Articles in this category deal with specific topics. Some articles are in-depth commentaries on particular subjects.
An examination of some early Greek texts suggests that the term epikouros requires a more complex definition than just “mercenary”.
Ancient heroes and divinities, like Heracles, are recognizable by their physical appearance and, especially, their attributes.
In classical architecture, we recognize five orders: Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, and composite. What is this classification based on?
A round shield, with a double grip, swept the Mediterranean by storm. But why did this happen?
The Etruscans were reputed to be tenacious pirates. Is this reputation deserved? The answer requires a look at the ancient sources.
Did the ancient Greeks name their ships? The answer to that is yes. And with rare exception, the ships were given female names.
For many people, Athena is an icon for strong women. But she also has a dark side, as shown in an encounter with Aphrodite.
The stories of the ancient Greeks are a mess, as this look at (the various people called) Pallas demonstrates. We should embrace the chaos.
Were the Spartans really so great in war? What are the roots of their image as invincible super-soldiers? A deep dive into their history and institutions shows that there is some truth, but also a great deal of distortion.
The last king of Egypt’s New Kingdom managed to stave off threats from without before being brought down by a conspiracy from within.