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Politics and War, Little Change: Thucydides on the Speeches of Plataea and Thebes

Thucydides, 3.56.1-2: the Plataeans’ Complaint

“The Thebans wronged us in many other ways and you know the final thing yourselves, the very reason we are suffering now. 93 more words


The death of Sparta

In 371 BC, on the 6th of July, the Spartan army lost the battle of Leuctra.  In the process they lost their dominance as a land army and lost the myth of the unbeatable army which had lasted since the defense to the death at Thermopylae in 480 BC and the defeat of Persia at Platea in 479 BC. 665 more words


The Birth of Dionysos

I wanted to go back and start filling in the post-theogony gaps, but…yeah, most of the earlier stuff has too many variations I have to work through first.   1,294 more words

Greek Mythology


Egypt.  One of the great Civilizations of World History.  From it’s Early beginnings around 3150 BCE, Egypt still fascinates and amazes even the most well travelled. 230 more words


Serenity at the British Museum

The ancient Egyptian sculptors were wonderful at this sort of transcendent beauty.  According to the British Museum info, the original statue was between 7.5 and 8m tall, and stood on the West Bank of the Nile at Thebes.. 13 more words



Plutarch, Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

Cato Major, hearing some commend one that was rash, and inconsiderately daring in a battle, said, “There is a difference between a man’s prizing valor at a great rate, and valuing life at little;” a very just remark. 11,708 more words


The Greeks Couldn't Let Him Rest in Peace: The Transfer of Hector's Bones

Lykophron in his Alexandra alludes to a strange tale of the transfer of Hektor’s remains from Troy to Thebes.  Since Lykophron is virtually unreadable, here is the account from scholia ( 152 more words