Akroterion

Aimed at the non-specialist, articles cover all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman civilization, but focus especially on the influence and reception of the Classics.

Articles from Vol. 56, Annual

Andrew Lang, Comparative Anthropology and the Classics in the African Romances of Rider Haggard
The long-standing friendship between Andrew Lang (1844-1912) (1) and Henry Rider Haggard (1856-1925) (2) is surely one of the most intriguing literary relationships of the Victorian era. (3) Lang was a pre-eminent literary critic and his support for...
A Race-Horse Called Pherenikos
The aptly-named stallion Pherenikos (Victory-bearer) raced and won for Hieron, tyrant of Gela (485 BC) and Syracuse (485-467/6 BC). This is the only horse that is named in the surviving victory odes (epinikia) of Pindar and Bacchylides. (1) He makes...
Gorgias and the Psychology of Persuasion
1 Although the stated objective of Gorgias' Encomium of Helen may be doubted (1) --to free Helen from blame for leaving her home and husband to go to Troy with Paris (2)--it surely contains a serious point. The speech seems more accurately an encomium...
In Memoriam: W J Richards 21 Mei 1922-28 April 2011
Willem Johannes Richards is op 21 Mei 1922 in Middelburg, Transvaal, gebore as die oudste van nege kinders. Nadat hy hier gematrikuleer het, gaan hy na die Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir Christelike Hoer Onderwys waar hy in 1942 die BComm-graad behaal....
'Reality Worlds' Collide: Film and Videogames as Pedagogical Tools for the Classics
Since the early eighties, the personal computer has come to form an integral part of most aspects of our existence. In Hollywood this is no different. Indeed, the influence of the computer is so powerful that it is rare for an action-adventure film...
Signs and Narrative Design in Plutarch's Alexander
Plutarch's Alexander reflects the tendency among earlier Alexander sources to augment the life of the great Macedonian with a supernatural aspect. Plutarch himself selects from, dismisses and fashions this material in accordance with his own standards...
Some Classical Hypotexts in Margaret Doody's Aristotle and Poetic Justice
1. Introduction The aim of this article is to examine hypertextual allusions in Margaret Doody's novel Aristotle and poetic justice. (2) The novel is thus approached as a work of fiction which reflects literary and historical hypotexts rather than...
The Ancient Drug Opium
The use of papaver somniferum (from the Latin fero ferre = 'to bear/bring' and somnium = 'sleep') as a narcotic, goes back to the 13th century BC. The works of ancient authors such as Dioscorides, Celsus, Galen, Theophrastus and Pliny the Elder provide...
The Perfect King Bee Visions of Kingship in Classical Antiquity
Nam ut a minimis ordiamur, apes, quae natura duce coetum et societatem colunt mirumque inter se ordinem servant, uni regi obtemperant, quem non ipsae de turba temere delegerunt, sed ab ipsa natura insignem forma et diademate praeditum acceperunt. (1)...
Vergilius Ecloga 1
Teks: Vergilius Ecloga 1 Agtergrond Ek het Vergilius se eerste Ecloga vir my vertaling gekies aangesien dit as 'n baie relevante gedig in die huidige Suid-Afrikaanse konteks beskou kan word. Die hooftema van hierdie gedig is die herverdeling...
Why Did the Thebans Defeat the Normally Militarily Superior Spartans at the Battle of Leuctra (371 BC)?
Introduction The battle of Leuctra was fought in 371 BC and represents a turning point in Greek history. (1) For a long time the Spartans had held military dominance on any battlefield they entered, but this battle put an end to that dominance....