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This week I’ve been lucky enough to see productions of two Greek tragedies in London. The first, Euripides’ Bakkhai, was at the Almeida Theatre; the second, a version of Aeschylus’ Oresteia, was also an Almeida production but after a highly successful run earlier in the summer it has now transferred to Trafalgar Studios in the West End.
Cultural atrocity reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights It was feared it would be next to be blown up at Unesco World Heritage Site Temple of Baal Shamin, also from Roman era, was dynamited last week It has been claimed Islamic State will take Palmyra down piece by piece
The history of Rome is long and complex: a village grew into the Eternal City that’s still a wonder today; a monarchy became a republic and then an empire; Italy was conquered before Europe, parts of Africa and the Near and Middle East were incorporated into an empire that had around a quarter of the world’s population under its governance.
This 1,000-year-and-more history is complex and fascinating, here are just 100 facts that help illuminate it.
The ancient remains of the arena were discovered in 1988 during the building of Guildhall Art Gallery, but they are just one of many Roman finds by archaeologists across the capital, from significant pieces of architecture to fragments of everyday objects and Roman clothing.
On a stiflingly hot summer night, the ancient Greek amphitheatre of Epidaurus is packed to capacity for a performance of a 2,400-year-old play by Aristophanes -- testimony to Greeks' enduring love of theater despite years of grinding economic crisis.
In the 2007 film The Last Legion, [spoiler alert, I'm about to give away the entire movie], a young Romulus Augustulus, dethroned as the final Roman Emperor in the West, finds the Sword of Julius Caesar hidden, mirabile dictu, on the Island of Capri, and travels to Britannia to locate the "Last Legion" of Rome.
The ancient Greek phrase “ΕΛΘΕ ΜΟΙ Ω ΠΑΙΑΝ ΦΕΡΩΝ ΤΟ ΜΑΝΤΕΙΟΝ ΑΛΗΘΕC” is written on the mouth of a well that came to light during the latest excavations of the German Archaeological Institute at the archaeological site of Kerameikos in Athens.
There were 15,000 more entries this year in maths, further maths, modern foreign languages and classical languages, all sciences, English literature, geography and history – the so-called facilitating subjects. These are generally required to get a place at a top university.
ARE HUMAN REMAINS THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF DEATH OR THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF LIFE? THIS STRANGE PARADOX STATED IN PEARSON (1999), ADDRESSES THAT THE SURVIVING BONES, TISSUES AND SKIN ARE MORE LIKELY TO REVEAL INFORMATION ABOUT A PERSON’S LIFE, NOT A PERSON’S DEATH.
In an interesting recent article in Foreign Policy, Josiah Ober – a leading academic expert on ancient Greek democracy – argues that there is much we can learn from the Greek experience that could be applicable to modern public policy. As he describes more fully in a new book, democratic ancient Greek city states achieved impressive levels of economic growth and culture flourishing. Ober contends that their success was the result of reliance on democratic decision-making and well-structured political institutions:
If you think the Sirens are the only mythological beings capable of making music deadly, think again. Mythology gives us another, much older trio of ladies whose song was meant to torture and kill their victims. They go by many names, but at least one is eminently recognizable: they are often called the Furies.
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