The mini-series The Storyteller: Greek Myths (1990) stays mostly true to the original sources. Here, I focus on the episode that deals with the story of Perseus.
Heavy metal band Manowar turned the Iliadic conflict between Achilles and Hector into an epic, eight-part song.
Ancient generals came to appreciate the value of combined arms. But why is it a good idea to deploy a mix of different kinds of warriors?
A justifiably admired passage from the Iliad, Homer’s epic poem, emphasizes how life is short and therefore precious.
Deliberate or not, elements of Mad Max: Fury Road remind one of the story of the Trojan War. It’s primal, aggressive, and epic. (It’s also a bloody good film.)
An extensive look at the beautiful archaeological site and museum of Paestum in Southern Italy.
An ancient cobbled street at the archaeological site of Paestum in Southern Italy.
The southern slab of Tomb 12 from Andriuolo, a cemetery just beyond the north gate of Paestum. The slab depicts a boxing match and an even more violent duel between warriors. Dated to ca. 375-370 BC. Taken at the Archaeological Museum of Paestum.
The British Museum has many interesting objects from Cyprus, such as this jug depicting a chariot.
The description of Achilles’ shield in the Iliad tells us much about what Homer’s views might have been on warfare and violence.