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Articles in this category deal with tricky issues or with matters where there’s ample room for serious debate.

The modern Odysseus

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The modern Odysseus

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Odysseus’ performs many ill-deeds on his twenty-year journey from Ithaca to Troy and back again. In the modern world, we are often enraptured by the details of his journey, but we can also be deeply ambivalent about the complicated man himself.

Defining the ancient world

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Defining the ancient world

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The ancient world isn’t limited to Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Near East, but encompasses the entire globe.

No time like the present

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No time like the present

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It’s the end of the year. You might think the world is awful and getting worse. But that isn’t the case. In fact, it’s great and only getting better.

A note on the “Dark Age”

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A note on the “Dark Age”

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Matthew Lloyd’s recent article on why he studies the Greek “Dark Age” elicited comments about his use of that phrase that deserve to be dealt with briefly.

Why study Dark Age Greece?

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Why study Dark Age Greece?

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In the first Ancient World Magazine podcast Roel, Josh, and Josho discussed reasons to study the ancient world. Here are my reasons to study Early Iron Age – or “Dark Age” – Greece in particular.

A measured take on the Pylos Combat Agate

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A measured take on the Pylos Combat Agate

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A small agate decorated with a battle-scene, recovered from the so-called “Griffin Warrior” tomb in Pylos (Greece), has been hyped up for the wrong reasons.