Monday, May 20, 2024

Was the philosopher Socrates of Athens a hero?

Asking whether or not Socrates was a hero takes him out of his culture and transplants him to the early 21st century. As a...

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...

Ancient Greece, part 3 – Pericles and the Athenian Empire

The Delian League With the final defeat of the Persians, mainland Greece was safe from invasion. But now a most extraordinary thing happened. In the winter of...

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...

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...

The Death of Achilles, the Greatest of the Greek Warriors

Achilles is a renowned figure in Greek mythology and one of the greatest of the Greek warriors who participated in the Trojan War. Achilles was...

A History Written in Stone

How much do we personally know about Ancient Greece? Most of us can say that we know that the Olympics began there, that...

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...

Summary of the Beginning of the Trojan War: The Cause of the War Between...

The Trojan War, according to Greek Myth, pitted the Greeks against the Trojans. The war was at first fought over Helen of Troy, the...

The Last Stand of the Spartans

The most famous of all holding actions in military history where 300 Spartans made an Alamo of a mountain pass in Greece. The Battle of...