Ancient Greece

“Greece” covers both the Bronze Age Aegean, with the Cycladic, Minoan, Helladic, and Mycenaen cultures, as well as the Greek world of the first millennium BC, when Greeks settled beyond the Aegean basin, in 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).

Asteropaeus

Read

Asteropaeus

The ambidextrous hero

Published on

The Homeric epics are rife with descriptions of colourful characters, including Asteropaeus, who fought with two swords.

A look at Lydian warfare

Learn

A look at Lydian warfare

Published on

Before the rise of the Persian Empire, the kingdom of Lydia was the most powerful neighbour to the ancient Greeks.

A Western way of war?

Ponder

A Western way of war?

Published on

The notion of a typical “Western” way of war, as espoused most clearly by Victor Davis Hanson, is problematic to say the least.