One cannot examine the Athenian scoundrel Alcibiades without providing a potted history of the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC).
The little known wife of the Successor King Lysimachus, Amastris, is arguably the first true Hellenistic queen as she embodies the entanglement of Persian and Greco-Macedonian traditions.
From Pompeii comes one of the masterpieces of the ancient world: a mosaic depicting Alexander’s forces defeating those of King Darius III.
In this article, we look at another example of the topos of Persian leaders ignoring a (non-Persian) adviser, only to be proven wrong in not heeding their council.
Don’t believe everything you read! That’s true for both ancient and modern texts. Here, we examine Herodotus’ take on queen Artemisia.
Following on from yesterday, we continue our foray into the world of Prince of Persia and discuss the two most recent entries in the series.
The Prince of Persia series of games mixes medieval Persian story elements with older traditions, befitting a fairy-tale atmosphere.
In a recent lecture, I argued that the Battle of Marathon wasn’t as much of a big deal as our Greek sources would have us believe.
An in-depth look at the good, bad, and downright ugly aspects of Zack Snyder’s movie 300, based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel.
Before the rise of the Persian Empire, the kingdom of Lydia was the most powerful neighbour to the ancient Greeks.