Literature

The Homeric Hymn to Ares

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The Homeric Hymn to Ares

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The “Homeric Hymns” are a collection of ancient Greek hymns celebrating individual gods. Let’s read Hymn 8, dedicated to Ares.

Ancient Greek heroes at play

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Ancient Greek heroes at play

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On a black-figure amphora by Exekias, the Greek heroes Achilles and Ajax are shown playing a game to while away the hours at Troy.

Ancient Greek shield blazons

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Ancient Greek shield blazons

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Greek shields from at least the later eighth century BC onwards were often decorated with abstract or figurative blazons.

The Punic Sacred Band

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The Punic Sacred Band

Clearing up confusion

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The Sacred Band of Carthage is a poorly known, yet perennially interesting, military unit. This article was written to address some problematic pieces of online content.