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Articles in this category deal with specific topics. Some articles are in-depth commentaries on particular subjects.

Odysseus the jerk

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Odysseus the jerk

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While modern audiences tend to be sympathetic towards the trickster hero Odysseus, a closer look reveals him to be a terrible person.

The suicide of Ajax

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The suicide of Ajax

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The suicide of the hero Ajax, the result of a dispute over the ownership of Achilles’ armour, was a popular motif in Archaic Greek art.

The jumping priests of Rome

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The jumping priests of Rome

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A reference to the Salii as “jumping priests of Mars” leads me to wonder: who were these Roman priests and why did they jump?

The heroine Atalanta

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The heroine Atalanta

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In ancient Greek mythology, there is a dearth of stories centred on female heroines. An important exception is the fearless Atalanta.

The dead are many

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The dead are many

A polyandrion from Paros

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In the 1980s, excavations in Paroikia, the capital of the Cycladic island Paros, revealed the mass cremation burial of dozens of young men. It is believed to be the earliest Greek polyandrion, a grave for war dead.