An excerpt from The Excerpta Constantiniana and the Byzantine Appropriation of the Past, by András Németh

The proem to the Excerpta survives via two independent channels. The text of both is identical and contains the name of the first collection (Inauguration of the Emperors). All those, both among the emperors of old and the persons of no public station, who did not allow their mind to be turned aside or weakened … Read more

An excerpt from The Gardens of Corfu, by Rachel Weaving, with photos by Marianne Majerus

Corfu Gardens: Ancient Myth and Modern Magic Greenest of the Greek islands, Corfu exerts a powerful magic. For those who seek them out, its natural landscapes and private gardens evoke a sense of wonder: expansive and intimate, restorative and energising, they offer joy and solace in a stressful world. It was in pre-Classical times that … Read more

An excerpt from Hesiod’s Works and Days, translated by A. E. Stallings

The time is ripe for sailing the fifty days Past solstice, summer in its closing phase, Season of toil. You will not shipwreck then, Nor will the sea extinguish all your men, Unless Earth-shaker, Poseidon, is annoyed, Or Zeus, King of the Gods, wants you destroyed: In their hands lies fulfillment, good and ill. While … Read more

Alicia Stallings interview

An interview with Alicia Stallings, translator of Hesiod’s Works and Days

Alicia, thank you for taking the time to speak to us about your translation of Hesiod’s Works and Days, which has been shortlisted for this year’s Runciman Award. You seem particularly inspired to follow in the footsteps of the ancient Greek poets. Can you explain why you are drawn to them? I’ve lived in Greece … Read more