Peter Green is Dougherty Centennial Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin and Adjunct Professor at the University of Iowa. His books include The Hellenistic Age: A Short History and a translation of the Iliad. His translation of the Odyssey is forthcoming. (October 2017)


A Family Cruise

Jay & Daniel Mendelsohn

An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic

by Daniel Mendelsohn
In January 2011, just before the beginning of the spring semester, Daniel Mendelsohn—well known to readers of The New York Review and a professor of classics at Bard College—was approached by his eighty-one-year-old father, a retired research mathematician and instructor in computer science. Could he, Jay Mendelsohn asked his son, …

When the Roman Empire Didn’t Stop

‘Marcus Curtius’; after John Martin, circa 1827. According to the historian Livy, when a chasm opened up in the Forum in 362 BC and an oracle declared that Rome could endure only by casting its greatest strength into it, the soldier Marcus Curtius said that its greatest strength was arms and valor and rode his horse into the chasm, saving the city.

By the Spear: Philip II, Alexander the Great, and the Rise and Fall of the Macedonian Empire

by Ian Worthington

Alexander’s Heirs: The Age of the Successors

by Edward M. Anson
“Is there any human being so indifferent or idle,” wrote Polybius in the introduction to his Histories, “as not to want to know how, and through what kind of regime, almost the entire society of the inhabited world, in less than fifty-three years, came under the sole rule of the …

They Couldn’t Escape the Greeks

John William Waterhouse: Hylas and the Nymphs, 1896

Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity: Art, Opera, Fiction, and the Proclamation of Modernity

by Simon Goldhill
From the onset of the Dark Ages down to our own time, the fraught and variegated relationship between Greek or Roman civilization and those civilizations’ heirs has never been less than significant and fascinating. Initially there was an emphasis on the survival and influence of classical literature. More recently, the …

He Found the Real Alexander

Charles Le Brun: Alexander the Great Entering Babylon, 1665

Collected Papers on Alexander the Great

by Ernst Badian
Throughout the fifth and fourth centuries BCE the southern Greek states had an increasingly uneasy relationship with the kingdom of Macedonia. Located north of Thessaly, in the ring of mountains surrounding the wide fertile plain above the Aegean (the site of modern Salonika), Macedonia was widely regarded by its southern …

Obsessed with Scapegoats and Outcasts

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres: Oedipus and the Sphinx, 1808

The Complete Plays of Sophocles: A New Translation

by Robert Bagg and James Scully

Oedipus Rex

by Sophocles, translated from the Greek with an introduction and notes by David Mulroy
With the possible exception of Homer, no cultural phenomenon from the ancient world has had a more widespread or persistent impact on subsequent generations, from Aristotle’s day to our own, than Greek tragedy. It developed primarily in Athens, in the late sixth century BCE, and, as is generally agreed, reached …