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

Size of war elephants

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Size of war elephants

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War elephants are among the most impressive assets of ancient armies, but how big were these creatures?

The hoplite's "hoplon"

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The hoplite's "hoplon"

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The typical Greek word for shield was not hoplon, and the hoplite is therefore not named after it. Yet, the myth persists.

The Minotaur

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The Minotaur

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The Minotaur, a half-bull creature, is perhaps the best-known element of the myths surrounding Theseus.

Swords in ancient Greece

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Swords in ancient Greece

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A look at ancient Greek swords, with particular reference to blades from the Archaic and Classical periods.

Bellerophon

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Bellerophon

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Bellerophon, a hero originally from Corinth, made a name for himself as the tamer of Pegasus and a monster-slayer.

The gorgon Medusa

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The gorgon Medusa

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The gorgon Medusa was more than just a monster to be slain by Perseus: she has an interesting backstory of her own.

Ancient aristocracy

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Ancient aristocracy

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The ancient concept of “aristocracy” was quite different from how we, in our post-medieval world, would perhaps define it.