The Parthenon

When you think of Greece, you think of the Parthenon. It remains today the ideal of Classical architecture and artistic design. The Parthenon stands today...

Ancient Greece, part 4 – Athenian Democracy

The Origins of Athenian Democracy Before the introduction of democracy in 508 BC, Athens was ruled by a tyrant. (In Ancient Greece, the word ‘tyrannos’ did...

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Up to the middle of the twentieth century, students of Ancient History had always been taught that the Greeks were actually ‘Aryan’ invaders from...

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Socrates, Aristotle and Plato's philosophies all attempt to solve different existential questions. Imagine wondering about the existence of a flute that had been carved out...

Aphrodite – The Goddess of Cyprus

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The ancient weaponry and varied warrior clothing of the fierce Amazons reflect these women warriors' diverse origins. Central figures of Greek mythology and a very...

Were the Spartans Gay? Homosexuality in Sparta, Ancient Greece

Pederasty, or the sexual love of adolescent boys, was a strong part of Ancient Greek culture. It was age-defined and kept within strict social...

Masters of Ancient Greek Art: Phidias, Polykleitos, and Myron

Phidias, Polykleitos, and Myron are three of the most famous names in ancient Greek art. Their reputation lives on in copies of classical sculptures. Little...

Ancient Greece, part 2 – Herodotus and the Persian Wars

At the beginning of the fifth century BC, the Achaemenid Persian Empire was the most powerful state in the Ancient Near East. The term ‘Achaemenid’...
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