The ancient Greek symposium was a drinking party in which the participants engaged in a number of activities. In this article, Daniel Woon focuses on cultural aspects of the symposium.
Following the action of the Iliad, the Trojan War continued in the Aithiopis, a lost epic in which Achilles fought and killed the Amazon Penthesileia and Memnon, king of the Ethiopians, before dying himself at the hands of the Trojan prince Paris. Two black-figure vases attributed to the potter and painter Exekias feature scenes from this epic.
A pair of statues found at Merenda (ancient Myrrhinous) in Attica, buried together in ancient times and excavated in the 1970s, illustrate the differences between the cultural ideals relating to elite boys and girls in sixth-century-BCE Attica.
A funerary krater from the Geometric Dipylon cemetery in Athens includes a battle scene with some interesting and unusual features, suggesting a story of weapons and women captured through a raid.
What does it mean to be ruled by the “best” and how can an ideal system of government go wrong? Eugenia Russell discusses the intricacies of Aristotle’s model of political power.
What really went on at ancient Greek house parties? In this article, Daniel Woon explores what people gained in a personal sense from attending a symposium, with an emphasis on Athenian sources.
In 399 BC, the philosopher Socrates was sentenced to die by drinking hemlock. But why did the Athenians decide to punish the famed philosopher so severely?
A spectacular cremation burial of a woman and a foetus on the Areopagus of Athens has prompted much speculation about Early Iron Age Athenian society and the role of women and children within it.
In Greek and Roman mythology, what is the difference between satyrs, sileni, and fauns, who all possessed animal characteristics?
The inside from a cup currently in the British Museum depicts Hades and his wife Persephone enjoying a drink together.