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The Spartans at war

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The Spartans at war

Myth vs reality

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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.

Homeric Hymns to Dionysus

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Homeric Hymns to Dionysus

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The Homeric Hymns give us some of our earliest information about Dionysus, the ancient Greek god of wine and revelry.

Was Cleopatra beautiful?

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Was Cleopatra beautiful?

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The idea that Cleopatra, the famous last queen of ancient Egypt, owed her powerful position to her beauty persist, but why does her appearance really matter?