The “Homeric Hymns” are a collection of ancient Greek hymns celebrating individual gods. Let’s read Hymn 8, dedicated to Ares.
On the loading screens, the game presents you with randomized “hints”, including historical tidbits. Let’s look at those for a moment.
A new exhibition about the Egyptian deities in the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden is interesting, but workmanlike.
There’s a large block of worked limestone at one end of the temple of Apollo at Delphi. What is it? What function did it serve?
Few buildings have as deep and as interesting a history as the Cathedral of Syracuse, built on the site of an ancient temple of Athena.
Tim Whitmarsh’s book challenges the modernist notion that atheism is a post-Enlightenment phenomenon and traces the ancient history of those who “battled the gods”.
The Italian town of Assisi, famed as the birthplace of Saint Francis, has some impressive Roman remains, including a temple to Minerva.
A reference to the Salii as “jumping priests of Mars” leads me to wonder: who were these Roman priests and why did they jump?
In ancient Greek mythology, there is a dearth of stories centred on female heroines. An important exception is the fearless Atalanta.
This book by the late Bruce Trigger offers a fascinating comparative analysis of seven early complex societies or “civilizations”.