Located not far from Naples are the impressive remains of the villa that once belonged to Nero’s wife, Poppaea Sabina.
How do the worlds created by Homer in his epic poems relate to historical and archaeological realities? Do they relate to any particular periods of history at all?
An interesting, if perhaps not highly informative ancient object, is the so-called Alexander Sarcophagus.
Can the Homeric epics be considered historical documents to some extent? If so, for which time period can they be used?
Before the rise of the Persian Empire, the kingdom of Lydia was the most powerful neighbour to the ancient Greeks.
The notion of a typical “Western” way of war, as espoused most clearly by Victor Davis Hanson, is problematic to say the least.
This edited volume offers an excellent introduction to archaeological approaches to the study of warfare.
What is it that makes warfare in the ancient world such a fascinating and rewarding subject of study?