In the history of ancient Greece, the Archaic period is usually dated to between ca. 800 and 500 BC. Often, the date is extended down to around 480 BC Some authors hold that the Archaic period proper starts with the first supposedly historic event, the Olympic Games of 776 BC. Others have the Archaic period start at around 700 BC.
A statue group currently in Naples serves as the start of a brief discussion of tyranny in ancient Athens.
A brief look at a depiction of an armed youth on the inside of a beautiful red-figure cup from Rhodes.
The typical Greek word for shield was not hoplon, and the hoplite is therefore not named after it. Yet, the myth persists.
The Minotaur, a half-bull creature, is perhaps the best-known element of the myths surrounding Theseus.
A well-made graphic novel set in Classical Athens, following the adventures of the fictional Leander.
This article offers a brief look at ancient Greek swords, with particular reference to blades typical of the Archaic and Classical periods.
The British Museum has many interesting objects from Cyprus, such as this jug depicting a chariot.
The description of Achilles’ shield in the Iliad tells us much about what Homer’s views might have been on warfare and violence.
The ancient concept of “aristocracy” was quite different from how we, in our post-medieval world, would perhaps define it.
A beautiful Laconian cup depicts Arcesilaus II, the King of Cyrene, overseeing the weighing and loading of goods.