Ancient Greece

In the ancient world, the Greek world encompassed a far larger area than that currently occupied by the modern country of Greece. In the first half of the first millennium BC, they spread to the western coast of Asia Minor, Southern Italy, Sicily, Spain, southern France, and the coast of the Black Sea. By the fourth century BC, the Athenian philosopher Plato was able to state that the Greeks had spread around the Mediterranean Sea “like frogs around a pond” (Phaedo 109b).

A measured take on the Pylos Combat Agate

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A measured take on the Pylos Combat Agate

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A small agate decorated with a battle-scene, recovered from the so-called “Griffin Warrior” tomb in Pylos (Greece), has been hyped up for the wrong reasons.

Wretched Cassandra

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Wretched Cassandra

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Of all the tragic figures in the story of the Trojan War, perhaps none has suffered more than poor Cassandra.

The splendours of Rhodes

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The splendours of Rhodes

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The island of Rhodes is rich in history, with a variety of museums, art galleries, and archaeological sites to visit.

A fish plate from Paestum

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A fish plate from Paestum

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From the museum at Paestum in Southern Italy comes this red-figure “fish plate”. But what is it exactly?

Fight for Olympus (2016)

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Fight for Olympus (2016)

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A fun two-player card game that is quick to setup and play, with a Greek mythological theme packed with references to the Homeric epics.

A warrior on a red-figure cup

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A warrior on a red-figure cup

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The collection of the Allard Pierson Museum includes this beautiful red-figure cup with a picture of a warrior.

Achilles and the tortoise

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Achilles and the tortoise

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One of the paradoxes of the philosopher Zeno argues that Achilles can never catch up to a tortoise if the latter is given a head start.