Part I. Lament and ritualProblems and method

Problems and method The lament for the dead is essentially functional. It is only one part of a complex tradition of ritual customs and beliefs. To understand the nature of its development in Greek tradition, and to determine the extent of its continuity from ancient to modern times, it must… Read more

The Ritual Lament in Greek Tradition

Margaret Alexiou’s The Ritual Lament in Greek Tradition, first published in 1974, has long since been established as a classic in several fields. This is the only generic and diachronic study of learned and popular lament and its socio-cultural contexts throughout Greek tradition in which a great diversity of sources are… Read more

Diachronic Homer and a Cretan Odyssey

Short Writings: IV. Table of Contents 2017.06.10 [The online version of this presentation as published here on the website of the Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS),, replicates the contents of another online version as published in Oral Tradition 31/1 (2017) 3–50. The proper URL citation for that version… Read more

Heat and Lust: Hesiod’s Midsummer Festival Scene Revisited

J.C.B. Petropoulos examines the description of midsummer in Hesiod’s Works and Days, explores modern Greek agrarian practices and relevant folk beliefs, proverbs, symbols, and songs, and cautiously attempts a ‘backward extrapolation’. With the help of comparative ethnographic models, readers will not only better appreciate the seasonal settings of Hesiod’s harvest… Read more


Bibliography Bibliographical Abbreviations BA = Best of the Achaeans, Nagy 1979/1999. DGE = Schwyzer 1923. GMP = Greek Mythology and Poetics, Nagy 1990b. H24H = The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours, Nagy 2013 HC = Homer the Classic, Nagy 2009|2008 HPC = Homer the Preclassic, Nagy 2010|2009 HQ =… Read more


Introduction Gregory Nagy 2017.01.20 This introduction is meant to be as brief as possible. Most of the background is given in “A sampling of comments on Iliad Rhapsody 1,” immediately below. Overall, the content that I offer in my samplings of comments on Iliad Rhapsody 1 through Iliad Rhapsody 24… Read more