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).
Some comments inspired by a few years’ worth of experience teaching Greek mythology to broad audiences.
An archaeological museum shouldn’t be about the past; it should be about archaeology as a discipline.
How do the worlds created by Homer in his epic poems relate to historical and archaeological realities?
If you have everything, are you not the happiest person alive? According to Herodotus, the Athenian statesman and poet Solon disagreed.
Ancient Inventions offers a broad and fascinating look at human ingenuity across thousands of years of history.
An action-adventure game that takes inspiration from ancient Greek vase-painting to establish its unique look.
A closer look at a handsome bronze figurine of a horseman from Southern Italy, now at the British Museum.
A quick look at a number of ancient, marble statues belonging to a collection once owned by Elisabetta Farnese.
Lions play an important part in Greek art and myth. But did these animals really exist on the European continent?
In a recent lecture, I argued that the Battle of Marathon wasn’t as much of a big deal as our Greek sources would have us believe.