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

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.

Ares, the god of war

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Ares, the god of war

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A closer look at Ares (known to the Romans as Mars), who wasn’t so much the god of war as he was the god of slaughter and strife.

Asteropaeus

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Asteropaeus

The ambidextrous hero

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The Homeric epics are rife with descriptions of colourful characters, including Asteropaeus, who fought with two swords.