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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...

Sex Strike: Why Ancient Greek Play Lysistrata is Trending in the US

The ancient Greek play, Lysistrata, became a trending topic in the US after protesters called for a sex strike in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Calls for a nationwide sex strike were gathering...

Only The Rich in Ancient Athens Paid Taxes – And They Bragged About it

In ancient Athens, only the very wealthiest people paid direct taxes, and these went to fund the city-state’s most important national expenses—the navy and honors for the gods. While today it might sound astonishing, most of these top taxpayers...

Ancient Greeks Also Blamed their Leaders for the Plague Pandemic

Ancient Greeks blamed their leaders for the misfortune of the plague, just as many Americans do today in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. By Joel Christensen Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, as a scholar of ancient Greek literature, I...

The Horse in Ancient Athens: Symbol and Source of Inspiration in Art

A new art and science exhibition entitled "Horse: The Horse in Ancient Athens" will open on January 20 at the American School of Classical Studies. The exhibition will explore both relics and artifacts of horses from ancient Greece-- including a...

Take an Interactive Trip to Pericles-era Athens (photos)

An interactive virtual-reality show of ancient Athens during the golden era of Pericles will premier on March 24 in the Greek capital. The Interactive Tour of the Acropolis of Athens at the "Tholos" of the Cultural Centre of the Foundation...

Cardiff Uni to Translate, Publish Ancient Athens Inscriptions of UK Collections

All the stone inscriptions from ancient Athens in UK collections are to be presented in English translations for the first time, thanks to a new project by Cardiff University. According to Cardiff University News website, the project is to translate...

An Ancient Greek Wrote the Perfect Play to Reflect on the Refugee Crisis in Europe

By: Laura Swift Berlin recently agreed to curb the number of migrants it welcomed after a backlash against Angela Merkel’s suspension of EU rules limiting numbers. It followed previous scenes of crowds welcoming new arrivals, which commentators had suggested was...