The essay “A ritualized rethinking of what it meant to be ‘European’ for ancient Greeks of the post-heroic age: evidence from the Heroikos of Philostratus” was originally published in 2018 as chapter 12 of Thinking the Greeks: A Volume in Honour of James M. Redfield, eds. Bruce M. King and Lillian Doherty. It has been made available for online publication by permission of Routledge Publishers.
In this essay Professor Nagy highlights a ritual as described in the Heroikos of Philostratus, 52.3–54.1. Dating from the early third century CE and composed in the context of an intellectual movement commonly known as the Second Sophistic, the Heroikos is an antiquarian compendium of rituals and myths originating from the region of ancient Troy. Viewing myth as a component of ritual, Nagy uses the term ritual-myth complex in referring to examples of connectivity between myths and rituals, including the example he will be highlighting.