Tags » Greek Literature

The Idylls by Theocritus (trans. Robert Wells)

(Originally read this work and wrote this post in 2009)

“Now I know love as he is, an angry god
Suckled by a lioness, reared in a wild wood,

687 more words

Oaths in Medea

ὦ μεγάλα Θέμι καὶ πότνι᾽ Ἄρτεμι,
λεύσσεθ᾽ ἃ πάσχω, μεγάλοις ὅρκοις
ἐνδησαμένα τὸν κατάρατον
πόσιν; ὅν ποτ᾽ ἐγὼ νύμφαν τ᾽ ἐσίδοιμ᾽
αὐτοῖς μελάθροις διακναιομένους,

Ancient Greek


“Tragedy, then, is an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude; in a language embellished with each kind of artistic ornament, the several kinds being found in separate parts of the play; in the form of action, not of narrative; through pity and fear effecting the proper purgation of these emotions.” 599 more words

When evening falls

Ἔσπερε, πάντα φέρων, ὄσα φαίνολις ἐσκέδασ’ Αὔως,
φέρεις ὄιν, φέρεις αἶγα, φέρεις ἄπυ μάτερι παῖδα.

Evening, thou that bringst all that bright morning scattered,
thou bringst the sheep, the goat, and the child back to its mother. 132 more words

Ancient Greek

Find a Commentary: Josephus and Polybius at PACE

PACE (Project on Ancient Cultural Engagement) is an invaluable resource for anyone studying Josephus or Polybius.  PACE is home to reliable texts, translations, commentaries, archaeological reports, images, and scholarship on topics relevant to these two authors.   354 more words


Boring classics teachers


All hail, seven pupils of Aristides the rhetorician, four walls and three benches.

Select Epigrams from the Greek Anthology 10 XXX111 J.W.MACKAIL

Nowadays the accolade for the most boring teachers seems to go to geography teachers. 375 more words

Ancient Greek

And all the ways grew dark

Hom. Od. 2.388

δύσετό τ᾽ ἠέλιος σκιόωντό τε πᾶσαι ἀγυιαί
Now the sun set and all the ways grew dark

Many years ago – 1971 to be precise – I spent a month in Greece wandering around the Peloponese and a further up as far as Delphi. 311 more words

Ancient Greek