States Oidipus, as almost every Greek myth, is a very complex structure - the collective achievement through the centuries, of people, and of poet, and of plastic artist, all adding motifs to the Oidipus edifice and thus raising it to its majestic structure. Presents with a mere catalogue of viewpoints on Oidipus mythology. Relates the first introduction to Oidipus in literature is found in the Iliad and in Hesiod, later in the Nekyia.
Compares the dramatisation of the Oedipus myth by Sophocles in his 'Oedipus Rex' and by Cocteau in his 'La Machine Infernale'. Explains both dramas are based on fundamentally the same story but nevertheless there are great differences in structure due to a difference in attitude towards Fate on the part of the two dramatists. Feels Cocteau succeeds in giving a fascinating dramatisation of the myth, but gives no new interpretation
Tries to show that the normal interpretation of Aristotle is not the one that follows logically from the text, and that consequently the argument assumed by scholars is not the correct one. Sees that the argument is somewhat subtler than is usually conceived, and that although Aristotle's explanation is nowhere misleading, it leaves much to be desired
Looks at three bronze statues erected by the orator Lycurgus in honour of the three tragedians. Is a note on an inscription on Pollux and his chronology recently published by Prof. B.D. Meritt from the Agora of Athens. Then looks at P.Oxy. 2331: Anonymous which contains verses on the labours of Hercules. Underlines some doubts rather than seek to offer solutions to some of the Bekker Anecdota passages. Finally looks at some miscellaneous glosses
States neither Greek nor Roman historiography was the story of the distant past based on documentary research. Feels two factors have been apt to influence current views on early Roman historiography namely the attitude of the literary historian who regards the history of a genre as an evolution out of more primitive beginnings; and the attitude of the scientist who in modern times looked upon the science of historiography as a discipline.
Attempts to examine the events leading up to Sulla's death in an attempt to see whether any symptoms of a medically diagnosable disease can be discerned in the various accounts of that death. Does this by building up a medical case history of Sulla's life and supplementing it with medical case histories of his immediate kin. Avoids the desperate expedient of asserting that Plutarch and his sources are talking nonsense about Sulla's death
States literary discussions of Quintilian's views on the rhetorical sententia are usually confined to his very sensible precepts on the use of this device given in paragraphs 25-34 of Inst. Or. VII.v.2. Feels a closer examination of the neglected but important paragraphs 3-24 is justified, and now attempts to analyse them and to discern the system underlying Quintilian's treatment.
Aim is to investigate Roman attitudes to the largely Celtic tribes of Europe who became the inhabitants of the western provinces of the empire. Is confined to the period before the second century A.D. Distinguishes the attitudes of various peoples after an investigation of some terms commonly found in contexts referring to foreign peoples and some general remarks on the place of the provinces in Roman thinking.
Contributes to the previous discussions in Acta classica (vol. 2, 1959 and vol. 3, 1960) about Petronius' 'bucca, bucca quot sunt hic?' by offering information from the South African cultural history. Explains how the game 'Bok-bok-staan-styf' is played and feels there is no correspondence with the Latin 'bucca'