An ode to his hero Homer? The act of a man losing his sight? What is the story behind the famous Ulysses blue.
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.
Rachel Hadas says that despite the cascade of scary news, humans will adapt, as they always have – and provides evidence of that resilience in the literature she loves and teaches.
A scholar of Greek literature writes why we need to turn to the past to understand the present – and the lessons that Homer’s hero, Odysseus, holds for us.
If you still haven’t seen this movie about a jazz pianist whose soul goes on a great adventure, it’s about time you did.
For hundreds of years, magicians believed cheese could help them foretell the future or identify a criminal.
Homer and Aeschylus turned to the divine to write their happy endings. But no gods are conspiring above the US, ready to swoop down and save humankind from itself.
Families who lost their loved ones during the pandemic could not even properly grieve. Greek epics show why lamentation and memorial are so important and what we can learn in these times.
Perceptions about coronavirus “only killing old people” highlight the ageist way we sometimes refer to death and dying. Greek myth shows this isn’t new and ancient plays laid out the distinction.
Western literature began with a plague and ever since, writers have been using pandemics to comment on society.
Greek epics remind audiences that leaders need to be able to plan for the future based on what has happened in the past. They need to understand cause and effect.
Anything is possible in the world of computers games – except women who fight, apparently.
PTSD is a relatively modern term, but the symptoms are as old as civilisation itself.
Analyse the great quest of Odysseus with a little 21st-century know how and it’s fascinating what you find out.
It may seem incredible that some 2,500 years since the Homeric epics, women are still silenced in public. But the myths of Archaic Greece resonate today in disturbing ways.
Memorial brings Alice Oswald’s poetic retelling of the Iliad to the stage, with its furious indictment of war and its aftermath.
A new BBC series has put Troy back on the map. But how much do we know about this city of legend?
Why right-wing populism gets the tradition of legality and justice exactly the wrong way round.
The important lessons from one of the most notorious cases of sexual manipulation took place not off-screen but right in front of the camera.
A classics professor is haunted by the co-optation of his discipline by the so-called “alt-right,” toxic masculinity and other self-styled “defenders of Western civilization.”