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Melita Classica Volume 7

1. Speeches and Military Leadership in Xenophon’s Anabasis and Cyropaedia

2. Friends in High (and Low) Places? The Allobroges and the Politics of Patronage and Provincial Society in the Late Roman Republic

3. The Christians and their Social Status in Gothia in the 4th century

4. The Unexpected Evolution of the Fearful Lion’s Image

5. He Alone in Homer and Vergil’s Aeneid

6. The Relationship of Blood, Intelligence and Delirium: Persepctives in the Hippocratic Treatises

7. Remember me Thus: a Study of Latin Epitaphs of Mime Actresses

8. Sappho in the Greek Comedy: Mocked or Mocking?

9. [Note] Lampas, the Island of Comino

Melita Classica Volume 6

1. Golden Age Roman Land Surveying

2. The ‘Lost’ 1751/52 and 1752/3 Collegio Romano Lectures of Carolo Benvenuti SJ

3. From Skyros to Paris

Melita Classica Volume 5

1. Fr Albert M. Grech O.P. (1883-1942): A Latin-to-Maltese literary and religious translator

2. Maltese Productions of Classical Theatre in the Post-WWII Period

3. Katullus, Poeżija Nu. 3

4. Crime and Punishment: Achilles in Homer’s Iliad

5. Theseus in Modern Culture: The Labyrinth of Inception

6. Poetic Imagery Leaves and the Solemn Oath of Achilles

7. Pain and Pleasure: Oration delivered at the 2018 Graduation Ceremony

8. Il-Bolla Kolleġġjata tal-Għarb: Oration delivered at Prof. Vella’s 2018 Book Launch


Melita Classica Volume 4

1. A friend in high places: Demetrios, son of Diodotos, the Syracusan. A. Bonanno. MC 4 (2017) 11-58

2. A Lemmatic Commentary of Aeschylus, Agamemnon. J. R. Gatt. MC 4 (2017) 59-88

3. On the Latin introduction to Caxaro’s Catilena. V. Bonnici. MC 4 (2017) 89-122

4. “Hopeful that Aeschylus will not turn in his grave!”. C. Serracino. MC 4 (2017) 123-131

5. Sound, word and meaning: Sanskrit and the Classics. M. Zammit. MC 4 (2017) 132-142

Melita Classica Volume 3

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1. Sanskrit, The Philosophy. M. Zammit. MC 3 (2016) 23-32

2. The Role of Slaves in Roman Land Surveying. L. Takacs. MC 3 (2016) 33-44

3. Themistocles as a trickster in Herodotus. N. Juchneviciene. MC 3 (2016) 45-62

4. Drawing Distinctions in the Laches., the Elenchus as search. J. Gatt. MC 3 (2016) 63-84

5. Aristotle on History. V. Paparinska. MC 3 (2016) 85-100

6. OChanged Forms, Migrating Identities: Ovid’s Metamorphoses and the Posthuman G. Lauri-Lucente. MC 3 (2016) 101-116

7. the Appropriation of the Classical Pastoral Elegy in Milton’s Lycidas, and Beyond. P. Vassallo. MC 3 (2016) 117-124

8. Ferrying Nothingness. The Charon motif in Murnau’s Nosferatu and Dreyer’s Vampyr. S. Catania. MC (2016) 125-140

9. Byzantine Greek on Maltese soil. Evidence from Tristia ex Melitogaudo. J. Blomqvist. MC 3 (2016) 141-168

10. Ovid on Gozo. Metamorphoses as a source for the Tristia ex Melitogaudo. S. J. Harrison. MC 3 (2016) 169-178

11. The Arabs in Malta. 870-1150. S. Fiorini and M.R. Zammit. MC (2016) 179-208

12. Duriba bi-Malta. Minted in Malta. deciphering the Kufic legend on the Fatimid quarter dinar. M.R. Zammit. MC 3 (2016) 209-216

13. Through Western Eyes. Greek and Latin Sources for Byzantine-Iranian Relations. D. Frendo. MC 3 (2016) 217-242

14. The Cult of Hercules in Roman Malta. A discussion of the Evidence. A. Bonanno. MC 3 (2016) 243-264

15. Magnis nota triumphis insula. Malta in the Liladamus of Jacques Mayre (1685). H. Hofmann. MC 3 (2016) 265-284

16. The First Performance of a Greek Play in the Island’s History. Classical drama in Malta in the late 1940s. C. Serracino. MC 3 (2016) 285-304

Melita Classica Volume 2

1. Notes on the Text of Juvenal. S.J. Harrison. MC 2 (2015) 9-16

2. The Serpent, the Moon, the Underworld. H.C.R. Vella. MC 2 (2015) 17-36

3. Economic Strategies of a Roman Landowner. L. Takacs. MC 2 (2015) 37-52

4. Truth Vindicated, Tristia ex Melitogaudo. S. Fiorini and H.C.R. Vella. MC 2 (2015) 53-72

5. Comparing History and Tragedy. N. Juchneviciene. MC 2 (2015) 73-98

6. Grandmothers in Roman Antiquity. C. Laes. MC 2 (2015) 99-114

7. Reflections on the Literary Sources on Byzantine Malta. B. Vella. MC 2 (2015) 115-120

8. Dissertations in Classics

9. Book reviews

10. The Social Status of Roman Land Surveyors

11. Pharmaceutical Latin

12. Greek Civilization as seen in its Literature

Melita Classics Volume 1

1. The Archaeology of Petronius, Engaging a Social Science with Lieterature. A. Bonanno. MC 1 (2014) 9-30

2. Myths-Some Greek and Oriental Types. H.C.R. Vella. MC 1 (2014) 31-38

3. Atticism and Attic Vernacular in second-Century Athens. J. Blomqvist. MC 1 (2014) 39-56

4. Descent into Hades, Orpheus, Odysseus and Aeneas. P. Vassallo. MC 1 (2014) 57-68

5. The MUTAT TERRA VICES Inscription. V. Bonnici. MC 1 (2014) 69-112

6. Book Reviews MC 1 (2014) 113-120

7. Il-Viżta Pastorali ta’ Mons. Dusina

8. Properzju-Elegiji

9. Thesis Dissertations