Many people believe that the ancient Greeks used, among other things, armour that was made of layers of linen cloth glued together. But there is no ancient text linking linen armour and glue. No other culture made armour this way. So where does this idea come from?
A Greek hydria in the Manchester Museum portrays a wrestling match between the hero Atalanta and Peleus, father of Achilles. Owen Rees explores the scene in greater detail.
Assassin’s Creed: Origins is a game developed and published by Ubisoft that is set in Ptolemaic Egypt around the time of Cleopatra’s accession to the throne, with the player controlling Bayek of Siwa.
The ancient Greeks had very strong views on tattoos, but that did not stop them from trying to understand other tattoo cultures. Their relationship with tattooing was affected by their interaction with these other societies.
To the Greeks, a tattoo was a mark of disgrace and enslavement. Their word for it, stigma, today embodies this disdain and has certainly influenced European social views on tattooing for many centuries.
A Greek krater in the Allard Pierson in Amsterdam depicts the death of Orpheus by a group of heavily tattooed Thracian women.
A kalos cup currently on display at the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes depicts a youth flattening the ground at the palaestra, an area set aside for wrestling, boxing, and other athletic activities.
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.
Like Rick Riordan’s books for kids, the Broadway musical Hadestown has recaptured the power of Greek mythology for adults. The longevity of myth is shown through the strength of the romantic relationships between Orpheus and Eurydice, and Hades and Persephone.
Someone on Reddit’s AskHistorians wondered if bows were unpopular in ancient Greece. An uncritical reading of the ancient sources might, at first glance, suggests that this was indeed the case, but nothing could be further from the truth.