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 look at ancient Greek swords, with particular reference to blades from the Archaic and Classical periods.
A beautiful plaque currently in the British Museum depicts Bellerophon on Pegasus fighting the terrible Chimera.
A major contribution to the field of Greek mythology, this book comes heartily recommended.
A discussion about how studying the past is essentially subjective leads to a discussion based on a book by Michael Shanks.
An enjoyable Italian movie about Perseus, that has almost nothing to do with the original stories.
Bellerophon, a hero originally from Corinth, made a name for himself as the tamer of Pegasus and a monster-slayer.
A closer look at one of the statue groups from the Collezione Farnese, originally perhaps by Apollonius of Tralles.
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 was more than just a monster to be slain by Perseus: she has an interesting backstory of her own.
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.