December 2017

No time like the present

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No time like the present

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It’s the end of the year. You might think the world is awful and getting worse. But that isn’t the case. In fact, it’s great and only getting better.

Odysseys in space

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Odysseys in space

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A cornerstone of world literature, the main idea behind Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey has been recycled as the basis for a few science-fiction TV shows.

Ancient science fiction

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Ancient science fiction

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The Verae Historiae (“True Histories”) by Lucian of Samosata is widely considered the world’s oldest known work of science fiction.

Colours of the ancient world

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Colours of the ancient world

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Modern museums more and more emphasize the fact that the statues of the ancient world were originally painted in vivid colours.

An accidental centaur?

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An accidental centaur?

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Most of the Late Geometric Greek vases in the popular consciousness are precise and finely decorated. But sometimes, even Greek vase painters made mistakes.

Inside the Red Pyramid at Dashur

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Inside the Red Pyramid at Dashur

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The Red Pyramid is one of the pyramids constructed by King Sneferu (ca. 2600 BC), located at Dashur. In ancient times, Dashur was the location of an ancient necropolis.

Caracalla's scowl

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Caracalla's scowl

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With the death of Commodus in AD 192, a new family, the Severans, came to rule the Roman Empire. One of them was Caracalla. Looking at his portraits, one has to ask: why the angry face?

A note on the “Dark Age”

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A note on the “Dark Age”

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Matthew Lloyd’s recent article on why he studies the Greek “Dark Age” elicited comments about his use of that phrase that deserve to be dealt with briefly.

The ancient Greek hoplite

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The ancient Greek hoplite

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Roel Konijnendijk, Joshua Hall, Matthew Lloyd, Owen Rees, and Josho Brouwers talk about the ancient Greek hoplite.