First Drafts@Classics@

This section of the Classics@ site is devoted to new and developing scholarship. It allows for a “pre-publication”: a way for scholars at any stage of career to share their research even before it goes through a formal publication process. The purpose of pre-publication is twofold: one, to get new ideas and work available to the public in a timely way, and two, to have a forum for a wider range of feedback that will in turn aid in the formal peer review process. With that second purpose in mind, we hope to expand this section in the near future to include discussion boards for dialogue between authors and readers. In the meantime, feedback and submissions for First Drafts@Classics@ should be sent to the CHS Executive Editors: Casey Dué ( and Mary Ebbott (

The First Drafts are listed in order of publication, with the most recent first.

Dionysos Alexiou, "Phaedra and Hippolytus: The intertextual journey of the mytheme in 21st century’s drama plays," January 30, 2020.

Zoe Kalamara, "Odysseus in Aeschylean Drama: Revisiting the Fragments," January 30, 2020.

Dimitrios N. Theocharis, "Women in medicine. An epigraphic research," January 30, 2020.

Alexios Pliakos, "Minoan Flat Stone Kernoi Probably Are Decoded as Either Lunar or Lunisolar or One-Year Solar Calendars: A Documented Answer," October 23, 2019.

Francesca Dell’Oro and Giuseppe G. A. Celano, "Epigraphic Treebanks: Some Considerations from a Work in Progress," July 26, 2019.

Ben Roy, Bliss Perry, Alejandro Quintana, Sam Puopolo, Benji Ho, Sasha Barish, translators, Sophocles' Antigone (eds. Muhua Yang, Dexter Summers, Adonica McCray, Sheridan Marsh, Phoebe Lindsay, Chloe Brooks, Mitch Polonsky, Alice Donnellan), January 29, 2019.

Dimitra Karamitsou, "A Psychological Study of Dreams in Hellenistic Poetry," December 31, 2018.

Angelos Boufalis, "Local Scripts in Archaic Macedonia," December 31, 2018.

Apostolia Alepidou, "Near-Eastern Echoes in Iliad XVI 33–35," December 31, 2018.

Yong (Daniel) Shen, "Love and the Cosmos: Costume and Set Design for Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot," October 30, 2018.

Danila Tomassetti, "L’estasi musicale e poetica nella rappresentazione figurata Greca tra VI e V secolo A.C.," September 19, 2018.

Olga Tsoka, "The Pedagogical Use of the Linguistic Variation: An Empirical Study in a Greek High School," June 13, 2018. 

Maria Chriti, "Aristotle as a Name-giver: The Cognitive Aspect of his Theory and Practice," January 25, 2018.

Vassilis Liotsakis, "Narrative Suspense in Arrian’s Indikē: The Exotic Episodes in the Digression of ch. 29.9-31.9," January 25, 2018.

Androniki Oikonomaki, "Ἀχαιοί, Ἀργεῖοι, Δαναοί: Revisiting the system of denomination of the Greeks in the Homeric epics," January 25, 2018.

Antonios Thodis, "On the Corinthian Column at the Temple of Apollo Epikourios at Bassae," December 6, 2017.

Aldo Paolo Bottino, "Space, Time and Remembering in the Orchard of Laertes: A Cognitive Approach," October 25, 2017.

David A. Beardsley, "The Journey Back To Where You Are: Homer’s Odyssey as Spiritual Quest," April 17, 2017. 

Marco Fantuzzi, "How to Divinize a Mortal and (Try) Not to Offend the Gods: Pseudo-Euripides, Rhesus 342–387," December 26, 2016. 

Balim Barutcu, "On Poetry: A Capsule of Consciousness, Reality and History," November 20, 2016.

Nina Beguš, "A Tale from the Silk Road: A Philological Account of The Painter and the Mechanical Maiden," August 11, 2016.

Jackie Modesett, "The Transformation and Transmission of the Immediate," August 8, 2016.

Cecily Cai, "The Fall of a Family: Tracing the Aristotelian Model of Catastrophe in Dream of the Red Chamber and Buddenbrooks," July 25, 2016.

Ilana Freedman, "Re-Narrativizing the Visual: Poetic Ekphrasis in Modernist Distortion of Myth," May 11, 2016.

Aldo Paolo Bottino, "The Adverb ΑΝΔΡΑΚΑΣ and the Composition of the Odyssey," March 16, 2016.

Aldo Paolo Bottino, "The Phȃros of Laertes: Weaving the Fabric of Epic," October 7, 2015.

Vincent T. Ciaramella, "Message of Fire: An examination of the distances between the signal fires lit to announce the fall of Troy and determining if the relay system could work as found in the play Agamemnon by Aeschylus," June 15, 2015.

Vincent T. Ciaramella, "The Persistent Myth of the Existence of Homer in Mainstream History," May 7, 2015.    

Aldo Paolo Bottino, "The Trees of Laertes: an Epic Environment of Nóstos," October 28, 2014.

Tyler Flatt, "Grief and Counterfactual Parallels in Homeric Narrative," August 30, 2011.

