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  • Who is the best of heroes, Achilles or Odysseus? And which is the best of epics, the Iliad or the Odyssey? 

    Nagy, Gregory (Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies, 2015-04-10)
    In H24H, I speak about the complementarity of the Homeric Iliad and Odyssey in foregrounding respectively Achilles and Odysseus as the best hero among all the Achaeans who came to fight in the Trojan War. (In this context, ...
  • The Vow of Socrates 

    Nagy, Gregory (2015-04-17)
    In Plato’s Phaedo 118a, we read this description of the very last seconds before Socrates died from the poison that pervaded his body after he was forced to drink the potion of hemlock that the State had measured out for ...
  • The Last Words of Socrates at the Place Where He Died 

    Nagy, Gregory (2015-03-27)
    In H24H 24§45, I quote and analyze the passage in Plato’s Phaedo 117a–118a where Socrates dies. His last words, as transmitted by Plato, are directed at all those who have followed Socrates—and who have had the unforgettable ...

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