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).
Currently, the soccer World Cup is going on: a good opportunity to write about ancient Greek sports.
An in-depth look at the good, bad, and downright ugly aspects of Zack Snyder’s movie 300, based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel.
An interesting, if perhaps not highly informative ancient object, is the so-called Alexander Sarcophagus.
Can the Homeric epics be considered historical documents to some extent? If so, for which time period can they be used?
Achilles was inconsolable after the brutal death of Patroclus. But what was the precise nature of the Greek champion’s grief?
The Homeric epics are rife with descriptions of colourful characters, including Asteropaeus, who fought with two swords.
In this book, Christopher Matthew aims to reassess existing models of hoplite warfare by adopting a more hands-on approach.
Before the rise of the Persian Empire, the kingdom of Lydia was the most powerful neighbour to the ancient Greeks.
The notion of a typical “Western” way of war, as espoused most clearly by Victor Davis Hanson, is problematic to say the least.
This edited volume offers an excellent introduction to archaeological approaches to the study of warfare.