The Life of Aristippus in Diogenes Laertius
Aristippus of Cyrene (c. 435-356 BCE) was a hedonistic Greek philosopher who taught that the meaning of life was pleasure and that the pursuit of pleasure, therefore, was the most noble path one could pursue. Along with Plato, Xenophon, Antisthenes...
The Dolmens of Sicily
It is a well-known fact that Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean sea, went through a quite complex prehistoric period. So much so that it is difficult to navigate through the muddle of people that have followed each other over...
Grief & Consolation in Chaucer's Book of the Duchess
In Geoffrey Chaucer's first major work, The Book of the Duchess (c. 1370 CE), two genres of medieval literature are combined – the French poetic convention of courtly love and the high medieval dream vision – to create a poem of enduring...
Exploring a Battlefield
Depiction of a plague-infested battlefield during the Hundred Years War as depicted in the video game A Plague Tale: Innocence.
Amicia and Hugo de Rune
The fictional characters Amicia de Rune and Hugo de Rune from the video game A Plague Tale: Innocence, set in Medieval France during the plague.
The Ancient Greeks: Crucible of Civilization - Episode 3: Empire of the Mind
EPISODE 3: EMPIRE OF THE MIND The final segment describes how Athens, at the height of her glory, engaged in a suicidal conflict with her greatest rival, Sparta. Through the eyes of Socrates, Athens' first philosopher, viewers see the tragic...
The rich lands of Egypt became the property of Rome after the death of Cleopatra VII in 30 BCE, which spelled the end of the Ptolemaic dynasty that had ruled Egypt since the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BCE. After the murder of Gaius...
Statue of a Sitting figure of Goddess Sekhmet
Sekhemt was a lion goddess, whose name means "the mighty one", and she personified the aggressive aspects of other goddesses. Sekhmet was a daughter of the sun-god Ra. She usually wears the sun-disc on her head. A famous myth recounts how...
A reconstrcution of the girl known as Myrtis, who died from the plague which hit Athens 430-427 BCE. She was buried in the Kerameikos cemetery of the city.
The Wrath of Erra
This 7th-century BCE clay tablet gives the Babylonian account known as the Legend of Erra, the plague god, who slew many Babylonians after the withdrawal of the god Marduk from the city of Babylon.