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).
Just why do all (modern) movies and TV series set in ancient times have a more or less similar look about them?
The best known type of Greek helmet is referred to as being of “Corinthian” type. But why is that?
A discussion on Wonder Woman and the importance of contributions made by the social sciences and humanities.
The new Classical department at the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden turns out to be a bit of a disappointment.
War elephants are among the most impressive assets of ancient armies, but how big were these creatures?
A statue group currently in Naples serves as the start of a brief discussion of tyranny in ancient Athens.
A brief look at a depiction of an armed youth on the inside of a beautiful red-figure cup from Rhodes.
The typical Greek word for shield was not hoplon, and the hoplite is therefore not named after it. Yet, the myth persists.
The Minotaur, a half-bull creature, is perhaps the best-known element of the myths surrounding Theseus.
An interesting modern take on the story of Theseus that, sadly, has little to do with the original tale.