Articles in this category deal with texts from the ancient world, secondary literature, and modern fiction based on Antiquity.
The learned people of Renaissance Europe looked to the Classics for inspiration. They cited ancient authors in day-to-day correspondence and in their own treatises.
Tim Whitmarsh’s book challenges the modernist notion that atheism is a post-Enlightenment phenomenon and traces the ancient history of those who “battled the gods”.
Poetic fragments attributed to Archilochus of Paros show him to have been a warrior. But was he also, as is often suggested, a mercenary?
Mythos is a quirky, entertaining, and fairly superficial retelling of (some) ancient Greek myths. If you want more, you have to look elsewhere.
Different types of government use different language. A short treaty from Athens provides an example of this from the ancient world.
This book by the late Bruce Trigger offers a fascinating comparative analysis of seven early complex societies or “civilizations”.
Some material in a doctoral thesis never makes the final cut, but can instead be turned into articles. An example is a peer-reviewed article that I wrote about romantic love in the Homeric epics.
Miller’s debut novel, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2012, teases out the subtext in Achilles and Patroclus’ relationship to craft a compelling love story.
Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018) was inspired by a myriad of different world cultures. In her twentieth novel, Lavinia, she took as inspiration Virgil’s epic poem the Aeneid.
The story of the Argive youths Cleobis and Biton gives an idea of how different the ancient Greek world view was from our own.