In this episode of the Ancient World Magazine podcast, Dr Josho Brouwers is joined by contributing editor Dr Joshua Hall, regular contributor Dr Arianna Sacco, and special guest Dr Silvannen Gerrard to talk about chariots, from the Bronze Age down to the Roman era.
The Panathenaia was a festival organized in Athens to celebrate the city’s patron goddess, Athena. The prize for winning a competition was a large, black-figure amphora filled with olive oil.
Shortly before the Persian Wars, the ancient Greeks developed a new ritual, known as the sphagia, in which a male sacrificial animal would be killed shortly before the start of a battle.
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.