Can the Homeric epics be considered historical documents to some extent? If so, for which time period can they be used?
Achilles was inconsolable after the brutal death of Patroclus. But what was the precise nature of the Greek champion’s grief?
The Homeric epics are rife with descriptions of colourful characters, including Asteropaeus, who fought with two swords.
Before the rise of the Persian Empire, the kingdom of Lydia was the most powerful neighbour to the ancient Greeks.
The notion of a typical “Western” way of war, as espoused most clearly by Victor Davis Hanson, is problematic to say the least.
Fortifications seem to have had an obvious defensive purpose. But how effective were they in keeping the enemy at bay?
Anthony Snodgrass associated changes in fortifications with the rise of the so-called polis. Does that idea have merit?
Inspired by my postdoctoral research, I wonder whether walls were constructed primarily out of fear of attack.