Ancient History Blog

  • After the beginning

    (No, this has nothing to do with the ancient world. It’s just nice.) This week, we will finish the first issue of Ancient History Magazine... Read more
  • Homer in the wasteland

    I recently saw Mad Max: Fury Road, directed and co-written by George Miller, the original creator of Mad Max. It’s probably the best action movie... Read more
  • Three days of Paestum (3)

    This is the third and final instalment in my series on the ancient city of Posidonia/Paestum. In the first blog post, I wrote a brief... Read more
  • Three days of Paestum (2)

    Yesterday, I wrote a brief overview of the history of the ancient city of Posidonia/Paestum. Today, I want to focus on the museum and on... Read more
  • Three days of Paestum (1)

    Last month, I spent several weeks in beautiful Southern Italy. During that time, we also managed to revisit Paestum. I first visited Paestum in 2012... Read more
  • The Frontiers of Classicism

    Taxila-Sirkap: stupa of the double-headed eagle. Note the columns with the Corinthian capitals. Next month, I’ll visit Uzbekistan. I have never been there, so I am... Read more
  • Queen Hatshepsut

    I must confess that I have considered calling this piece “lifting the veil”, but that’s too much of a cliché. Still, the banner above does... Read more
  • A known unknown

    Portrait, believed to represent Plutarch (Delphi) Let me offer you a little puzzle. It’s about the famous land bill of Tiberius Gracchus in 133 BC... Read more
  • Philetaerus

    Philetaerus Pergamon was a small town on a steep hill, dominating a fertile plain. It was the perfect place to keep a treasure: the hill... Read more
  • Gratitude

    The Incense Route (Shen Fei) The clock of the medieval church of Zutphen has just struck ten and I am sit here on the patio of... Read more

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