Lions play an important part in Greek art and myth. But did these animals really exist on the European continent?
The earliest known text about one of Heracles’ adventures is the so-called Shield of Heracles, attributed to Hesiod.
A closer look at Ares (known to the Romans as Mars), who wasn’t so much the god of war as he was the god of slaughter and strife.
The Homeric epics are rife with descriptions of colourful characters, including Asteropaeus, who fought with two swords.