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 brief analysis of relationships between the Carthaginians and the Athenians shows that a more developed form of politics and warfare existed in the fifth century BC than is commonly thought.
The Greek god Dionysus remains popular in the modern world for his love of wine and the theatre and his outsider status. But looking at one of his myths through the lens of his masculinity shows how Dionysus can be more complicated than that.
A small agate decorated with a battle-scene, recovered from the so-called “Griffin Warrior” tomb in Pylos (Greece), has been hyped up for the wrong reasons.
Even though the ancient Mediterranean was rife with piracy, relatively few pirates are known to us by name.
Of all the tragic figures in the story of the Trojan War, perhaps none has suffered more than poor Cassandra.
The island of Rhodes is rich in history, with a variety of museums, art galleries, and archaeological sites to visit.
In the tenth book of the Iliad, Diomedes and Odysseus embark on a covert mission to spy on the Trojans.
From the museum at Paestum in Southern Italy comes this red-figure “fish plate”. But what is it exactly?
A fun two-player card game that is quick to setup and play, with a Greek mythological theme packed with references to the Homeric epics.
The collection of the Allard Pierson Museum includes this beautiful red-figure cup with a picture of a warrior.