The blinding of Polyphemus

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The blinding of Polyphemus

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A scene on an amphora from Eleusis, near Athens, is the earliest representation of the blinding of Polyphemus by Odysseus and his men.

Odysseus the jerk

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Odysseus the jerk

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While modern audiences tend to be sympathetic towards the trickster hero Odysseus, a closer look reveals him to be a terrible person.

The language of tyranny

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The language of tyranny

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Different types of government use different language. A short treaty from Athens provides an example of this from the ancient world.

The suicide of Ajax

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The suicide of Ajax

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The suicide of the hero Ajax, the result of a dispute over the ownership of Achilles’ armour, was a popular motif in Archaic Greek art.

The jumping priests of Rome

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The jumping priests of Rome

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A reference to the Salii as “jumping priests of Mars” leads me to wonder: who were these Roman priests and why did they jump?