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.
From the Bronze Age citadel of Mycenae comes a plaster head of a figure with a penetrating gaze, white skin, and red rosettes on the forehead, cheeks, and chin. Who or what does this figure represent?
Once, the demigod Hercules (Herakles) travelled to Troy and killed a sea-monster for the city’s king, Laomedon. When Laomedon refused to pay the hero for his services, things took a dramatic turn.
Shortly after he had overthrown the Titans, Zeus was challenged by a monstrous creature: Typhon. The offspring of Gaia and Tartaros, Typhon was a monster with reptilian characteristics and the ability to breathe fire.
The ancient Greek hero Hercules (or Herakles) might seem to have survived all of his encounters unscathed. However, one source suggests that his victory over the Nemean Lion came at a cost.
Images of the head of Medusa, the mythical gorgon beheaded by Perseus, were used throughout the Classical world as a symbol of power and protection. In this article, Adam Parker explores her presence in Roman Britain, at the edge of the Roman Empire.
A Middle-English poem takes the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, gives it a contemporary, medieval setting, makes Orpheus a chivalrous king, and provides the story with a surprisingly happy ending.
A Greek hydria in the Manchester Museum portrays a wrestling match between the hero Atalanta and Peleus, father of Achilles. Owen Rees explores the scene in greater detail.
A pair of statues found at Merenda (ancient Myrrhinous) in Attica, buried together in ancient times and excavated in the 1970s, illustrate the differences between the cultural ideals relating to elite boys and girls in sixth-century-BCE Attica.
According to the Prose Edda, attributed to the Icelandic scholar Snorri Sturluson (1179-1241), the Norse gods were foreigners. They had made the trek northwards and westwards from their original home in Anatolia: the ancient city of Troy.