Posts Tagged by chariot
Chariots on the Lelantine plain and the art of taunting the losers, Part 3: Winning the Lelantine War
|May 29, 2018||By Natasha Bershadsky listed under Guest Post||
2018.05.29 | By Natasha Bershadsky
§0. After their victory over the Chalcidians and the Boeotians in 506 BCE, the Athenians dedicated to Athena a bronze chariot drawn by four horses. The sculpture was accompanied by an epigram. This study argues that the chariot portrayed the Athenians as victors in the age-old Lelantine War, while the epigram was constructed to taunt the defeated enemies of Athens by parodying their local traditions about primordial bronze-clad warriors.
|May 22, 2018||By Natasha Bershadsky listed under Guest Post||
2018.05.22 | By Natasha Bershadsky
§0. In 506 BCE Athens defeated Chalcis in battle and annexed the lands of the Chalcidian hippobotai. The ritual confrontations between the hippobotai and the Eretrian hippeis, and any attendant chariot-riding, must have come to an end. Intriguingly, however, it is possible to show that the young Eretrian democracy attempted to harness the power and prestige of the obliterated aristocratic tradition, rerouting the chariots onto a different track.
Chariots on the Lelantine plain and the art of taunting the losers, Part 1: Riding into the reenactment
|May 17, 2018||By Natasha Bershadsky listed under Guest Post||
2018.05.17 | By Natasha Bershadsky
§0. This inquiry reconstructs the role of chariots in ancient Greek ritual reenactments of primordial battles fought over the Lelantine plain on the island of Euboea from ca. 750 to 506 BCE (the so-called “Lelantine War”). It also considers the possibility of a homoerotic connection between the Euboean charioteers and apobatai, operating in the framework of their progression toward full adulthood.
|August 12, 2016||By Gregory Nagy listed under Homer commentary|
2016.08.12/updated 2018.09.08 | By Gregory Nagy
Up to now, Diomedes has been the hero who comes closest to Achilles in competing for the title ‘best of the Achaeans’. Here in Rhapsody 7, however, the focus shifts to Ajax, who responds to the challenge of Hector to fight in a duel the one hero among all the Achaeans who is truly the ‘best of the Achaeans’. As we know from the overall references to Ajax in both the Iliad and the Odyssey, this hero is considered to be the second-best of the Achaeans in both epics. So, it does not bode well for Hector that, in his duel with Ajax, he cannot succeed beyond fighting such a hero to a draw. If Hector can do no better than fight to a draw the second-best of the Achaeans, he is surely doomed when the time comes for him to face the very best of the Achaeans in Rhapsody 22.