The Athens fires were a dangerous reflection of Atomist philosophies that see the world as exploitable, for sale and open to waste and abuse.
Scent and magic have been entwined in our imaginations for centuries – right up to today’s witch-inspired perfumes.
The Trojan Women is a genocide narrative. In this play, the great Athenian dramatist Euripides explores the enslavement of women, human sacrifice, rape and infanticide.
Ancient Athenians and Romans also let shared mass tragedies propel justifications for going to war – even when it wasn’t clear what that violence would solve.
The classical tradition has long excluded anyone who wasn’t white. But a succession of Black female artists have attempted to broaden these ossified boundaries.
Ancient Babylonians achieved a practical application of trigonometry that was massively advanced for the time.
From the towering sweet treats of Athens to the place where rituals saw young girls become fierce bears — there is much to explore on this day trip.
Athletes and spectators were lured to Olympia by a longing for contact with their compatriots and their gods.
This ancient myth, in which a nymph transforms herself into a tree to escape the lustful attention of the god Apollo, has inspired countless retellings in art. Its themes resonate today.
We ought to worry that the pandemic has made it even easier to reduce teaching to disseminating knowledge.
The rituals of ancient Greece – especially public performances of tragic plays – have remarkable resonance with the current moment.
Are the descriptions of war passed down by ancient historians accurate? A site in Sicily provided a rare chance to fact-check stories told about two battles from more than 2,400 years ago.
In a recent episode of Lego Masters, contestants were asked to build a castle in the style of the Spartans. It had white city walls — but the real Spartans famously refused to build a wall.
Before the container was standardized, loading and unloading goods was very labor-intensive, inefficient and costly.
Long thought to have originated in Ancient Greece, the golden ratio that forms the basis of the Swiss design style may have first emerged in Africa.
When we think about ancient philosophers we tend to imagine old men as deep thinkers. Women too have helped shape modern thought.
Trump might have popularised the idea of fake news, but 26 centuries ago Plato and Thucydides were convinced intellectuals and poets were duping the people and undermining democracy.
Greek statues, the Napoleonic wars and the advent of photography all played a role.
The pandemic has made many of us acutely aware of the daily risks we need to take. The ancient Greeks often did not leave risky choices up to individuals alone.
Learn how cicadas, the world’s loudest insects, create their cacophony, and why people in ancient Greece and ancient China admired them.