Ancient History Blog

  • Bunk about beards

    A (very short) excerpt from a book has been doing the rounds on Facebook and was also posted to the Agade mailing list about why... Read more
  • The Athenian tyrant-killers

    The National Archaeological Museum in Naples has a statue of the so-called Tyrannicides. It is, as is so often the case, a Roman copy of... Read more
  • Inside a pyramid

    In December 2012, my girlfriend and I travelled to Egypt to attend a conference on chariots. After the conference was over, we spent one day... Read more
  • Euripides still dead

    Tributes are pouring in from all over the world for the beloved playwright. The world of performing arts, already grieving the loss of Lemmie and... Read more
  • Dionysus in Leiden

    The National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden re-opened last month after having been closed for renovation. It isn’t completely done yet (the Egyptian department, for... Read more
  • Art and Alexander the Great

    Alexander III of Macedon, or ‘Alexander the Great’ as he came to be known, was perhaps the greatest conqueror of the ancient world. By the... Read more
  • New themes

    Delphi, stadium Allow me to start the first blog post of the new year on a rather personal note: the last months of 2015 turned... Read more
  • Venus of Milo

    Venus of Milo (Louvre, Paris) She is among the most famous statues in the world, the Venus of Milo. Or perhaps we should say: the... Read more
  • Books, books, books

    Nearly every week the postman brings some books to the Karwansaray offices. Usually, they are sent to us by other publishers, in the hope that we’ll... Read more
  • A statue of M. Nonius Balbus

    This isn’t the first time I’m posting about a find from the beautiful National Archaeological Museum in Naples, and it certainly won’t be the last... Read more

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