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Epic and Tragic Performances: What's On

Upcoming Performances

Emma Griffiths offers some news on forthcoming performances of tragedy…

If you want Greek tragedy, 2014-2015 promises to be a bumper year. As well as regular productions by As part of a classical education, I’d encourage you to see as many productions of drama as you can: many theatres offer cut-price tickets for students. 154 more words

Greek Literature

The chapel on the sea


Κύπριδος οὗτος ὁ χῶρος, ἐπεὶ φίλον ἔπλετο τήνᾳ,
αἰὲν ἀπ᾽ ἠπείρου λαμπρὸν ὁρῆν πέλαγος,
ὄφρα φίλον ναύτῃσι τελῇ πλόον ἀμφὶ δὲ πόντος
δειμαίνει, λιπαρὸν δερκόμενος ξόανον. 123 more words

Ancient Greek

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,

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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