Dialogues | Justice, Palm Trees, and the Transition to Prose

In this episode, Gregory Nagy and Keith Stone respond to comments and questions from the community about the relationships between:

  • poetry and prose,
  • Homeric and Hesiodic traditions,
  • justice and vegetal images

In particular they discuss an Attic red-figure column-krater (c. 450 BCE) that features Apollo, Artemis, and a sacred palm tree.

Image: (from left to right) Artemis holding an oinochoe; Apollo holding a laurel branch and a phiale, about to pour a libation on the altar left; the personification of the Delos island on which the scene takes place (see the palm-tree). Attic red-figure column-krater, c. 450 BCE, National Archaeological Museum of Spain.

Photo by Marie-Lan Nguyen (User:Jastrow), 2008-05-02 [CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Apollo_Artemis_Delos_MAN.jpg

To see previous Dialogues and other videos on ancient Greek literature and art, visit the Center for Hellenic Studies YouTube channel.