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Articles in this category deal with texts from the ancient world, secondary literature, and modern fiction based on Antiquity.

Boccaccio and the Golden Ass

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Boccaccio and the Golden Ass

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Stories from antiquity have inspired later writers for many hundreds of years. For one of the hundred tales in the Decameron, Boccaccio looked to the ancient novelist Apuleius for inspiration.

The Homeric Hymn to Ares

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The Homeric Hymn to Ares

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The “Homeric Hymns” are a collection of ancient Greek hymns celebrating individual gods. Let’s read Hymn 8, dedicated to Ares.

Archilochus

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Archilochus

A poet and a mercenary?

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Poetic fragments attributed to Archilochus of Paros show him to have been a warrior. But was he also, as is often suggested, a mercenary?