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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...

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

French Bring Back Teaching of Latin and Ancient Greek in Schools

The French government has announced plans to boost the teaching of Latin and Ancient Greek in schools as part of a new initiative

Would You Be Considered Beautiful in Ancient Greece?

Who, exactly, was considered beautiful in ancient Greece? Were their beauty standards much different from our own?

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

Aomawa Baker as Andromache in Brad Mays' production of Euripides' The Trojan Woman, presented at the ARK Theatre Company in Los Angeles in 2003. Credit: Wikipedia/Bradmays/CC-BY-SA-3.0 The Trojan Women is a genocide narrative. In this play, the great Athenian dramatist...

Why Walking Barefoot is Good for You

Orthopedists argue that walking barefoot makes for stronger and more flexible feet, fewer deformities, while it enhances mobility as well

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 Odyssey, has...

Guide to the Classics: Homer’s Odyssey

Homer's Odyssey is the quintessential quest that relates to our passage through life and the importance of love, family and home. Odysseus’s adventures have influenced everyone from Batman to Bob Dylan.  By Chris Mackie The Odyssey of Homer is a Greek...

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 in turn influenced Greek and...

Guide to the Classics: Homer’s Iliad

A central idea in the Iliad - a poetic work by Homer focused on the war for Troy - is the inevitability of death. The poem held a special place in antiquity, and has resonated throughout the millennia since. By Chris Mackie Homer’s Iliad is usually thought...