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 dull grind of a movie whose only saving grace, the special effects provided by Ray Harryhausen, haven’t stood the test of time.
Perseus defeated a sea-monster to rescue the beautiful Andromeda, but how did he do it?
Heavy metal band Manowar turned the Iliadic conflict between Achilles and Hector into an epic, eight-part song.
Ancient generals came to appreciate the value of combined arms. But why is it a good idea to deploy a mix of different kinds of warriors?
A justifiably admired passage from the Iliad, Homer’s epic poem, emphasizes how life is short and therefore precious.
Deliberate or not, elements of Mad Max: Fury Road remind one of the story of the Trojan War. It’s primal, aggressive, and epic.
An extensive look at the beautiful archaeological site and museum of Paestum in Southern Italy.
The description of Achilles’ shield in the Iliad tells us much about what Homer’s views might have been on warfare and violence.
The so-called Archaeology by Thucydides offers the famed ancient Greek historian’s view of his people’s early history.
The ancient concept of “aristocracy” was quite different from how we, in our post-medieval world, would perhaps define it.