A. S. W. Forte, "Speech from Tree and Rock: Recovery of a Bronze Age Metaphor," August 22, 2011.

Amy Koenig, "Homeric Accentuation: A Comparative Study of the Bankes Papyrus and Other Roman Papyri," August 18, 2011.

Emily Schurr, "Recreating the Creation: Reading between the Lines in the Proem of the Iliad," July 25, 2011.

Christos Strubakos, "Iliadic Lion Similies: Rethinking Heroic Greatness," July 25, 2011.

Alexis Pinchard, "Du hieros logos à la raison: vertus d'un détour par l'Inde," third edition, March 28, 2011 (second edition published October 27, 2009; first edition April 14, 2009).

Smaro Nikolaidou-Arabatzi, "Time and Space in Euripides’ Choral Odes.?The Technique of Choral Projections," September 9, 2010.

Egidia Occhipinti, "Aristotele, Teopompo e la politica macedone," June 17, 2010.

Steven M. Berry, "Vico's Homer and the "Oral Versus Written" Dilemma," May 11, 2010.

Sean Signore, "Andromache as Maenadic Warrior," April 5, 2010.

Claire Jacqmin, "Woman between the Tyrant and the Polis: the Role of Women in Tyrannical Regimes," April 5, 2010.

Sarah Lannom, "Isthmian 8: Binding, Exchange, and Politics," March 22, 2010.

Sergios Paschalis, "The Dioscuri in Pindar’s Nemean 10, Theocritus’ Idyll 22 and Ovid’s Fasti 5.693-720: Cattle, Brides, and Strife," February 18, 2010.

Guy Smoot, "A Commentary on Pindar’s Olympian Ode II," February 17, 2010.

Dan Bertoni, "Τύχη in Pindar," February 4, 2010.

Emrys Bell-Schlatter, "Pythian 1: A Brief Commentary," January 27, 2010.

Daniele Iozzia, "Ragioni e fortuna della metafora dello scolpire?in Plotino, Enn. I 6 (1) 9, 6-15," January 6, 2010.

Alexander Loney, "Victims of the Gods’ Vengeance," excerpted from Homeric Tisis: Narrative Revenge and the Poetics of Justice in the Odyssey (Ph. D. Dissertation, Duke University), September 28, 2009.

Pascale Brillet-Dubois, "Astyanax and the Athenian War Orphans. Challenging war Ideology in Euripides' Trojan Women," August 12, 2009.

Stephen Quinlan, "Running from Olympia to the Isles of the Blessed. Sacrifice, Athleticism and Cosmology in a Panhellenic Cult," August 12, 2009.

David Mirhady, "Odyssey 18.130-42: The Poem's Programmic Passage?" April 3, 2009.

Guy Smoot. "The Mitoses of Achilles." February 1, 2008.

The initial publication of images of three Homeric Manuscripts from the Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana is now online. Introduction by Christopher Blackwell, Casey Dué, Mary Ebbott, and Neel Smith. October 26, 2007.

Casey Dué and Mary Ebbott, "Oral Poetics and the Homeric Doloneia,"  July 11, 2007.

Yannick Durbec, "Callimaque Aitia Fr. 26 (Pfeiffer) et la tradition rhapsodique," August 28, 2006.

Benjamin Woodring, "Trajectories of Things: Spears, Arrows, and Agency in Ancient Greek Epic Poetry," August 28, 2006.

Sarah Shelton Hitch, King of Sacrifice: Ritual and Authority in the Iliad, Chapter 4, June 22, 2006.

Papers from the conference "Woman and Property," held in August of 2003, edited by Deborah Lyons and Raymond Westbrook:

Introduction (Deborah Lyons and Raymond Westbrook)

Annalisa Azzoni, "Women and Property in Persian Egypt and Mesopotamia."

Betsy Bryan, "Property and the God’s Wives of Amun."

Diane Harris-Cline, "Women and Sacred Property: The Evidence from Greek Inscriptions."

Cheryl Cox, "Women and Property in Ancient Athens: A Discussion of the Private Orations and Menander."

Lin Foxhall, "Female inheritance in Athenian law."

Stephen Hodkinson, "Female Property Ownership and Status in Classical and Hellenistic Sparta."

Sophie Démare-Lafont, "Inheritance Law of and through Women in the Middle Assyrian Period."

Susan Langdon, "Views of Wealth, a Wealth of Views: Grave Goods in Iron Age Attica."

Stefan Link, "'..., but not more!' Female Inheritance in Cretan Gortyn."

Deborah Lyons, "Dangerous Gifts: Ideologies of Marriage and Exchange in Ancient Greece."

Stefania Mazzoni, "Having and Showing: Women’s Possessions in the Afterlife in Iron Age" (with figures).

Naomi Steinberg, "Romancing the Widow: The Economic Distinctions between the ´almānâ, the ´iššâ-´almānâ and the ´ēšet-hammēt."

Hans van Wees, "The Invention of the Female Mind: Women, Property and Gender Ideology in Archaic Greece."

Raymond Westbrook, "Penelope’s Dowry and Odysseus’ Kingship."

Cornelia Wunsch, "Women's Property and the Law of Inheritance in the Neo-Babylonian Period."