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Martin West is internationally known as one of the outstanding Classical scholars of our time, and one of the most prolific. Hellenica is a three-volume selection of ninety or so of his most notable papers relating to Greek literature and thought.
This third volume contains thirty-three pieces chosen from over four decades of publication, and one hitherto unpublished. Eleven items fall under the heading of philosophy and ten under that of music and metre. Most of the remainder are on literary texts and topics; they include an English version of the author's Teubner Lecture on the role and image of the Greek poetess, and obituaries of two Oxford Regius Professors of Greek. The volume is rounded off with a provocative collection of Obiter Dicta culled from the whole body of the author's output.
The first volume is devoted to early epic and the second to the lyric poets and tragedy. Each volume contains a preface, indexes, and a full list of the author's other writings relating to the areas in question. This third one also contains an index of the publications reproduced or excerpted in Hellenica I-III.
Martin West was a Fellow and Praelector at University College, Oxford, from 1963 to 1974, then Professor of Greek at Bedford College and Royal Holloway Colleges, London, till 1991, and a Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, from 1991 to 2004. He continues to live and work in Oxford.
Table of Contents
Preface Acknowledgments Abbreviations Philosophy 1. Towards Monotheism 2. Early Greek Philosophy 3. Alcman and Pythagoras 4. Ab Ov: The Origins of the Ionian World Model 5. The Date of Zoroaster 6. The Midnight Planet 7. Cosmology in the Greek Tragedians 8. The Eternal Triangle: The Curious Cosmology of Petron of Himera 9. Seventeen Distorted Mirrors in Plato 10. An Atomist Illustration in Aristotle 11. The Cosmology of Hippocrates, De Hebdomadibus Music and Metre 12. The Transmission of Greek Music: Then and Now 13. When is a Harp a Panpipe? 14. Ion of Chios on the Eleven-stringed Lyre 15. Alcidamas(?) 16. The Christian Hymn from Oxyrhynchus: Greek Music or Syriac? 17. Music Therapy in Antiquity 18. Three Topics in Greek Metre: Catalexis, Anceps, Caesura 19. Grey Uniforms and Lopsided Disguises: Sicking's Verslehre 20. W. S. Allen's Theory of Stress in Classical Greek 21. Theocritus and the Aeolic Base Literary Byways. Varia 22. The Greek Poetess: Her Role and Image 23. The Name of Aphrodite 24. Rhapsodes at Festivals 25. The Contest of Homer and Hesiod 26. The Ascription of Fables to Aesop in Archaic and Classical Greece 27. Fable and Disputation 28. Ion of Chios 29. Erinna 30. The Way of a Maid with a Moke: P. Oxy. 4762 31. Longinus and the Grandeur of God 32. Magnus and Marcellinus: Unnoticed Acrostics in the cyranides 33. The Eighth Homeric Hymn and Proclus 34. Two Regius Professors of Greek 35. Obiter Dicta Supplementary list of publications Indexes 1. Greek Words and Forms 2. Passages 3. General 4. Publications reprinted or excerpted in Hellenica I-III