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Pausanias tries to visualize the three ‘Graces’ of Orkhomenos in Boeotia

2021.03.20 | By Gregory Nagy §0. I focus here on a time in history when the traveler Pausanias, who lived in the second century CE, visited the proud old city of Orkhomenos in the region of Boeotia. As we read in his report of that visit, he took a special interest in the traditional myths and rituals of the city’s inhabitants concerning goddesses worshipped there as the three Kharites or… Read more

Olympism, Culture, and Society: On Pindar’s poetic lessons about heroic Olympism in myths about Herakles

2021.03.12 | By Gregory Nagy §0. In our modern world—or, as some would think of it, in our postmodern world—we find it difficult to achieve any consensus about the meaning of the term “culture” as featured in the title of this essay. As for the term “society,” even experts in the social sciences cannot seem to agree on a unified definition. Nevertheless, most of us can at least sense, however… Read more

A working translation of Pindar Olympian 14

2021.03.08 | By Maša Ćulumović 1     Καφιϲίων ὑδάτων        λαχοῖϲαι αἵτε ναίετε καλλίπωλον ἕδραν,        ὦ λιπαρᾶϲ ἀοίδιμοι βαϲίλειαι        Χάριτεϲ Ἐρχομενοῦ, παλαιγόνων Μινυᾶν ἐπίϲκοποι, 5     κλῦτ᾿, ἐπεὶ εὔχομαι· ϲὺν γὰρ ὑμῖν τά ‹τε› τερπνὰ καί        τὰ γλυκέ᾿ ἄνεται… Read more