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Lessons from Ancient Athens: The Art of Exiling Your Enemies

For the first time in recent memory the possibility of imprisoning political rivals has entered the political discourse of a modern western election. But ostracism is an ancient Greek democratic tradition practiced in classical Athens that offers an alternative...

Elite Companions, Flute Girls and Child Slaves: Sex Work in Ancient Greece

In ancient Athens, it appears some elite courtesans were better educated than traditional wives. Other sex workers were sold into the role as children. By Marguerite Johnson When the Athenian politician Pericles delivered his famous Funeral Oration at the end of...

Phryne: The Ancient Greek Courtesan Who Disrobed For Her Freedom

Phryne the Thespian was a notable ancient Greek hetaira, or courtesan, of Athens, who is remembered throughout the millennia for her dramatic trial which she won by baring her naked body. Her real name name was Mnesarete, but people referred...

The Flowering of Athens in the Fifth Century B.C.

In Athens, the fifth century BC served as a period in which art, literature, and thought flourished, and it ultimately defines our image of Ancient Greece. by Patrick Garner In the 21st century much of what the world thinks of as...