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

The aspis

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The aspis

A global shield

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A round shield, with a double grip, swept the Mediterranean by storm. But why did this happen?

Names of ancient Greek ships

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Names of ancient Greek ships

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Did the ancient Greeks name their ships? The answer to that is yes. And with rare exception, the ships were given female names.

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.