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The female experience of war in Ancient Greece

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In ancient Greek warfare women took hardly any part in the conflicts and were mostly restricted to the role of passive non-combatant. Considering this, it is indeed strange that the Greek pantheon contains at least two women warriors, namely Athena … Continue reading

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Suffer, the little children…

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On the night Troy was sacked, Neoptolemus, son of Achilles, ran into Andromache. The widow of his father’s most bitter foe (Hector) was running for her life, with baby Astyanax in her arms. Snatching the infant, Neoptolemus killed it savagely, … Continue reading

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Please let me grow old with him; the desperate plea of a lover from the 4th century BCE

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Some 24 centuries ago, a woman probably named Phila, was in love with a man named Dionysophon. We don’t know whether the man reciprocated or encouraged her love in any way; we don’t know whether he made promises he didn’t … Continue reading

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The champion of Auschwitz

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Today is the 72nd anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz and a National Holocaust Remembrance Day for Greeks. Today, I’m not posting pictures monuments or artifacts. I’m posting the photo of a man, who survived the man-made hell that was … Continue reading

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Imperial symbols and public image

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Today it is Emperor Hadrian’s birthday. Born on January 24th, 76 CE, in Italica, Spain, he would become Emperor 41 years later. Hadrian left his mark all over the Roman Empire, but he was especially partial to the Greek cities … Continue reading

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Faces of an Emperor

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Nineteen hundred years ago, a young Roman aristocrat, Publius Aelius Hadrianus, became Emperor of the Roman Empire. Heir to Emperor Trajan, he assumed the official name Caesar Traianus Hadrianus Augustus and remained in power for the next 21 years, from … Continue reading

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These Spartans were on time

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During the 34th “Authentic” Athens Marathon a group of runners, dressed a bit like the Spartans of the movie “300,” (but with modern running shoes and socks) made heads turn. The Polish runners belong to a group called “Spartans for … Continue reading

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Olympic truce – fact or fiction?

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Olympic Games cancelled due to wars, countries barred from participating, boycotts, political protests, a terrorist attack – these are but few of the things that mar modern Olympics. Some shake their heads claiming that such things would never happen in antiquity, … Continue reading

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Einstein’s Greek colleague

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On a wall in Gazi, Athens, the face of Albert Einstein mingles with that of Constantine Karatheodory, in a mural by the prolific Greek graffiti artist INO. Who is the man sharing the mural with the father of modern physics? … Continue reading

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The “Prison of Socrates”

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I’ve already mentioned in a previous post that the hills around the Acropolis may be covered in trees today but in antiquity they were part of the city. We should imagine them covered in densely packed houses, along narrow and … Continue reading