Persia

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.

Three (2014)

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Three (2014)

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The graphic novel Three offers an interesting, well-researched look at life as a helot in ancient Laconia.

The happiness of King Croesus

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The happiness of King Croesus

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If you have everything, are you not the happiest person alive? According to Herodotus, the Athenian statesman and poet Solon disagreed.

300 (2006)

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300 (2006)

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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.

The Alexander Sarcophagus

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The Alexander Sarcophagus

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An interesting, if perhaps not highly informative ancient object, is the so-called Alexander Sarcophagus.

A look at Lydian warfare

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A look at Lydian warfare

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Before the rise of the Persian Empire, the kingdom of Lydia was the most powerful neighbour to the ancient Greeks.

A Western way of war?

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A Western way of war?

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The notion of a typical “Western” way of war, as espoused most clearly by Victor Davis Hanson, is problematic to say the least.