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Mythology
Definition by Joshua J. Mark

Mythology

Myths are a part of every culture in the world and are used to explain natural phenomena, where a people came from and how their civilization developed, and why things happen as they do. At their most basic level, myths comfort by giving...
Artemis
Definition by Mark Cartwright

Artemis

Artemis was the Greek goddess of hunting, wild nature, and chastity. Daughter of Zeus and sister of Apollo, Artemis was a patron of girls and young women, and a protectress during childbirth. Artemis was widely worshipped but her most famous...
Lesbos
Definition by Mark Cartwright

Lesbos

Lesbos, a Greek island located in the eastern Aegean, had several prosperous city-states which thrived from the Bronze Age to the Byzantine era. Switching many times between independence, Persian and Greek control, Lesbos was often a victim...
The Curse of the House of Atreus
Video by Kelly Macquire

The Curse of the House of Atreus

There aren't many families in ancient greek Mythology that were quite as unlucky as the house of Atreus and the multiple curses that plagued the household over multiple generations. Atreus was the mythical Greek king of Mycenae. He is perhaps...
The Mycenaeans: A Civilization of Bronze Age Greece
Video by Ancient History Encyclopedia

The Mycenaeans: A Civilization of Bronze Age Greece

The Mycenaeans are considered the earliest Greeks, and were a prosperous civilization of the Late Bronze Age on the Greek mainland. This video is an introduction into the history of the Mycenaean civilization, and takes you through the rise...
Interview: Arcadian Days by John Spurling
Interview by Kelly Macquire

Interview: Arcadian Days by John Spurling

Join World History Encyclopedia as they sit down with John Spurling to talk about his new book of Greek mythology retellings Arcadian Days, published by Pegasus Books. Kelly: Thank you so much for joining me to talk about your book Arcadian...
Orestes & Electra
Image by Mark Cartwright

Orestes & Electra

A marble representation of Orestes and Electra, the children of Agamemnon from Greek mythology. They stand before the tomb of their father and are in mourning as indicated by the postures and short hair of Electra. A stele behind Orestes...
Myth of Iphigenia Mosaic, Empuries
Image by Mark Cartwright

Myth of Iphigenia Mosaic, Empuries

A Roman floor mosaic emblemata depicting the myth of Iphigenia and her (almost) sacrifice by Agamemnon, her father, prior to the Trojan War. From a Roman villa, Empuries, 1st century BCE. (Archaeological Museum, Empuries, Spain)
Ancient Greek Literature
Definition by Donald L. Wasson

Ancient Greek Literature

Greek literature has influenced not only its Roman neighbors to the west but also countless generations across the European continent. Greek writers are responsible for the introduction of such genres as poetry, tragedy, comedy, and western...
Ancient Greek Tragedy
Definition by Mark Cartwright

Ancient Greek Tragedy

Greek tragedy was a popular and influential form of drama performed in theatres across ancient Greece from the late 6th century BCE. The most famous playwrights of the genre were Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides and many of their works...
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