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Questions about works of literature that were originally written in the Greek language, regardless of whether they were written or published in Greece or elsewhere.

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About Sappho's epigram for the little girl Aithopia: first line (manuscript tradition and experts' take), and authorship

Background and research: As I am planning to post this poem on my blog relatively soon, I was doing some research on the first line. From what I had written previously, I seem to have found two ...
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Does Nicanor's account of Alexander survive?

I came across allusions to a source in one of the volumes of the Ante-Nicene Fathers, relevant summary by Oxford: The learned Roman scholar and antiquarian M. Terentius Varro decided to take matters ...
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What does it mean when Scully's translations of Sophocles use center-aligned text?

Short version: I am reading The Complete Plays of Sophocles, translated by Robert Bagg & James Scully. In both of Scully's translations (Aias and Philoktetes), though none of Bagg's, sections of ...
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Is there a connection between Achilles's talking horse in the Iliad and Balaam's talking donkey in the Bible?

At the end of Book XIX of The Iliad we find that Achilles's horse spontaneously begins talking to him: Automedon, whip in hand, sprang up behind the horses, and after him Achilles mounted in full ...
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What does Athena’s statement to Zeus at the beginning of The Odyssey reveal?

I was told to analyze this passage in book 1 of The Odyssey, having read only books 1-4: And sparkling-eyed Athena drove the matter home: “Father, son of Cronus, our high and mighty king, surely he ...
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Aesop's ambiguous fables

I've been reading through some fables of Aesop's. I notice that some of them draw an explicit moral, but I don't know whether these were edited in later. For example, this version of "boy and ...
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Hegel on Antigone

According to this article: According to Hegel's account of Greek tragedy, the conflict is not between good and evil but between goods that are each making too exclusive a claim. What is Hegel's ...
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Did the play “Prometheus the Fire-Bringer” provide an aetiology for a festival honouring Prometheus?

The Wikipedia article on the lost play Prometheus the Fire-Bringer attributed to Aeschylus tells us: Finally, Athenaeus wrote of a contemporary Athenian festival dedicated to Prometheus: Aeschylus ...
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Is Anathem a version of Plato's Republic?

Is Neal Stephenson's novel Anathem a version of Plato's Republic? Those who have read the novel and have a little Plato will understand why I ask. We often point to Swift as the originator of modern ...
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Is Odysseus a hero in the Odyssey?

Is Odysseus a hero in the Odyssey? From what I’ve read, the answer seems to be a pretty clear yes. The definition of an Ancient Greek hero seemed to revolve around pure talent and ability to fight. ...
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Catharsis in Medea

Catharsis is defined by Aristotle as a pure release of supressed emotions. It generally occurs at the end of the play or at the resolution, when the audience undergoes a powerful experience of a range ...
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Was the Moon an emissary for the Gods in greek mythology?

I'm an astrology student and, in order to better understand the explanation for the meaning of certain phenomena, I'm investigating greek mythology. Right now, I'm trying to understand why void moons....
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Short form of dedication in Greek? "Αφιερωμένο σε~" -> "Στον ~" or something else?

Note: I am asking this question here because a number of other questions have suggested that there is no Greek StackExchange and that these questions should be asked in Literature StackExchange. If I ...
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English translation of Hermias' commentary on Plato's "Phaedrus"

Does there exist an English translation of the Commentary on Plato's Phaedrus (In Platonis Phaedrum Scholia) by Hermias of Alexandria?
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