Religion

The Homeric Hymn to Ares

Read

The Homeric Hymn to Ares

Published on

The “Homeric Hymns” are a collection of ancient Greek hymns celebrating individual gods. Let’s read Hymn 8, dedicated to Ares.

A Sibylline stone at Delphi?

Ponder

A Sibylline stone at Delphi?

Published on

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?

Roman remains in Assisi

Explore

Roman remains in Assisi

Published on

The Italian town of Assisi, famed as the birthplace of Saint Francis, has some impressive Roman remains, including a temple to Minerva.

The jumping priests of Rome

Learn

The jumping priests of Rome

Published on

A reference to the Salii as “jumping priests of Mars” leads me to wonder: who were these Roman priests and why did they jump?

The heroine Atalanta

Learn

The heroine Atalanta

Published on

In ancient Greek mythology, there is a dearth of stories centred on female heroines. An important exception is the fearless Atalanta.