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Anna Tiziana Drago

is, of a rhetorically and literarily productive comparison between different modes of life starting from its compositional framework: work at sea and work on dry land, vs. the city cosmos, inhabited by parasites and courtesans. The social universe represented in the epistolographic collection

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Niels Koopman

. The narrator first recounts that Hephaestus makes a herd of oxen on the shield (573). He next mentions the metals of which the cattle are made, gold and tin (574). The herdsmen, too, are made of gold (577). The image on the shield is, however, no still life: something is happening. The cattle are

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Sara Chiarini

top of which stands a lion. 40 It is unclear whether this is supposed to be a living animal or another sculpture like that of the god below. The static attitude of the divinity surely contrasts with the dynamic pose of the lion, which seems about to hurl itself to the right, towards two dove

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Antonis Tsakmakis

’ sending of a scout to spy upon the Greek camp is motivated through a backward reference: ‘for while he [Xerxes] was yet in Thessaly, he had heard (ἀκηκόεε) that some small army was here gathered, and that its leaders were Lacedaemonians, Leonidas a descendant of Heracles among them’. 23 What Xerxes had

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Hans van Wees

warning of the Persian invasion, through a covert message from their deposed king Demaratus, living in exile at the Persian court (2.10.13–2.10.17). They had therefore consulted the Delphic oracle, which foretold that ‘either a king of the Spartans or the city must fall’ (2.11.8). Leonidas duly decided to