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Hermathena - A Trinity College Dublin Review

The journal is under the auspices of the Department of Classics. It has been published here at Trinity College without interruption since 1873. Subjects covered include the Classical World, Theology, and Philosophy

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Recent Issues

No. 206 (Summer 2019)

  • Bright stars and wide whorls. Paul T. Keyser 
  • Versaque … Arctos erat: Ovid’s Callisto. Melissande Tomcik 
  • Locating theatre in Herodotus’ Histories. Irene Stone 
  • & Book Reviews 

Nos 204-205 (Summer-Winter 2018)

Elite responses to the rise of Achaemenid Persia. Edited by Selga Medenieks

  • Acknowledgements. Selga Medenieks
  • ‘ἐμήδισαν προθύμως οὐδ᾽ ἔτι ἐνδοιαστῶς’: Thessalian Medism and its repercussions. Emma Aston
  • Silk purses and sows’ ears: Thebans, Boeotians, and the second Persian invasion 480-479 BCE. Samuel D. Gartland
  • Milesian elite responses to Persia: the Ionian Revolt in context. Alan M. Greaves, John Brendan Knight, and Françoise Rutland
  • The only one to medise? Notes on the career of King Demaratus of Sparta. Marcello Lupi
  • Religious responses in Babylonia to the rise of Persia. Selga Medenieks
  • The paradox of allegiances: Alexander I of Macedon and Persian power. E. P. Moloney
  • Egyptian elites before the Persian conquest. Alexander Schütze
  • ‘Our court shall be a little academe’: Judaean elites and the Persian Great King in the early Persian Empire. Jason M. Silverman

Nos 202-203 (Summer-Winter 2017)

The epistolary Cicero: further readings in the Letters. Edited by Roy Gibson and Ruth Morello

  • Introduction. Ruth Morello with Roy Gibson
  • Taking no interest in Atticus. John Henderson
  • The first person in Cicero’s letters to Atticus. G. O. Hutchinson
  • Un-parallel lives? The younger Quintus and Marcus Cicero in Cicero’s Letters. Rhiannon Ash
  • Pro Marcello without Caesar: grief, exile and death in Cicero’s Epistulae ad familiares 4. Roy Gibson
  • Further voices and familiar perspectives in Cicero’s Letters. Ruth Morello
  • Last but not least: ad M. Brutum. Christopher Whitton
  • Cicero the satirist? Scurrilous poses in the Letters. Amanda Wilcox
  • What do (Cicero’s) letters count as evidence for? Andrew Riggsby

Nos 200-201 (Summer-Winter 2016)

Essays in honour of Brian McGing

  • Preface. Monica Gale
  • Reminiscences of Brian. Paul Cartledge
  • East and West: lines of communication between Alexander and the Greeks. Shane Wallace
  • Reading the Roman-Jewish treaty in 1 Maccabees 8: narrative, documents, and Hellenistic historical culture. Duncan E. MacRae
  • Philo as rhetorician: diatribe moments in the De Abrahamo. John Dillon
  • Plutarch and the Roman triumph. Judith Mossman
  • The Emperor, the Jews, and the anatomy of Empire. Mark Humphries
  • ‘Don’t forget the stone itself’: a Near Eastern threshold in the temple of the Lydian goddess. Selga Medenieks
  • From quarry to metropolis: the journey of an Egyptian granite column from Mons Claudianus in Egypt to the Pantheon in Rome. Hazel Dodge
  • A new inscription from Liverpool and its afterlife: World Museum, Liverpool Peter Liddel and Polly Low

No 199 (Winter 2015)

  • Crowing over Kebriones the Diver: Iliad 16.740-50, Augustan poetry, and traditions of the Troad
    David Braund
  • Socrates framed: a cross-dialogue narrative in Plato
    E. E. Pender
  • Julius Caesar and the Roman stasis
    Ayelet Peer
  • Aurelius Victor and the ending of Sallust’s Jugurtha
    Justin A. Stover and George Woudhuysen
  • The epic hero as sacrificial victim: Patroclus and Palinurus
    Sergios Paschalis
  • Tacitus in Italy: between language and politics
    Salvador Bartera
  • Stephen and Aubrey de Vere translate Horace
    Julian D. Reynolds
  • Review of Jeffrey M. Duban. The Lesbian Lyre: Reclaiming Sappho for the 21st Century.
  • Review of Sean Sheehan. A Guide to Reading Herodotus’ Histories.
    Elizabeth Irwin and Thomas Harrison (eds). Interpreting Herodotus.

No 198 (Summer 2015)

  • Ἔπεα πτερόεντα again: a cognitive linguistic view on Homer’s ‘winged words’. Fabian Horn
  • Platonist Brahmans? Platonic metaphors in Refutation of All Heresies 1.24. Donald L. Ross
  • Martial’s farm in the window: the case for urban agriculture in ancient Rome.Tracey E. Watts
  • & Reviews

Nos 196-197 (Summer-Winter 2014)

The Roman Civil Wars: A House Divided. Edited by Richard Westall

  • Introduction. Richard Westall
  • The construction of one’s enemies in civil war (49-30 BCE). Hannah Cornwell
  • The logic of violence in Roman civil war. Carsten H. Lange
  • Cassius Dio 41.43: religion as a liability in Pompey’s civil war. Lindsay G. Driediger-Murphy
  • Pietatis Imago. Roger Pitcher
  • The Lex Pedia of 43 BCE and its aftermath. Kathryn Welch
  • Quintus Fufius Calenus: a forgotten career. Anna B. Miączewska
  • Family matters: Velleius Paterculus and the Roman civil wars. Marius Gerhardt
  • Caesar prophesies the future: Sallust Catiline 51.35-6. An exercise in historiography. Martin Stone†
  • Varro on civil war: Book 4 of De vita populi Romani. Antonino Pittà
  • The flight from Rome in January 49 BCE: rhetorical patterns in the narratives of Lucan and Cassius Dio. Stefano Poletti
  • Pompeius at Pelusium: the death of the Roman lord of Asia. Richard Westall

