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

Regulus and the Bagradas Dragon

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Regulus and the Bagradas Dragon

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When the Romans decided to invade Africa in 256 BC to bring an end to their war with Carthage, they supposedly encountered more than just Punic elephants and a cunning Spartan condottiero.

Evolution of Sumerian kingship

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Evolution of Sumerian kingship

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According to the Sumerian King List, kingship was already in the third millennium BC an ancient institution. But is this correct? Where and how did Sumerian kingship originate?

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 death penalty in Athens

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The death penalty in Athens

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In ancient Greece, serious crimes were punishable by death. What forms did the death penalty take in Classical Athens?