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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?

Wine culture in the Hellenistic Mediterranean

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Wine culture in the Hellenistic Mediterranean

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What is true now was true in antiquity, too: wine is always good business. Tracing Mediterranean wine culture, this article focuses especially on the last three centuries BC.

Ancient Greek shield blazons

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Ancient Greek shield blazons

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Greek shields from at least the later eighth century BC onwards were often decorated with abstract or figurative blazons.

Amastris

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Amastris

The first Hellenistic queen

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The little known wife of the Successor King Lysimachus, Amastris, is arguably the first true Hellenistic queen as she embodies the entanglement of Persian and Greco-Macedonian traditions.

The Punic Sacred Band

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The Punic Sacred Band

Clearing up confusion

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The Sacred Band of Carthage is a poorly known, yet perennially interesting, military unit. This article was written to address some problematic pieces of online content.