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).

Cleobis and Biton

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Cleobis and Biton

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The story of the Argive youths Cleobis and Biton gives an idea of how different the ancient Greek world view was from our own.

Odysseys in space

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Odysseys in space

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A cornerstone of world literature, the main idea behind Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey has been recycled as the basis for a few science-fiction TV shows.

Ancient science fiction

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Ancient science fiction

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The Verae Historiae (“True Histories”) by Lucian of Samosata is widely considered the world’s oldest known work of science fiction.

Colours of the ancient world

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Colours of the ancient world

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Modern museums more and more emphasize the fact that the statues of the ancient world were originally painted in vivid colours.

An accidental centaur?

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An accidental centaur?

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Most of the Late Geometric Greek vases in the popular consciousness are precise and finely decorated. But sometimes, even Greek vase painters made mistakes.

A note on the “Dark Age”

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A note on the “Dark Age”

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Matthew Lloyd’s recent article on why he studies the Greek “Dark Age” elicited comments about his use of that phrase that deserve to be dealt with briefly.

The ancient Greek hoplite

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The ancient Greek hoplite

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Roel Konijnendijk, Joshua Hall, Matthew Lloyd, Owen Rees, and Josho Brouwers talk about the ancient Greek hoplite.

Why study Dark Age Greece?

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Why study Dark Age Greece?

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In the first Ancient World Magazine podcast Roel, Josh, and Josho discussed reasons to study the ancient world. Here are my reasons to study Early Iron Age – or “Dark Age” – Greece in particular.

The Battle of the Champions

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The Battle of the Champions

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One of the most interesting battles mentioned by the Greek historian Herodotus is perhaps the “Battle of the Champions”, fought between the Spartans and the Argives.