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The Ages of Ancient Greece

By Ben Potter Archaic. Classical. Hellenistic. These terms are often (and quite naturally) conflated together under the generic heading of ‘classical’, or, at the very least, ‘old’. It appears that organizing history into clear, distinct eras can be a tricky business. This, of course, is more true for the Greeks than for the Romans. This

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Plautus: No Latin Matter

By Ben Potter It’s been often said that what was good about the Romans came from their cultural forefathers, the Greeks. Like most (I refrain from saying ‘all’) generalisations, there are grains of both truth and falsehood to this claim. Whilst there may well be startling similarities between Greek and Roman art, gods, drinking habits,

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The Prince of Ancient Comedy

By Ben Potter To translate Ancient texts correctly is no easy task, even for the most proficient student of Greek. To attempt it at all is commendable, but to do so when the subject matter is a comedy, is a project fit for only the insanely brilliant or the brilliantly insane. Translation from a dead

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