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Macedonia: From bad to worse

The White Tower of Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece. Photo (cc) dungodung. I’ve been reading the letter to President Obama signed by various classical scholars regarding the claims over Macedonia, It’s about 50% successful in my case. It’s got me...

Being a citizen

Of all the civilisations of antiquity, the Egyptian seems to me to have been the most pleasant. The excellent protections which desert and sea provide for the Nile valley prevented the excessive development of the spirit of heroism which must often have made life in...

Seven Wonders II: The Parthenon

I said in the previous entry that the seven wonders would be a personal choice. There are plenty of reasons why the Parthenon wouldn’t make the list. It’s hardly intact, especially given the slicing of the monument to ship parts of it to western Europe....

Did ancient Greek women sunbathe?

6th Century BC, Athenian black-figured neck amphora with Satyrs. Photo (cc) Mary Harrsch. I thought the answer was no. There’s a reason for this and it’s due to the proper place of a good woman. For the Greeks a chaste woman would remain in the house as...