The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours

The ancient Greeks’ concept of “the hero” was very different from what we understand by the term today, Gregory Nagy argues—and it is only through analyzing their historical contexts that we can truly understand Achilles, Odysseus, Oedipus, and Herakles. In Greek tradition, a hero was a human, male or female, of the… Read more

Grieving Achilles

Brandeis University [This work was originally published in Homeric Contexts: Neoanalysis and the Interpretation of Oral Poetry, eds. Franco Montanari, Antonios Rengakos, Christos Tsagalis, pp.197-220. Berlin and Boston: Walter de Gruyter GmbH, 2012.] My point of departure is the scholarly work of my late friend and colleague, Steven Lowenstam. His… Read more

Description of Greece: A Pausanias Reader

Description of Greece: A Pausanias Reader, Scrolls 1–10 Translation based on the original rendering by W. H. S. Jones, 1918 (Scroll 2 with H.A. Ormerod), containing some of the footnotes of Jones.The translation is edited, with revisions, by Gregory Nagy [*]… Read more


Bibliographical Abbreviations ABV = Beazley, J. 1956. Attic Black-Figure Vase Painters. Oxford. BA = Nagy, G. 1999. The Best of the Achaeans: Concepts of the Hero in Archaic Greek Poetry. Rev. ed. with new intro. Baltimore (available online). DELG = Chantraine, P. 2009. Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue grecque: histoire… Read more

Selections from Sappho

Poetry of Sappho Translated by Gregory Nagy Sappho 1 (“Prayer to Aphrodite”)   1  You with pattern-woven flowers, immortal Aphrodite,   2  child of Zeus, weaver of wiles, I implore you,   3  do not devastate with aches and sorrows,   4 Mistress, my heart!   5  But… Read more