A jug made in Corinth but unearthed in an Etruscan tomb features an image that has been widely interpreted as representing hoplites fighting in phalanx formation. But a closer examination of this artefact casts serious doubts on this view.
One of the longest extant ancient Greek inscriptions is found in Gortyn, an ancient city in Crete. The text was inscribed in the fifth century BC, but some scholars purport that parts of it are reflective of an earlier era.
A naval battle off the Italiote Greek city of Cumae in 474 BC resonated across the Mediterranean. Not necessarily for its importance, but because the victor used it as a key element in his propaganda campaign.
In order to build an accurate narrative of the past and present, archaeologists and classicists must study the experience of people with disabilities in the ancient world.
Christopher Pelling shares the fruits of a lifetime of research on the Father of History. His epic tome asks many questions but offers no simple answers.
This edition of the Batrachomyomachia (“Battle of the Frogs and Mice”) edited and translated by Joel Christensen and Erik Robinson, and published by Bloomsbury, is nothing short of exemplary.
Militaristic, middle-aged men of ancient Rome may not be the first resource one thinks of for insight on authenticity. However, a poem in Horace’s Satires, or Sermones in Latin, provides a refreshing, bold take on friendship and life that has come to serve as a motto in my own approach to relationships.
Thriving for centuries, the Phoenician settlement of Motya met its demise in a sudden attack by Dionysius I of Syracuse. This is an example of a fast-moving and well-organized campaign, as well as the fragility of ancient cities.
An Attic red-figure vase of the early fourth century BC depicts the death of Talos, the bronze guardian of the island of Crete.
War drives society to the limits of civility. This is beautifully illustrated in a surviving fragment of the Annals of Ennius.