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

The past and the personal

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The past and the personal

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A discussion about how studying the past is essentially subjective leads to a discussion based on a book by Michael Shanks.

The generation of leaves

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The generation of leaves

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A justifiably admired passage from the Iliad, Homer’s epic poem, emphasizes how life is short and therefore precious.

The shield of Achilles

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The shield of Achilles

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The description of Achilles’ shield in the Iliad tells us much about what Homer’s views might have been on warfare and violence.

The happiness of King Croesus

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The happiness of King Croesus

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If you have everything, are you not the happiest person alive? According to Herodotus, the Athenian statesman and poet Solon disagreed.

Ancient Inventions (1994)

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Ancient Inventions (1994)

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Ancient Inventions offers a broad and fascinating look at human ingenuity across thousands of years of history.

The shield of Heracles

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The shield of Heracles

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The earliest known text about one of Heracles’ adventures is the so-called Shield of Heracles, attributed to Hesiod.