Suffering on Hope: Comparing Prometheus and Io

“Let him hurl his twin-forked lightning bolts down on my head.. let him make the wildly surging sea waves mingle with the pathways of the heavenly stars… he cannot make me die,” says Prometheus after his suffering gives him the hope to withstand Zeus (Aeschylus 83). In Prometheus Bound, Aeschylus portrays the effects of suffering … Read more

Intersections of War and Rhetoric: A Deconstruction of the Melian Dialogue

In Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War, the conflict between Athens and Sparta is illustrated not only with direct, fact-based wartime accounts but also with dramatized orations and debates that are interwoven into the narrative. Through the resulting interplay of speech-giving and war-making, two activities both highly and equally valued in ancient Greek society, a … Read more

Pericles’ Funeral Oration

In his oration, Pericles sheds new light on traditional Greek virtues by examining not only the accomplishments of the Athenian empire, but the particular qualities and institutions that have facilitated Athenian greatness. Pericles defies the traditional role of a funeral orator as historian of Athenian accomplishments in order to thoroughly redefine what makes Athens great. … Read more

Court system in ancient Greece.

There are many things that Ancient Greece gave to us, one of those things just happens to be our court system. That’s right the Jury and trial system we got from those weird naked people…aawwkkwwarrd. Anyways, here are some things about the one in ancient Greece. Size Matters By modern standards, ancient Athenian juries were … Read more

Poseidon the Greek God: Analyzing the character

Poseidon’s roman name was Neptune which meant god of the sea and earthquakes. He is usually in his watery domain under the sea. If Poseidon wanted to he could mess with water, lightning and storms which made them strong and violent. He was one of the supreme gods of Mount Olympus. Poseidons parents are Rhea … Read more

The ancient Greeks

The ancient Greeks, like many ancient cultures, believed in multiple gods. The Gods had supernatural powers and strengths. Myths about these Gods helped explain things about Greek life, These myths were important because they explained why the Greeks did things in a certain way and what was important to them. The article Greek Mythology explains … Read more

How Did Women Of Sparta Live?

“On the other side, women of Sparta were enjoying a different kind of freedom. Unlike Athenian women, they weren’t excluded from any economic decision-making or hadn’t autonomy and involvement in social issues. Spartan women had financial power and influence. Also the girls were able to exercise, do sports, move themselves freely and were publicly educated … Read more

Downfall Of Troy

Did you know that the Trojan War was all started because of a girl? Well, the Queen of Sparta, Helen, was abducted by Paris the King of Troy. This was one of the many major events that lead to the downfall of Troy. Other events include the fairest goddess, thousand ships, and the Trojan horse. … Read more

The Use Of Propaganda In Ancient Pieces Of Art:

The following works of ancient art can all be considered to function in part as propaganda: the Victory Stele of Naram-Sin (Mesopotamia, 2254-2218 BCE), the Lapith and Centaur metopes in the Parthenon (Classical Greece, 447-438 BCE), and Athena battling Alkyoneos at the Altar of Zeus (Hellenistic Greece, 175 BCE). These pieces function as propaganda in … Read more

Ancient Greece And Ancient Persia

When we as Westerners think of antiquity’s greatest civilizations, surely classical Greece comes to mind. Many aspects of ancient Greek culture survive today in various facets of our modern society: democracy, drama and western philosophy, just some of the first few that come to mind. As paramount as these contributions are, surely we as Westerners … Read more

Biography of Alexander the Great

What would you do if you could rule the world? This seems like a preposterous question to most, but to one man it started to become a reality. It all started with the dreams of one King, Alexander the Great. Alexander was born in 356 BC in Macedonia, the area around present day Thessaloniki in … Read more

Battle of the Hydaspes

To answer this question let me tell you the story of the Battle of the Hydaspes. In 326 BC the forces of Alexander the Great and King Porus were to clash, a battle which would decide the fate of the region Punjab. As Alexander wanted to increase his territory his eye fell on India, where … Read more

Greek Grave Steles

The portals to immortality-Greek Grave Steles To us who live in modern times the ‘melancholic look’ that we find in the sculpture of cemeteries throughout the world is something we take for granted. Although its authenticity has been lost to us, this so-called look can be traced back to 5th century Greek funerary sculpture. For … Read more

