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.
Learn more about the beliefs of the ancient Egyptians in this interview with Kasia Szpakowska of the Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project.
An examination of some early Greek texts suggests that the term epikouros requires a more complex definition than just “mercenary”.
Ancient heroes and divinities, like Heracles, are recognizable by their physical appearance and, especially, their attributes.
In classical architecture, we recognize five orders: Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, and composite. What is this classification based on?
The Etruscans were reputed to be tenacious pirates. Is this reputation deserved? The answer requires a look at the ancient sources.