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

Inventory of terms and names

Inventory of terms and names Aeolian. As a noun, this word refers to Greek-speaking people who spoke an ancient Greek dialect known as Aeolic. As an adjective, this same word refers to the social and cultural institutions of these Aeolic-speaking people. [[GN 2016.09.07; see the anchor comment at Ι.01.463.]] Aeolian… Read more

Sophocles, Antigone

Translation of R. C. Jebb Revised by Pierre Habel and Gregory Nagy Newly revised by the Hour 25 Antigone Team (Brian Prescott-Decie, Jacqui Donlon, Jessica Eichelburg, Claudia Filos, Sarah Scott) Outside the gates of Thebes. Antigone and Ismene enter. Antigone Ismene, my sister, who came from the same womb as… Read more