Ancient Greece

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).

A Sibylline stone at Delphi?

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A Sibylline stone at Delphi?

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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?

Achilles' slaying of Troilus

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Achilles' slaying of Troilus

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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.

Arion and the dolphin

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Arion and the dolphin

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The story of Arion and the dolphin is an entertaining and almost certainly fictitious tale that may, however, have a deeper meaning.