Friday, August 12, 2022

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 Greek Love Magic – Spells for Separation: Curses, Sacred Words and a Magical...

In the ancient Greek world not all was fair in war, but it certainly was in love. Ancient Greek spell books and collections abound...

The Birth and Youth of the Greek Warrior Achilles

Achilles, one of the greatest of the ancient Greek warriors, was the son of Peleus of Thessaly and a sea nymph named Thetis. According to...

The Myth of Odysseus and Aeolus

The homesick Odysseus makes a powerful friend who gives him a great gift, but when nearly home he is undone by the greed of...

The History of Gays in the Military – The Sacred Band of Thebes

Ancient Greek military history is inextricably bound up with homosexuality. In some ancient Greek city states, such as Sparta, each young warrior had to...

Ancient Greece, part 6 – Greek Religion and Philosophy

Understanding Greek Religion In order to understand Greek religion, it is necessary for us to make a leap of the imagination. One of the barriers to...

The Succession Crisis at Alexander the Great’s Death

From 336-323 BC Alexander the Great, king of Macedon, embarked on one of history's greatest spans of thirteen years, conquering in that time the...

Ancient Greece, part 8 – Art and Architecture

The Origins of Greek Art In the nineteenth century, it was generally believed that Greek art had developed by itself with little or no outside...

Medusa, the Villain?

Does Medusa, the Gorgon of Greek mythology, deserve the bad rap she has had to carry all this time? Or is she just a...

Aphrodite – The Goddess of Cyprus

Aphrodite, goddess of fertility and sensual pleasure, was born from the foam of the sea at Petra tou Romiou. In Cyprus she was passionately...