Ancient History

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  • 27 Mar 2024
    Corinne Bonnet

    Gods in a nutshell: divine names in the ancient Mediterranean world

    Thales of Miletus, in the 6th century BCE, asserted that “everything is full of gods”. In his view, even inanimate things were in fact animate. His vision of the world, taken up by Plato, implies the presence of an infinite number of divinities in the kosmos, which is also inhabited by human beings. The complexity […]

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  • 19 Mar 2024
    Roy van Wijk

    No one hates like a Greek neighbour? Athens and Boiotia in a different perspective

    Anyone who has ever watched the Six Nations in Rugby or the World Cup in Football probably is familiar with the sentiment of beating a neighbouring country or rival brings among the faithful. What these competitions show is how overcoming a detested neighbour in head-to-head contests can provide incomparable feelings of victory. Is this feeling […]

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  • 19 Mar 2024
    Sebastian Scharff

    Agonistic Cultures and Self-Presentation

    By exploring how athletic champions wanted their victories to be understood, “Hellenistic Athletes” sheds new light on the relationship of sport, society and politics in the Greek world. Read the full blog post by author Sebastian Scharff: A Gateway to the Mindsets of Greek Athletes The exclusion of Russian athletes from athletic contests is a […]

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  • 13 Feb 2024
    David M. Pritchard


    French people are often surprised that foreigners come to France to study ancient Greece. It is easy for them to understand why foreign philosophers might go there. It is a matter of genuine national pride that ‘French theory’ conquered the Anglophone world in the 1980s. But few French realise that among foreign historians of ancient […]

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  • 28 Aug 2023
    Maria Gerolemou, George Kazantzidis

    Rethinking the Human Body: Human-Machinic Intersections in the Greco-Roman World

    How modern is the concept of a posthuman, mechanical body which extends beyond its flesh and skin and interacts with inorganic material to the extent of blurring the boundaries between its deep nature and that of the inanimate objects and technological artefacts that surround it? Can the function of a human body be fully explained […]

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  • 29 May 2023
    Seth Bernard

    Reframing Rome and Italy during the early Roman expansion

    What are the effects of empire-building, and how can we study them? With Making the Middle Republic, my two co-editors and I present a collection of papers emphasizing the importance of the fourth and third centuries BCE to the broader development of Republican Rome and Italy. This period saw the earliest phases of Roman imperial […]

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  • 24 May 2023
    Lea Niccolai

    Christianity, Philosophy, and Roman Power:Constantine, Julian and the Bishops on Exegesis and Empire

    The young Augustine was repelled by the Gospels. Or so he says, at least, in a passage from the Confessions (3.5.9) in which he reflects on his former, ‘inflated pride’. The student of rhetoric in love with Latin literature struggled to accept a written style that he perceived as ‘unworthy’ of his Marcus Tully (Cicero). […]

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  • 3 Feb 2023
    Lindsey A. Mazurek

    Moving Gods: Isis’ Journey to Greece in the Roman Empire

    The Roman Empire was constantly in motion. People, products, and ideas crisscrossed the Mediterranean at what must have seemed like lightning speed. One of these ideas was the worship of the Egyptian gods Isis and Sarapis, which first appeared in Greece in the late 4th century BCE. By the reign of the Roman emperor Hadrian […]

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