Francis Cairns Publications


The Collected Classical Papers of E.K. Borthwick

Edited by Calum Maciver

CCP 4. ISBN 978-0-905205-57-1 (hardback). xvi+446 pp.

Published on 1 January, 2015

AExemplum and Myth, jacket frontncient music and Greek drama were the main focuses of E. Kerr Borthwick’s  academic output, and he had a particular flair for pinpointing, elucidating, and solving textual difficulties. But his interests ranged much further, as the works collected in this volume demonstrate; and his papers intrigue and entertain where a less lively pen might have made the points at issue seem dry and abstruse. Taken together, his articles constitute a stellar example of what a classicist with professional training as a philologist, an enquiring mind, an exact eye for detail, and the ability to communicate enthusiasm, can achieve in a life’s work.

The volume opens with Professor Borthwick’s inaugural lecture on Homer, ‘Odyssean Elements in the Iliad’ (Edinburgh, 1983). The editor, Dr. Calum Maciver, has then arranged Borthwick’s 63 scholarly articles, published between 1959 and 2003, thematically under six headings: Ancient Music, The Pyrrhic Dance, Drama, Zoologica, Ancient Sport, Miscellanea. The volume includes a consolidated bibliography of all works cited, a general index, an index of Greek Words, and an index locorum.

Professor E. Kerr Borthwick (1925–2008) studied Classics at Aberdeen University and at Christ’s College Cambridge before being appointed Lecturer, first at the University of Leeds and then, in 1955, at Edinburgh University, where he remained for the rest of his career. He headed the Greek Department at Edinburgh from 1980 until his retirement in 1989 and was appointed to a Personal Chair in Greek in 1983.

Dr. Calum Maciver is lecturer in Classics at the University of Edinburgh. His main field of study is Imperial Greek literature, especially epic poetry, on which he has published a number of articles. He is author of Quintus Smyrnaeus’ Posthomerica: Engaging Homer in Late Antiquity (Leiden: 2012), and co-editor of The Greeks and Their Pasts in the Archaic and Classical Ages (Edinburgh: 2012).


Foreword: Prof. E. Kerr Borthwick (1925–2008)

List of Articles

Preface and Acknowledgements

Inaugural Lecture: Odyssean Elements in the Iliad


1. Κατάληψις – a Neglected Technical Term in Greek Music

2. The Oxyrhynchus Musical Monody and some Ancient Fertility Superstitions

3. Suetonius’ Nero and a Pindaric Scholium

4. Some Problems in Musical Terminology

5. Text and Interpretation of Philebus 56a

6. Notes on the Plutarch De Musica and the Cheiron of Pherecrates

7. ‘Music While You Work’ in Philodemus De Musica


8. Trojan Leap and Pyrrhic Dance in Euripides’ Andromache 1129–41

9 The Dances of Philocleon and the Sons of Carcinus in Aristophanes’ Wasps

10. Two Notes on Athena as Protectress

11. P. Oxy. 2738: Athena and the Pyrrhic Dance


12. Three Notes on Euripides’ Bacchae

13. Two Unnoticed Euripides Fragments?

14. Two Scenes of Combat in Euripides

15. Two Notes on the Birds of Aristophanes

16. Three Notes on the Acharnians

17. Cleon and the Spartiates in Aristophanes’ Knights

18. Aristophanes Acharnians 709: An Old Crux, and a New Solution

19. Aristophanes, Clouds 1371

20. A Phyllobolia in Aristophanes’ Clouds?

21. Observations on the Opening Scene of Aristophanes’ Wasps

22. Autolekythos and Lekythion in Demosthenes and Aristophanes

23. Euripides Erotodidaskalos? A Note on Aristophanes Frogs 957

24. Aeschylus vs. Euripides: A Textual Problem at Frogs 818–19

25. Aristophanes and the Trial of Thucydides Son of Melesias (Acharnians 717)

26. New Interpretations of Aristophanes Frogs 1249–1328


27. A Grasshopper’s Diet – Notes on an Epigram of Meleager and a Fragment of Eubulus

28. A ‘Femme Fatale’ in Asclepiades

29. Two Textual Problems in Euripides’ Antiope Fr. 188

30. Limed Reeds in Theocritus, Aristophanes, and Propertius

31. Seeing Weasels: The Superstitious Background of the Empusa Scene in the Frogs

32. Beetle, Bell, Goldfinch in Aristophanes’ Peace

33. Lucretius’ Elephant Wall

34. The ‘Flower of the Argives’ and a Neglected Meaning of Ἄνθος

35. Zoologica Pindarica

36. Starting a Hare: A Note on Machon, Fr. 15 (Gow)

37. Odysseus and the Return of the Swallow

38. Bee Imagery in Plutarch

39. Bees and Drones in Aristophanes, Aelian and Euripides


40. The Gymnasium of Bromius – a Note on Dionysius Chalcus, Fr. 3

41. A Note on Boxing Gloves

42. Death of a Fighting Cock

43. The Cynic and the Statue


44. Two Emendations in Alciphron

45. Notes on “The Superstitious Man” of Theophrastus

46. An Emendation in Hesychius

47. An Allusion to Sophron in [Lucian]?

48. Meleager’s Lament: A Note on Anth. Pal. 5.166

49. Fire Imagery in Two Poems in the Anthology

50. The Verb Aὔω and its Compounds

51. Emendations and Interpretations in the Greek Anthology

52. Dio Chrysostom on the Mob at Alexandria

53. Nicetes the Rhetorician and Vergil’s ‘Plena Deo’

54. The Scene on the Panagjurischte Amphora: A New Solution

55. A Note on Some Unusual Greek Words for Eyes

56. Aristophanes and Agathon: A Contrast in Hair Styles

57. Φυλάσσω or Λαφύσσω? A Note on Two Emendations

58. Ἱστροτριβής: An Addendum

59. Two Emotional Climaxes in Lysias’ Against Eratosthenes

60. ‘The Wise Man and the Bow’ in Aristides Quintilianus

61. A ‘Not Too Severe’ Epigram of Gaetulicus

62. A Rare Meaning of the Verb Τέμνω

63. Socrates, Socratics, and the Word Βλεπεδαίμων

Works Cited

General Index; Index of Greek Words; Index Locorum