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).

The movie Troy (2004)

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The movie Troy (2004)

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Roel Konijnendijk, Matthew Lloyd, and Josho Brouwers talk about the sword-and-sandal film Troy (2004), directed by Wolfgang Petersen.

Cleobis and Biton

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Cleobis and Biton

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The story of the Argive youths Cleobis and Biton gives an idea of how different the ancient Greek world view was from our own.

Odysseys in space

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Odysseys in space

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A cornerstone of world literature, the main idea behind Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey has been recycled as the basis for a few science-fiction TV shows.

Ancient science fiction

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Ancient science fiction

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The Verae Historiae (“True Histories”) by Lucian of Samosata is widely considered the world’s oldest known work of science fiction.

Colours of the ancient world

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Colours of the ancient world

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Modern museums more and more emphasize the fact that the statues of the ancient world were originally painted in vivid colours.