No. 195 (Winter 2013)

  • The Philosopher in Plato’s Sophist. Alex Priou
  • Soul, Causation and Evil: Is Plato’s ψυχή indeed κινήσεως ἁπάσης αἰτία and τῶν πάντων αἰτία? Viktor Ilievski
  • Phineus’ Perpetual Night: Ovid, Metamorphoses 7.2–4 and Apollonius, Argonautica 2.178–497. Brian D. McPhee
  • Ciris 80: an emendation. Boris Kayachev
  • & Reviews

No. 194 (Summer 2013)

Fabellae Dublinienses Revisited and Other Essays in Honour of Marvin Colker. Edited by Anna Chahoud

  • Preface. Anna Chahoud
  • The ‘Colker catalogue’: a brief history. Jane Maxwell
  • TCD MS 115: an Ovid for the Middle Ages. John Scattergood
  • Oliver of Cologne’s Historia Damiatina: a new manuscript witness in Dublin, Trinity College Library MS 496. Thomas W. Smith
  • TCD MS 602 and the transmission of Petronius in England in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Giulio Vannini
  • How much of the Satyrica do we read in Petronius Redivivus (TCD MS 602)? Ornella Rossi
  • A note on Quintus Curtius and Gellius in TCD MS 602. Silverio Franzoni
  • A pseudo-classical dialogue in TCD MS 632. Anna Chahoud and Ernesto Stagni
  • Edward Lovett Pearce and the ‘Bath of Augustus’ (Fagel I.1.95). Edward McParland
  • & Reviews

No. 193 (Winter 2012)

Places, Spaces, and Monuments in the Poetry of the First Century BC

  • Editorial: Space, Place and Literary Topographies
  • World under Construction: Space and Difference in Lucretius, De Rerum Natura I. Eva Marie Noller
  • Maenius absentem Novium cum carperet (Horace, Satires 1.3.21): Characters, Places, Monuments. Claudia Conese
  • omne patens: Reading Narrative Space in Ovid's Heroides. Bethany Flanders
  • & Reviews

No. 192 (Summer 2012)

  • Witches in time and space: Satire 1.8, Epode 5 and landscapes of fear. Marguerite Johnson
  • From Energeia to energy: Plotinus and the formation of the concept of energy. Paul Kalligas
  • The necessity of philosophy. John Dillon
  • & Reviews

No. 191 (Winter 2011)

Philosophy and Mathematics II: Selected Papers from the John J. Cleary Memorial Conference. Edited by Peter D. Larsen and Eleni Kaklamanou

  • Euclid's context principle. Peter Simons
  • Wittgenstein, constructivism, and mathematical proof. Thomas McNally
  • The provision of mathematics support and the role of the history of mathematics. Ciarán Mac an Bhaird
  • Filling the Void: the application of Free Logic to programming. Hugh Gibbons
  • & Reviews

No. 190 (Summer 2011)

Philosophy and Mathematics I: Selected Papers from the John J. Cleary Memorial Conference. Edited by Peter D. Larsen and Eleni Kaklamanou

  • Introduction. Peter D. Larsen and Eleni Kaklamanou
  • Proportion and Mathematics in Plato's Timaeus. S. Glenn
  • Aristotle on Mathematical and Eidetic Number. Daniel P. Maher
  • Russell and the Transfinite. James Levine
  • & Reviews

No. 189 (Winter 2010)

(containing essays arising from an all-day seminar held in the Centre for the Study of the Platonic Tradition in Trinity College, Dublin, given by the distinguished Russian Platonist Professor Yury Shichalin and a group of his students, on the subject of the Platonic Corpus and our understanding of its composition)

  • Introduction. John Dillon
  • On the new approach to the chronology of the Corpus Platonicum. Yury Anatolievich Shichalin
  • On the position of Crito in the Corpus Platonicum. Anastasia Zolotukhina
  • Concerning the date of Plato's Phaedrus. Anna Usacheva
  • Elenchus and Diairesis in Plato's Sophist. Olga Alieva
  • Some Support from Computational Stylistics. Harold Tarrant
  • & Reviews

No. 188 (Summer 2010)

  • Memories of Kythera: an address. G. L. Huxley
  • Problems in the Satires of Horace. E. Courtney
  • An invocation of Chrestos in Magic. The question of the orthographical spelling of Chrestos and interpretation issues in PGM XIII.288-95. Eleni Pachoumi
  • Comparing and connecting myths. G. L. Huxley review of Bruce Louden, Homer's Odyssey and the Near East.
  • & Reviews

No. 187 (Winter 2009)


  • 'The fox knoweth many things, the hedgehog one great thing': the relation of philosophical concepts and historical contexts in Plato's Dialogues. Michael Erler
  • The ethics of descent in Plotinus. Euree Song
  • Dr Johnson and the Irish. Niall Rudd
  • Defining and displaying the human body: collectors and Classics during the British Enlightenment. Ellen Adams
  • Notes on a biography of C. M. Bowra. G. L. Huxley
  • & Reviews

No. 186 (Summer 2009)

  • A possible Mesopotamian origin for Plato's World Soul. Leon Crickmore
  • Reading Socrates in Plato's Dialogues (Stephen MacKenna Lecture, Dublin, January 2009). Christopher Rowe
  • Reason in check: the scepticism of Sextus Empiricus. Daniel Vázquez
  • A note on the name Hermathena and its lepidopteran namesakes. Eileen Kelly
  • & Reviews