Category Archives: Greek

Achilles in Love

Achilles and Penthesilea This is an ancient Greek painting on a big platter. It illustrates a story the Greeks all knew. The man is Achilles, the Greek hero, and the woman is Penthesilea, queen of the Amazons (mythical warrior women). … Continue reading

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Your Time to Be a Hero 4

The army of Greek mercenaries was armed now and ready to march.  Xenophon had been thinking about its formation. “We’ve always marched ahead of our baggage train,” he told the officers, “and it holds us back.   Sometimes the vanguard goes … Continue reading

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Your Time to Be a Hero 3

Each of the generals spoke to the assembly of soldiers. One after another they exhorted the men to be brave in this terrible hour. Xenophon showed up in his finest outfit, all decked out for battle. “I figured that if … Continue reading

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Caesar’s Troubling Dream (Part Two)

The next morning a temple acolyte came to the Roman camp with the news that the oracle was ready to receive the quaestor. The acolyte wore the same white alb as the temple priests, and his head was shaved, which … Continue reading

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Greek Maidens

Caryatides are marble statues of women that take the place of columns in some famous Greek temples, such as the Erechtheum. Somebody’s good idea—to use a pretty woman to hold up a roof? Somebody’s MEAN idea. Vitruvius, the Roman architect, … Continue reading

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The End of the World

The ancients thought that Spain was as big as a continent and no one even knew its shape. They said it was full of strange tribes of uncivilized peoples who loved bulls and war, and also that it was so … Continue reading

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