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The Ancient Greek Lexicon Published After 23 Years in the Making

Cambridge University Press has recently published the Cambridge Greek Lexicon after twenty-three years of work by the university's classics faculty. The group was led by the lexicon's editor-in-chief, James Diggle, a professor at Queens College who taught Greek and Latin...

Dune’s House of Atreides is Named in Honor of an Ancient Greek King

Dune was one of 2021's biggest movies, grossing nearly half a billion dollars around the world. The movie is an adaptation of the 1965 science fiction novel, also titled “Dune," by Frank Herbert. The sci-fi thriller tells the story of...

Homer’s Iliad, the Story of the Trojan War

Homer’s Iliad is usually thought of as the first work of European literature—and many would say it is the greatest. It tells part of the saga of the city of Troy and the war that took place there. In...

The Odyssey at a Glance

The Odyssey of Homer is a Greek epic poem that tells of the return journey of Odysseus to the island of Ithaca from the war at Troy, which Homer related in the Iliad. In the Greek tradition, the war...

How the Ancient Greeks Invented the Anchors for Boats

The origin of the sea anchor as we know it today is unknown, nevertheless its invention most likely have taken place in Ancient Greece

What Happened to Achilles After the Iliad?

Achilles, the main character of the Iliad, remains one of the emblematic heroes of Greek mythology and modern literature for his bravery and fierceness in avenging the death of his best friend, Patroclus. Homer's epic poem, along with The Odyssey,...

How Ancient Greece Shaped the Thought of Dante

Dante, the beloved poet of Italy, who penned the monumental and immortal works "Inferno," "Purgatorio," and "Paradiso," never visited Greece, but his thought was heavily influenced by the ancient Greeks and his poetry and, in turn, influenced Greek and...

Euripides’ The Trojan Women—An Unflinching Look at Brutality of War

The Trojan Women is a genocide narrative. In this play, the great Athenian dramatist Euripides explores the enslavement of women, human sacrifice, rape, and infanticide.  By Chris Mackie The story of the long struggle for the life of the city of...

The Ancient Greek Roots of Feta, The Oldest Cheese in Recorded History

Feta is the soft white “king” of Greek cheeses, renowned around the world. Its origins can be traced back to ancient times as the first mention of the famous cheese is as old as Homer's Odyssey. In fact, it's...

Stone Age Tools on Crete Show Man Sailed the Mediterranean 130,000 Years Ago

Stone age tool finds on Crete in 2010 indicate that man traveled the Mediterranean 130,000 years ago, and not 10,000 years ago as originally believed, according to Science magazine.