available for purchase in print here.

Nagy, Gregory,
Homer the Classic.

This 2008 "born digital" text is an online edition of a 2009 work published by the Trustees for Harvard University. Copyright, Center for Hellenic Studies. The 2009 print edition is available for purchase via Harvard University Press here.

Nagy, Gregory,
Homer the Preclassic.

This 2009 "born digital" text is published by permission of University of California Press. Copyright, University of California Press. A print edition is available for purchase here.

Nagy, Gregory,
Homeric Questions.

Originally published in 1996 by the University of Texas Press. Copyright, University of Texas Press. Also available for purchase in print here.

Nagy, Gregory,
Homeric Responses.

Published in 2003 by the University of Texas Press. Copyright, University of Texas Press. Also available for purchase in print here.

Nagy, Gregory,
Homer's Text and Language.

Published in 2004 by the University of Illinois Press. Copyright, University of Illinois Press. Also available for purchase in print here.

Nagy, Gregory,
Pindar's Homer: The Lyric Possession of an Epic Past.

Published in 1990 by the Johns Hopkins University Press. Copyright, Johns Hopkins University Press. Also available online via Johns Hopkins University Press here.

Nagy, Gregory,
Poetry as Performance: Homer and Beyond.

Originally published in 1996 by Cambridge University Press. Copyright, Cambridge University Press. Also available for purchase in print here.

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A Sampling of Comments on the Iliad.

This 2017 "born digital" commentary is a revised edition of a series of posts that originally appeared in Classical Inquiries between June 9 and December 21, 2016.

Nagy, Gregory,
Short Writings, Volume I.

Volume one (2012) in a series of online anthologies containing articles written by Gregory Nagy. Click here for a comprehensive list of online short writings, listed in alphabetical order.

Nagy, Gregory,
Short Writings, Volume II.

Volume two (2012) in a series of online anthologies containing articles written by Gregory Nagy. Click here for a comprehensive list of online short writings, listed in alphabetical order.

Nagy, Gregory,
Short Writings, Volume III.

Volume three (2014) in a series of online anthologies containing articles written by Gregory Nagy. Click here for a comprehensive list of online short writings, listed in alphabetical order.

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Short Writings, Volume IV.

Volume four (2016) in a series of online anthologies containing articles written by Gregory Nagy. Click here for a comprehensive list of online short writings, listed in alphabetical order.

  Additional titles by Gregory Nagy are available from the Hellenic Studies Series:
Parry, Milman,
L'Épithète Traditionnelle dans Homère : Essai sur un problème de style Homérique.

Originally published in 1928, both for Société d’éditions "Les belles lettres" (Paris) and as a minor thesis (Doctorat es lettres) for the Université de Paris. Published here under a Creative Commons License 3.0.

Parry, Milman,
Les formules et la métrique d'Homère.

Originally published in 1928, for Société d’éditions "Les belles lettres" (Paris). Published here under a Creative Commons License 3.0.

Peradotto, John,
Man in the Middle Voice: Name and Narration in the Odyssey (3.7 MB PDF download).

Originally published in 1990 by Princeton University as part of Martin Classical Lectures delivered at Oberlin College. Copyright, Trustees of Oberlin College.

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Heat and Lust: Hesiod’s Midsummer Festival Scene Revisited.

Originally published in 1994 by Rowman & Littlefield as a part of the series "Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches." Copyright, Roman & Littlefield.

Roth, Catharine P.,
"Mixed Aorists" in Homeric Greek.

Online version of a 1990 volume in the series Harvard Dissertations in Classics, by Garland Press. Copyright, Catharine P. Roth. Published here online with permission of the author.

Rouvelas, Marilyn,
A Guide to Greek Traditions and Customs in America (32.2MB PDF download).

Second Edition, by Marilyn Rouvelas, Bethesda, MD: Mea Attiki Press, 2003. Copyright, Marilyn Rouvelas. Published here by permission of the author.

Soliman, Sameh Farouk,
ΤΑ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΑ ΓΡΑΜΜΑΤΑ ΕΙΣ ΤΑΣ ΑΝΑΤΟΛΙΚΑΣ ΕΠΑΡΧΙΑΣ ΤΟΥ ΒΥΖΑΝΤΙΟΥ ΚΑΤΑ ΤΟΥΣ ΔΥΟ ΠΡΩΤΟΥΣ ΑΙΩΝΑΣ ΤΗΣ ΑΡΑΒΟΚΡΑΤΙΑΣ (Ζ΄& Η΄). (In Greek)

Online edition of a 2007 dissertation submitted to the School of Philosophy, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Copyright, Sameh Farouk Soliman. Published here by permission of the author.

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The Descent of the Goddess: Ritual and Difference in Sappho's Prayer to Aphrodite.

Online edition of an A.B. Honors thesis written for Harvard University in 1990 and published here by permission of the author.

Walker, Cheryl,
Hostages in Republican Rome.

A doctoral thesis written for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill published here online in 2005 under a Creative Commons License 3.0.

Walsh, Thomas R.,
Fighting Words and Feuding Words: Anger and the Homeric Poems.

Originally published in 2005 by Lexington Books as a part of the series “Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches.” Copyright, Lexington Books. Also available for purchase in print here.

Wesselmann, Katharina,
Mythical Structures in Herodotus' Histories.

Abridged translation of Mythische Erzählstrukturen in Herodots "Historien", published in 2011 by De Gruyter. The German text is available for purchase in print here.The translation is published here by permission of the author. Copyright, Katharina Wesselmann.

West, William Custis, III,
Greek Public Monuments of the Persian Wars.

Online publication of a dissertation submitted to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1965. Also available from University Microfilms International, Ann Arbor, Michigan. This online edition was revised in 2013. 

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Ankle and Ankle Epithets in Archaic Greek Verse.

Second, online edition (2017) of a thesis presented to the Department of Classics in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honors, Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts April 1, 1977.