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).

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.

Visiting Paestum

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Visiting Paestum

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An extensive look at the beautiful archaeological site and museum of Paestum in Southern Italy.

The shield of Achilles

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The shield of Achilles

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The description of Achilles’ shield in the Iliad tells us much about what Homer’s views might have been on warfare and violence.

Ancient aristocracy

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Ancient aristocracy

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The ancient concept of “aristocracy” was quite different from how we, in our post-medieval world, would perhaps define it.