Author Archives: Armand D'Angour

About Armand D'Angour

Fellow and Tutor in Classics, Jesus College Oxford.

Reviews of Socrates in Love

August 2019: by Prof. Julia Kindt It may be tempting to think we already know Socrates, the Athenian philosopher whose most famous dictum remains that he was wise only insofar as he was aware of his own ignorance. Although Socrates … Continue reading

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Brekekekex Koax Koax

The Frogs Chorus in Aristophanes Frogs: competing with Dionysus Dionysus is rowing across the lake of the Underworld to a steady rhythm when he is interrupted by the frog chorus, singing to the accompaniment of the aulos (a double pipe, … Continue reading

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Kaineus Rising

                Kaineus Rising: A Trans Generational Myth Kaineus always knew he was meant to be a girl. Growing up amid the hills and vales of Thessaly in what is now northern Greece, he … Continue reading

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The Uselessness of Money

Paper delivered at the New Imago Forum Conference on ‘Money’, September 2015 The uselessness of money and the perversity of unlimit             A fable of Aesop tells of a man who hid his gold at the foot of a tree in … Continue reading

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Ovid, the Latin lover

Publius Ovidius Naso (Ovid), Roman poet, born 20 March 43 BC Ovid’s Amores 1.5: the poet’s most upbeat erotic composition. A cheeky poem (‘why itemize?’ the poet asks, having just itemized) that deserves a cheeky translation. Midday: a long, hot afternoon … Continue reading

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Losers and winners

Coming last in style The ancient Greeks didn’t always treat athletes and athletics with reverence. Nicarchus (1st cent. AD) wrote a witty epigram about runner called Kharmos (‘Victor’), which I’ve translated as follows: When Kharmos, in Arcadia, once entered in … Continue reading

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