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Achilles

Andrew Brown.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics

P ublished online July 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Classical Literature; Religion in the Ancient World. 1291 words.

Achilles (Ἀχιλλεύς), son of *Peleus and *Thetis; greatest of the Greek heroes in the Trojan War; central character of *Homer's Iliad.

His name may be of Mycenaean Greek origin,...

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Aeneas

Stephen J. Harrison.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics

P ublished online December 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Classical Literature; Religion in the Ancient World. 740 words.

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Albunea

Stephen J. Harrison.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics

P ublished online December 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Historical Geography; Classical Literature; Religion in the Ancient World. 138 words.

Albunea, sulphurous spring and stream near *Tibur with a famous waterfall, and its homonymous nymph (cf. Hor. Carm. 1. 7. 12), classed as a *Sibyl by *Varro (Lactant. Div. Inst. 1. 6. 12)...

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Alcestis

Ken Dowden.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics

P ublished online March 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Classical Literature; Religion in the Ancient World. 488 words.

Alcestis, in mythology, daughter of *Pelias, wife of Admetus king of *Pherae (Thessaly), who is prepared to die in his place.Pelias promised Alcestis to whoever could yoke a lion and boar to a...

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Amphiaraus

Hanne Eisenfeld.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics

P ublished online March 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Classical Literature; Religion in the Ancient World. 1103 words.

Seer and warrior, member of royal family of Argos, descended from Melampus. Son of Oecles, husband of Eriphyle, father of Alcmaeon (1) and Amphilochus. Unwilling participant in the expedition of the...

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Antigone (1)

Andrew Brown.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics

P ublished online March 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Classical Literature; Religion in the Ancient World. 861 words.

Antigone (1), daughter of *Oedipus and Iocasta, sister of *Eteocles, Polynices and Ismene.

*Sophocles (1)'s Antigone deals with events after the Theban War, in which Eteocles and...

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Antinous (1), mythical suitor of Penelope in the Odyssey

Nicholas J. Richardson.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics

P ublished online March 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Classical Literature; Religion in the Ancient World. 71 words.

Antinous (1), son of Eupeithes (Od. 1. 383), ringleader of *Penelope's suitors, and first to be killed by *Odysseus, whose kingship he is said to have wished to usurp (Od. 22. 8–53).

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Apollonius (1) Rhodius

Richard Hunter.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics

P ublished online December 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Classical Literature; Religion in the Ancient World. 2706 words.

Apollonius (1) Rhodius, a major literary figure of 3rd-century bce*Alexandria (1), and poet of the Argonautica, the only extant Greek hexameter *epic written between *Homer and the Roman imperial...

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Apollonius (12) , of Tyana

Herbert Jennings Rose and Antony Spawforth.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics

P ublished online December 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Classical Literature; Religion in the Ancient World. 217 words.

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Argonauts, mythical hero group from Greek epic

Richard Hunter.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics

P ublished online March 2016 .

Article. Subjects: Classical Literature; Religion in the Ancient World. 902 words.

Argonauts, one of the earliest (cf. Hom. Od. 12. 69–72) and most important Greek sagas, set in the generation before the Trojan War and involving heroes particularly associated with *Thessaly,...

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Ascanius

Stephen J. Harrison.

in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Classics

P ublished online December 2015 .

Article. Subjects: Classical Literature; Religion in the Ancient World. 198 words.

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Callimachus and the Poetics of the Diaspora

Jeremy McInerney.

in Myths on the Map

June 2017; p ublished online June 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World; Classical Literature. 7305 words.

This chapter reads Callimachus as a poet of the Hellenistic diaspora. It argues not only that his poems reflect the experience of Greeks born outside Greece, for whom the cultural baggage...

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Campania, Latium, and Rome

Simon Hornblower.

in Lykophron's Alexandra, Rome, and the Hellenistic World

June 2018; p ublished online July 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature; Religion in the Ancient World. 7553 words.

Campania receives very full treatment by Kassandra. Naples is especially prominent, and the relevant section ends at the poem’s exact middle point. This is a deliberate emphasizing device:...

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Centaurs and Lapiths in the Landscape of Thessaly

Emma Aston.

in Myths on the Map

June 2017; p ublished online June 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World; Classical Literature. 9252 words.

Lapiths and Centaurs are famous figures of Greek myth in both its literary and its artistic representation. However, what is rarely discussed is the localization of their conflict in the...

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Cities-Before-Cities

Daniel W. Berman.

in Myths on the Map

June 2017; p ublished online June 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World; Classical Literature. 8185 words.

Foundation myths are a crucial component of many Greek cities’ identities. But the mythic tradition also represents many cities and their spaces before they were cities at all. This study...

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Claudius and the Failure of Tradition

Kelly E. Shannon-Henderson.

in Religion and Memory in Tacitus' Annals

January 2019; p ublished online December 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature; Religion in the Ancient World. 23561 words.

After a brief assessment of how the lost portions of the Annals covering the reign of Caligula might have affected our understanding of the importance of religion within the work, this...

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Communicating with the Divine

Hélène Collard.

in Tracking Hermes, Pursuing Mercury

February 2019; p ublished online March 2019 .

Chapter. Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World; Classical Literature. 6305 words.

Historians and archaeologists have long been interested in the Greek herm. However, several aspects of this topic can still be refined. The usual questions about these monuments bear on...

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Conclusion

Anna-Maria Hartmann.

in English Mythography in its European Context, 1500-1650

March 2018; p ublished online March 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature; Religion in the Ancient World. 4287 words.

Although they did not set out explicitly to theorize myth, the mythographers in this study formulated particular concepts of myth. These concepts were developed ad hoc, rather than as part...

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Conclusion

Simon Hornblower.

in Lykophron's Alexandra, Rome, and the Hellenistic World

June 2018; p ublished online July 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature; Religion in the Ancient World. 4969 words.

The Alexandra is a strongly political poem. Other candidates for the description are considered. The 190s BC are argued to be a turning-point in Roman history, especially in the sphere of...

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Conclusions

Kelly E. Shannon-Henderson.

in Religion and Memory in Tacitus' Annals

January 2019; p ublished online December 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Classical Literature; Religion in the Ancient World. 5288 words.

This chapter summarizes the conclusions that emerge from the analysis conducted in previous chapters. While the reign of each emperor described in the Annals has its own unique religious...

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