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Troilus and Cressida

Troilus and Cressida

A medieval love story

In ancient stories, including Homer’s Iliad, the Trojan prince Troilus is killed at a young age by the Greek champion Achilles. In the Middle Ages, he became the lead character in a love story that paired him up with a young woman called Cressida.

Written by Josho Brouwers

Exekias and the Aithiopis

Exekias and the Aithiopis

Scenes from a lost epic on two black-figure amphoras

Following the action of the Iliad, the Trojan War continued in the Aithiopis, a lost epic in which Achilles fought and killed the Amazon Penthesileia and Memnon, king of the Ethiopians, before dying himself at the hands of the Trojan prince Paris. Two black-figure vases attributed to the potter and painter Exekias feature scenes from this epic.

Written by Matthew Lloyd

Nisus and Euryalus

Nisus and Euryalus

Poetry as philosophy

How should readers of Virgil’s Aeneid interpret the relationship between the Trojan soldiers Nisus and Euryalus? Harrison Voss argues that the pair is best understood as a depiction of the “ideal” pederastic relationship described in Plato’s Symposium.

Written by Harrison Voss

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