Homer’s Iliad is usually thought of as the first work of European literature, and many would say, the greatest. It tells part of the saga of the city of Troy and the war that took place there.
The stories of virtue and vice in the Caesars are carefully selected to illustrate whether emperors measured up to this standard.
His sharp analysis of the kind of forces that stir popular sentiments and drive collective decision making still resonates in the modern world.
We bring you ten riddles from the ancient world. Can you solve them?
The question of Helen’s involvement in such a significant conflict clearly poses difficult questions – and has done ever since the age of Homer.
For centuries, the bloody gladiator conflicts that the Romans staged in amphitheatres throughout the empire have engrossed and repelled us. When it comes to gladiators, it is almost impossible to look away. But the arena is also the place where the Romans feel most foreign to us.
Some wit and wisdom from the classical world – here are proverbs from 20 ancient Greek writers.
By Zena Kamash London, Paris and New York are global cities: modern hubs for travel, technology and trade, their names and images echo…
The naming of the celebration as “Easter” seems to go back to the name of a pre-Christian goddess in England, Eostre, who was celebrated at beginning of spring.