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).
The sculpture group of Laocoön and His Sons, on display in the Vatican since its rediscovery in 1506, is one of the most famous and fascinating statues of antiquity.
From the eleventh to the ninth centuries BC there is very little pictorial pottery in the Aegean. So why does a hydria from a grave at Lefkandi show a pair of confronted archers?
In the story of the Trojan War, battles are fought between huge armies. But how were these armies organized? How were they assembled?
There’s a large block of worked limestone at one end of the temple of Apollo at Delphi. What is it? What function did it serve?
Nearly five years ago, my first book was published. Here’s a look back at the commercial edition of my PhD thesis and the lessons learned.
Few buildings have as deep and as interesting a history as the Cathedral of Syracuse, built on the site of an ancient temple of Athena.
Tim Whitmarsh’s book challenges the modernist notion that atheism is a post-Enlightenment phenomenon and traces the ancient history of those who “battled the gods”.
It is often assumed that the ancient Greeks practised one type of warfare. This is problematic, as can be illustrated by a quick look at the early history of Tarentum, Southern Italy.
According to prophecy, Troy wouldn’t fall until a number of conditions had been met. One of them was the death of the Trojan prince Troilus.
The story of Arion and the dolphin is an entertaining and almost certainly fictitious tale that may, however, have a deeper meaning.