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.

Visiting Paestum

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Visiting Paestum

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An extensive look at the beautiful archaeological site and museum of Paestum in Southern Italy.

A Cypriot chariot

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A Cypriot chariot

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The British Museum has many interesting objects from Cyprus, such as this jug depicting a chariot.

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.

Ancient aristocracy

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Ancient aristocracy

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The ancient concept of “aristocracy” was quite different from how we, in our post-medieval world, would perhaps define it.

Titanic Titans?

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Titanic Titans?

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Were the ancient Greek Titans really gigantic? No, they weren’t. But let’s explore where this idea came from in the first place.

Hercules the drunk

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Hercules the drunk

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A funny statue of Hercules in an exhibition on Carthage depicts him as a drunk relieving himself.

Ryse: Son of Rome (2014)

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Ryse: Son of Rome (2014)

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A gorgeous-looking and entertaining action game that, unsurprisingly, plays fast and loose with Roman history.