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).

Wrath of the Titans (2012)

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Wrath of the Titans (2012)

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A sequel that is better in almost every way to the original, even if it has little to do with the original Perseus myth.

The gorgon Medusa

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The gorgon Medusa

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The gorgon Medusa was more than just a monster to be slain by Perseus: she has an interesting backstory of her own.

Clash of the Titans (2010)

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A remake of an awful movie that had nowhere to go but up. The end result is a bit of a mess, but largely entertaining anyway.

Clash of the Titans (1981)

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Clash of the Titans (1981)

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A dull grind of a movie whose only saving grace, the special effects provided by Ray Harryhausen, haven’t stood the test of time.

Heavy metal Iliad

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Heavy metal Iliad

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Heavy metal band Manowar turned the Iliadic conflict between Achilles and Hector into an epic, eight-part song.

The generation of leaves

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The generation of leaves

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A justifiably admired passage from the Iliad, Homer’s epic poem, emphasizes how life is short and therefore precious.