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This section of the Classics@ site is devoted to new and developing scholarship. It allows for a “pre-publication”: a way for scholars at any stage of career to share their research even before it goes through a formal publication process. The purpose of pre-publication is twofold: one, to get new ideas and work available to the public in a timely way, and two, to have a forum for a wider range of feedback that will in turn aid in the formal peer review process. With that second purpose in mind, we hope to expand this section in the near future to include discussion boards for dialogue between authors and readers. In the meantime, feedback and submissions for First Drafts@Classics@ should be sent to the CHS Executive Editors: Casey Dué ( and Mary Ebbott (

The First Drafts are listed in order of publication, with the most recent first.

Tyler Flatt, "Grief and Counterfactual Parallels in Homeric Narrative," August 30, 2011.

A. S. W. Forte, "Speech from Tree and Rock: Recovery of a Bronze Age Metaphor," August 22, 2011.

Amy Koenig, "Homeric Accentuation: A Comparative Study of the Bankes Papyrus and Other Roman Papyri," August 18, 2011.

Emily Schurr, "Recreating the Creation: Reading between the Lines in the Proem of the Iliad," July 25, 2011.

Christos Strubakos, "Iliadic Lion Similies: Rethinking Heroic Greatness," July 25, 2011.

Alexis Pinchard, "Du hieros logos à la raison: vertus d'un détour par l'Inde," third edition, March 28, 2011 (second edition published October 27, 2009; first edition April 14, 2009).

Smaro Nikolaidou-Arabatzi, "Time and Space in Euripides’ Choral Odes.
The Technique of Choral Projections," September 9, 2010.

Egidia Occhipinti, "Aristotele, Teopompo e la politica macedone," June 17, 2010.

Steven M. Berry, "Vico's Homer and the "Oral Versus Written" Dilemma," May 11, 2010. Note: The author is in the process of revising this manuscript and welcomes suggestions and corrections. Please email him at

Sean Signore, "Andromache as Maenadic Warrior," April 5, 2010.

Claire Jacqmin, "Woman between the Tyrant and the Polis: the Role of Women in Tyrannical Regimes," (Woman between the Tyrant and the Polis), April 5, 2010.

Sarah Lannom, "Isthmian 8: Binding, Exchange, and Politics," March 22, 2010.

Sergios Paschalis, "The Dioscuri in Pindar’s Nemean 10, Theocritus’ Idyll 22 and Ovid’s Fasti 5.693-720: Cattle, Brides, and Strife," (The Dioscuri in Pindar’s Nemean 10) February 18, 2010.

Guy Smoot, "A Commentary on Pindar’s Olympian Ode II," February 17, 2010.

Dan Bertoni, "Τύχη in Pindar," February 4, 2010.

Emrys Bell-Schlatter, "Pythian 1: A Brief Commentary," January 27, 2010.

Daniele Iozzia, "Ragioni e fortuna della metafora dello scolpire
in Plotino, Enn. I 6 (1) 9, 6-15," January 6, 2010.

Alexander Loney, "Victims of the Gods’ Vengeance," excerpted from Homeric Tisis: Narrative Revenge and the Poetics of Justice in the Odyssey (Ph. D. Dissertation, Duke University), September 28, 2009.

Pascale Brillet-Dubois, "Astyanax and the Athenian War Orphans. Challenging war Ideology in Euripides' Trojan Women," (Astyanax and Athenian War Orphans) August 12, 2009.

Stephen Quinlan, "Running from Olympia to the Isles of the Blessed. Sacrifice, Athleticism and Cosmology in a Panhellenic Cult," (Running from Olympia) August 12, 2009.

David Mirhady, "Odyssey 18.130-42: The Poem's Programmic Passage?" April 3, 2009.

Guy Smoot. "The Mitoses of Achilles." February 1, 2008.

The initial publication of images of three Homeric Manuscripts from the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana is now online. Introduction by Christopher Blackwell, Casey Dué, Mary Ebbott, and Neel Smith. October 26, 2007.

Casey Dué and Mary Ebbott, "Oral Poetics and the Homeric Doloneia ."  July 11, 2007.

Yannick Durbec, "Callimaque Aitia Fr. 26 (Pfeiffer) et la tradition rhapsodique" (Callimaque). August 28, 2006.

Benjamin Woodring, "Trajectories of things: Spears, Arrows, and Agency in Ancient Greek Epic Poetry" (Trajectories of Things: Spears). August 28, 2006.

Sarah Shelton Hitch, King of Sacrifice: Ritual and Authority in the Iliad (736.53 Kb), Chapter 4. June 22, 2006.