The Legend of Hercules (2014)

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The Legend of Hercules (2014)

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A joyless, soulless exercise in tedium with mediocre performances by way of an added “bonus”. Avoid at all costs.

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.

Sports in ancient Greece

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Sports in ancient Greece

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Currently, the soccer World Cup is going on: a good opportunity to write about ancient Greek sports.

300 (2006)

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300 (2006)

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An in-depth look at the good, bad, and downright ugly aspects of Zack Snyder’s movie 300, based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel.

The Alexander Sarcophagus

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The Alexander Sarcophagus

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An interesting, if perhaps not highly informative ancient object, is the so-called Alexander Sarcophagus.

Homer and history

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Homer and history

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Can the Homeric epics be considered historical documents to some extent? If so, for which time period can they be used?

The grief of Achilles

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The grief of Achilles

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Achilles was inconsolable after the brutal death of Patroclus. But what was the precise nature of the Greek champion’s grief?

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.

A look at Lydian warfare

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A look at Lydian warfare

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Before the rise of the Persian Empire, the kingdom of Lydia was the most powerful neighbour to the ancient Greeks.

A Western way of war?

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A Western way of war?

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The notion of a typical “Western” way of war, as espoused most clearly by Victor Davis Hanson, is problematic to say the least.