A scene on an amphora from Eleusis, near Athens, is the earliest representation of the blinding of Polyphemus by Odysseus and his men.
While modern audiences tend to be sympathetic towards the trickster hero Odysseus, a closer look reveals him to be a terrible person.
The suicide of the hero Ajax, the result of a dispute over the ownership of Achilles’ armour, was a popular motif in Archaic Greek art.
In ancient Greece, serious crimes were punishable by death. What forms did the death penalty take in Classical Athens?
A beautiful fresco from Pompeii depicts a scene straight from Virgil’s Aeneid: Aeneas being treated for a leg wound.
In Greek and Roman mythology, what is the difference between satyrs, sileni, and fauns, who all possessed animal characteristics?
In this episode, Josho Brouwers chats with PhD researchers Renata Schiavo and Arianna Sacco about ancient Egypt.
An unusual coin shows the power of images as Julian the Apostate clashes with the unruly people of Antioch.
In ancient Greek mythology, there is a dearth of stories centred on female heroines. An important exception is the fearless Atalanta.
In the distant past, when Assyria still reigned supreme, two tribes of nomadic horsemen wreaked havoc across Asia. They were known as the Cimmerians and the Scythians.