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Hellenic Studies Series 65  | Available Now

Cameron_coverDialoguing in Late Antiquity
Averil Cameron

Christians talked, debated, and wrote dialogues in late antiquity and on throughout Byzantium. Some were philosophical, others more literary, theological, or Platonic; Aristotle also came into the picture as time went on. Sometimes the written works claim to be records of actual public debates, and we know that many such debates did take place and continued to do so. Dialoguing in Late Antiquity takes up a challenge laid down by recent scholars who argue that a wall of silence came down in the fifth century AD, after which Christians did not “dialogue.”

Averil Cameron now returns to questions raised in her book Christianity and the Rhetoric of Empire (1991), drawing on the large repertoire of surviving Christian dialogue texts from late antiquity to make a forceful case for their centrality in Greek literature from the second century and the Second Sophistic onward. At the same time, Dialoguing in Late Antiquity points forward to the long and neglected history of dialogue in Byzantium. Throughout this study, Cameron engages with current literary approaches and is a powerful advocate for the greater integration of Christian texts by literary scholars and historians alike.

Hellenic Studies Series 63  |  Available Now

Poetry_Initiation_cover Poetry as Initiation: The Center for Hellenic Studies Symposium on the Derveni Papyrus
Ioanna Papadopoulou and Leonard Muellner, eds.

The Derveni Papyrus is the oldest known European “book.” It was meant to accompany the cremated body in Derveni Tomb A but, by a stroke of luck, did not burn completely. Considered the most important discovery for Greek philology in the twentieth century, the papyrus was found accidentally in 1962 during a public works project in an uninhabited place about 10 km from Thessaloniki, and it is now preserved in the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.

The papers in Poetry as Initiation discuss a number of open questions: Who was the author of the papyrus? What is the date of the text? What is the significance of burying a book with a corpse? What was the context of the peculiar chthonic ritual described in the text? Who were its performers? What is the relationship of the author and the ritual to the so-called Orphic texts?

2014 Sunoikisis Undergraduate Research Symposium

Each year CHS invites students from a variety of institutions to present their work on ancient Greece and Rome, as well as the classical tradition. The symposium provides students the opportunity to interact with their peers and faculty at a national meeting.

Join us on Saturday, April 12 from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (EDT) for a live webcast of this year's event. The stream will be available at rtsp://stream.chs.harvard.edu/HouseA, viewable with VLC Media Player or Quicktime. For more information, including abstracts, see the announcement on the Sunoikisis website.

Homer Multitext

The Homer Multitext project, the first of its kind in Homeric studies, presents the textual transmission of the Iliad and Odyssey in a historical framework. It offers free access to a library of texts and images, a machine-interface to that library and its indices, and tools to allow readers to discover and engage with the Homeric tradition.

The HMT team has always provided open access to their source images and editorial work. Now they are offering packaged archives available for download as zip files. They are also distributing their published issues as nexus artifacts. Visit the HMT blog for Neel Smith's announcement about these important changes.

Death Dido

Image: The Death of Dido. From the Vergilius Vaticanus (Vatican Library, Cod. Vat. lat. 3225)., c. 400.
By: Meister des Vergilius Vaticanus [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons