A statue group currently in Naples serves as the start of a brief discussion of tyranny in ancient Athens.
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 description of Achilles’ shield in the Iliad tells us much about what Homer’s views might have been on warfare and violence.
In ancient Egypt, the sphinx was a mythical creature associated with kings, as well as divinities (in particular the sun god).
A closer look at a handsome bronze figurine of a horseman from Southern Italy, currently on display at the British Museum.
In a recent lecture, I argued that the Battle of Marathon wasn’t as much of a big deal as our Greek sources would have us believe.
Opinion is sharply divided among scholars regarding the development of the hoplite phalanx in ancient Greece. Here I try to identify some of the problems and offer solutions that may help to move the study of ancient Greek warfare forward.
A closer look at Ares (known to the Romans as Mars), who wasn’t so much the god of war as he was the god of slaughter and strife.
An in-depth look at the good, bad, and downright ugly aspects of Zack Snyder’s movie 300, based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel.