Thinking Comparatively about Greek Mythology

TC I, Hēraklēs as athlete

TC II, Hēraklēs as an ‘Indo-European’ hero

TC III, Hēraklēs compared to a hero of the Mahābhārata

TC IV, Reconstructing Hēraklēs backward in time

TC V, Reconstructing Hēraklēs forward in time

TC VI, A Mycenaean phase in the reception of myths about Hēraklēs

TC VII, Greek mythological models for prototyping Hēraklēs

TC VIII, Some rough patches along the way toward a prototyping of Hēraklēs

TC IX, Further rough patches for Hēraklēs

TC X, A Homeric lens for viewing Hēraklēs

TC XI, Homeric marginalizations of Hēraklēs as an epic hero

TC XII, Hēraklēs at his station in Mycenaean Tiryns

TC XIII, with a focus on the role of Hēraklēs as kingmaker

TC XIV, with a focus on the role of Hēraklēs as a leader of fighting men

TC XV, with a focus on Hēraklēs of Tiryns as military leader of the Mycenaean Empire

TC XVI, with a focus on Dorians led by kingly ‘sons’ of Hēraklēs the kingmaker

TC XVII, with placeholders that stem from a conversation with Tom Palaima, starting with this question: was Hēraklēs a Dorian?

TC XVIII, a post-Mycenaean view of Hēraklēs as founder of the Olympics

TC XIX, a post-Mycenaean view of Hēraklēs as a performer of his Labors

TC series bibliography

A series of essays relating to Aphrodite

A sampling of comments on Pausanias: 1.24.8–1.27.3

About Aphrodite’s birds and her magical flowers in Song 1 of Sappho and elsewhere

The theo-eroticism of mythmaking about Aphrodite’s love for boys like Adonis

Envisioning Aphrodite inside the living wood of a myrtle tree

Sappho’s Aphrodite, the goddess Chryse, and a primal ordeal suffered by Philoctetes in a tragedy of Sophocles