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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 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...

Philoxenia: The Ancient Roots of Greek Hospitality

The Greek word Philoxenia, literally translated as a "friend to a stranger," is widely perceived to be synonymous to hospitality. For Greeks it is much deeper than that. It is an unspoken cultural law that shows generosity and courtesy to...

Fires Shaped the Landscape of Ancient Greece

Fires shaped much of the landscape in ancient Greece; set mostly by invaders in pre-classical times, sometimes the fires were also set by Greeks themselves. According to an article written by L.G. Liacos entitled "Present Studies and History of Burning...

SpaceX Launchpad Deimos is Named After an Ancient Greek Deity

  Billionaire Elon Musk is notorious for his sense of humor and his penchant for mixing his taste in internet memes with his various business and technology ventures -- to varying success -- but his most recent project is a...

Eos, the Ancient Greek Goddess of the Dawn

Eos, the ancient Greek goddess of the dawn, with her abode the sky, was perhaps the most resplendent of all the beings in the Greek pantheon.

Warrior Tomb Treasure Intact for 3,500 Years Unearthed in Greece

Archaeologists in Greece have unearthed an intact Bronze Age warrior’s tomb, dating back 3,500 years, which is filled with more than 1,400 objects, including jewelry, weapons, bronze, silver and gold vessels. The Bronze Age tomb dates back to about 1500...

Greek Classic 'The Iliad' Read in its Entirety by 66 Actors (video)

A reading of all 18,225 lines of text of The Iliad by 66 actors, an epic undertaking of Cambridge classics professor Simon Goldhill, will be available to watch online. The ambitious reading took place on August 14 for an audience...

Game of Thrones Reignites the Greek Tale of Iphigeneia

Like the myths that confounded the Greeks, the latest twist in Game of Thrones has challenged its audience.

Homer’s Iliad to Become Epically Viral This Summer

One of the most brilliant epic poems in ancient history, The Iliad, is set for a marathon performance this summer as part of Almeida Greeks Festival. Theater director Rupert Goold decided to direct "The Iliad" according to Homer's original 15,000 line epic...