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Exekias and the Aithiopis

Exekias and the Aithiopis

Scenes from a lost epic on two black-figure amphoras

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.

Written by Matthew Lloyd

Trial of Socrates

Trial of Socrates

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?

Written by Lauren E. Dorsey

A rich Athenian woman and child

A rich Athenian woman and child

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.

Written by Matthew Lloyd

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