Matthew Lloyd’s recent article on why he studies the Greek “Dark Age” elicited comments about his use of that phrase that deserve to be dealt with briefly.
In the first Ancient World Magazine podcast Roel, Josh, and Josho discussed reasons to study the ancient world. Here are my reasons to study Early Iron Age – or “Dark Age” – Greece in particular.
The Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam features a reconstruction of a chariot found in a tomb on the island of Cyprus.
A brief look at a depiction of an armed youth on the inside of a beautiful red-figure cup from Rhodes.
A look at ancient Greek swords, with particular reference to blades from the Archaic and Classical periods.
The ancient concept of “aristocracy” was quite different from how we, in our post-medieval world, would perhaps define it.
How do the worlds created by Homer in his epic poems relate to historical and archaeological realities?
Can the Homeric epics be considered historical documents to some extent? If so, for which time period can they be used?
Fortifications such as walls and gates seem to have had an obvious defensive purpose. But how effective were they in keeping the enemy at bay?
Anthony Snodgrass associated changes in Greek fortifications over the course of the Archaic period with the rise of the polis, i.e. the “city-state”. Does that idea have merit?