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

The Egyptian sphinx

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The Egyptian sphinx

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In ancient Egypt, the sphinx was a mythical creature associated with kings, as well as divinities (in particular the sun god).

A portrait of Socrates?

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A portrait of Socrates?

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There are many portraits of the Athenian philosopher Socrates. But do these accurately reflect what he might have looked like?

Teaching Greek mythology

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Teaching Greek mythology

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Some comments inspired by a few years’ worth of experience teaching Greek mythology to broad audiences.

The world of Homer

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The world of Homer

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How do the worlds created by Homer in his epic poems relate to historical and archaeological realities?

Lions in ancient Greece

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Lions in ancient Greece

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Lions play an important part in Greek art and myth. But did these animals really exist on the European continent?

History as inspiration

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History as inspiration

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A good knowledge of history can help fuel creativity, as demonstrated by the works of renowned fiction writers.

Sports in ancient Greece

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Sports in ancient Greece

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Currently, the soccer World Cup is going on: a good opportunity to write about ancient Greek sports.

Homer and history

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Homer and history

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Can the Homeric epics be considered historical documents to some extent? If so, for which time period can they be used?