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The Realm of Poseidon: A Mythical Voyage Around the Aegean

By Peter Marshall, Contributing Writer, Ancient Origins “Poseidon the great god I begin to sing, he who moves the earth and the desolate sea… You are dark-haired you are blessed you have a kind heart. Help those who sail upon The sea In ships.” ~Homeric Hymn to Poseidon Gods and Legends Poseidon was the Greek

The Helots: Slave Warriors of Ancient Sparta

By Ḏḥwty, Contributing Writer, Ancient Origins The ancient Greek city state of Sparta had a social hierarchy that was different from many of its neighbors. The top of the social pyramid was occupied by the two kings, whose powers were checked by a ‘council of elders’. These elders were chosen from the next class, the

Ajax: Clean out your soul

By Ben Potter Aias to the Greeks, Aiax to the Romans, now known to us as the anglicized Ajax, he was ‘the best of all men that ever came to Troy, save only Achilles’. However, Ajax’s status as number two in the Greek pecking order wasn’t always fully appreciated. After Achilles perished when the arrow

Tabula Cortonensis

By Natalia Klimczak, Contributing Writer, Ancient Origins 2,200 years ago, a pair of skilled Etruscan hands crafted a tablet that became a key to the language of this remarkable civilization. This unique bronze artifact is known as the Tabula Cortonensis and, apart from its role in deciphering a lost language, it also contains untold secrets

The Only Library Ever Recovered from Antiquity

By Wu Mingren, Contributing writer, Ancient Origins The Villa of the Papyri is the name given to a private house that was uncovered in the ancient Roman city of Herculaneum. This city, along with nearby Pompeii, is perhaps best remembered for its destruction during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Because of this

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