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).
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.
Public puzzlement over an exhibit at the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden leads me to be invited to another exhibition in Amsterdam.
This is an excellent book, clearly laid out, and written in an engaging and pleasant manner, that comes warmly recommended.
Disney does Hercules, resulting in an entertaining movie that’s fun for all the family.
The sequel to Steve Moore’s first graphic novel treatment of the hero Hercules is essentially more of the same.