Ancient Persia corresponds largely to what is today referred to as the country of Iran. Originally a part of the Median Empire (if Herodotus is to be believed), Cyrus the Great established the Persian Empire in the mid-sixth century BC. He and his descendants established an empire that was eventually conquered by Alexander the Great, but would see a resurgence under the Parthians and the Sassanians.
In the distant past, when Assyria still reigned supreme, two tribes of nomadic horsemen wreaked havoc across Asia. They were known as the Cimmerians and the Scythians.
The graphic novel Three offers an interesting, well-researched look at life as a helot in ancient Laconia.
If you have everything, are you not the happiest person alive? According to Herodotus, the Athenian statesman and poet Solon disagreed.
In a recent lecture, I argued that the Battle of Marathon wasn’t as much of a big deal as our Greek sources would have us believe.
An in-depth look at the good, bad, and downright ugly aspects of Zack Snyder’s movie 300, based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel.
An interesting, if perhaps not highly informative ancient object, is the so-called Alexander Sarcophagus.
Before the rise of the Persian Empire, the kingdom of Lydia was the most powerful neighbour to the ancient Greeks.
The notion of a typical “Western” way of war, as espoused most clearly by Victor Davis Hanson, is problematic to say the least.
What is it that makes warfare in the ancient world such a fascinating and rewarding subject of study?