The Golden Age Of Greece

The ancient statues and pottery of the Golden Stone Age of Greece were much advanced in spectacular ways. The true facts of Zeuss main reason for his statue. The great styles of the Kouros and the Kore. The story of The Blinding of Polphemus, along with the story of Cyclops. The Dori and Ionic column … Read more

Ancient Greek Doctors

As The Greek empire declined, Rome inherited its medical traditions and knowledge. During the 1st and 2nd centuries A. D health standards dropped considerably and outbreaks occurred of life threatening diseases. Galen of Pergamon, a follower of Hippocrates, gathered much of the medical knowledge of the time and added to it his studies of anatomy … Read more

The two most dominating city-states in Greece – Athens and Sparta

The two most dominating city-states in Greece of their time, Athens and Sparta, were great rivals with two very different ways of life. Spartas overbearing military and Athens impartial justice system and government are models for many modern day countries. Even though these two city-states differ greatly from one another, they share many characteristics of … Read more

Athens’ Golden Age

In this paper I will demonstrate why I believe, contrary to widespread opinion and possible even his own, that Aristophanes, not Euripides, was, of the four major dramatists fo Athens’ Golden Age, the one who least respected women. Having become aware at the ouset of this leterrature course of the position of women in the … Read more

The portals to immortality-Greek Grave Steles

To us who live in modern times the melancholic look that we find in the sculpture of cemeteries throughout the world is something we take for granted. Although its authenticity has been lost to us, this so-called look can be traced back to 5th century Greek funerary sculpture. For us it is only natural to … Read more

Ancient Greece Essay

The Greek peninsula has been culturally linked with the Aegean Islands, and the west coast of Asia Minor since the Neolithic Age. The numerous natural harbors and close-lying islands lead to a unified, maritime civilization. However cultural unity did not produce political unity. Mountain ranges and deep valleys separated the peninsula into small economic and … Read more

Greek Gods Essay

With our view of God, it can sometimes be difficult to comprehend the actions and thinking of the Greek deities. The Christian God does not tend to take such an active role in the affairs of people’s lives, where, on the other hand, the Greeks regarded direct involvement by the gods as a daily, uncontrollable … Read more

Medea: Gender Roles

In Euripides Medea, the protagonist abandoned the gender roles of ancient Greek society. Medea defied perceptions of gender by exhibiting both “male” and “female” tendencies. She was able to detach herself from her “womanly” emotions at times and perform acts that society did not see women capable of doing. However, Medea did not fully abandon … Read more

Medea: A Civilized Barbarian

The term “Barbarian” is Greek in origin. The Greeks originally levied it at any races who were not of a Greek origin; especially those who threatened Greek civilization and culture. Because most of these “strangers” regularly assaulted Greek cities, the term “barbarian” gradually evolved into a rude term: a person who was a sub-human, uncivilized, … Read more

Medea’s Revenge

Medea, a play by the Greek playwright Euripides, explores the Greek-barbarian dichotomy through the character of Medea, a princess from the”barbarian”, or non-Greek, land of Colchis. Throughout the play, it become sevident to the reader that Medea is no ordinary woman by Greek standards.Central to the whole plot is Medea’s barbarian origins and how they … Read more

The Greater the Power, the Greater the Fall

During the Golden age of Greece, in 5th Century B. C. , the Greeks were fascinated by the thin line between greatness and hubris. Throughout their literature, there is a sense that the same traits that make a man or woman great can lead to their destruction. In the familiar period piece, Medea, the nurse … Read more

Back In Time – Athena

Back in time when Greece was making its mark in history as one of the great civilization of the Ancient World, there was a great deal of emphasis on the Gods and Goddesses. To the Greeks the world was governed by the Gods and they were the reason many things happened in the world, mostly … Read more

The Two Faces Of Ancient Greece

The two most dominating city-states in Greece of their time, Athens and Sparta, were great rivals with two very different ways of life. Spartas overbearing military and Athens impartial justice system and government are models for many modern day countries. Even though these two city-states differ greatly from one another, they share many characteristics of … Read more

Greek Art and Architecture Essays

The Palace of Knossos, a Minoan mud brick and timber structure on a shallow stone foundation, featuring a central courtyard, was constructed on an acropolis. It was a place for rulers to reside, shrines for religious ceremonies to be worshipped, the industrial production of objects, and administrative duties. Ample hallways, stairways, chambers, and light wells … Read more