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Sub for posts about Ancient Greek history, archaeology, language, philosophy, art, poetry, theatre - anything interesting about the culture and history of the ancient Hellenes, from around 1500 BCE until the demise of the Ancient World (approximately 400 CE).

This is a history sub, so try to keep it on topic. Conspiracies, memes and pseudo history are not welcome.

So Χαίρετε to you all!

"The road up and the road down are one and the same." - Heraclitus c.540 - c.480 BC

This is a sub for posts about Ancient Greek history, archaeology, language, philosophy, art, poetry, theatre - basically anything interesting about the culture and history of the ancient Hellenes.

Their culture went through many phases, but essentially we are talking about the Hellenic speaking peoples of Europe, Asia and Africa from around 1500 BCE until the demise of the Ancient World (approximately 400 CE).

Remember though that this is a history sub, so try to keep it on topic. Conspiracies, memes and pseudo history are not welcome, and posters of this will be banned.

So Χαίρετε to you all!

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Trojan War Epic Cycle - Set to Music using Ancient Mediterranean Instruments

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2024/04/23
04:03 UTC

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Labyrinth & Lyre -- D&D in ancient Greece -- 3 days left!

If you're a fan of both Greek mythology and Dungeons and Dragons, like I am, you will definitely want to check out Labyrinth & Lyre, an authentic ancient Greek setting for D&D 5e.

Only 3 days remain in the Kickstarter! Give it a look https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jclira/labyrinth-and-lyre-rulebook-adventure-book-for-dandd-5e

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2024/04/23
01:57 UTC

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How Greeks REALLY fought - Modeling Greek Warfare

Very good 👍

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2024/04/22
20:46 UTC

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Some video I've watched.

Maybe it's not about greeece but it's also interesting. Some video about acient Rome.
https://youtu.be/Acxmpy_UUEM

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2024/04/22
18:39 UTC

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Questions asked to the Oracle of Dodona.

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2024/04/22
12:06 UTC

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Who are the goddesses next to Hermes?

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2024/04/21
18:07 UTC

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Who/what is the figure on this ring?

I inherited this ring from my Greek grandpa; it's been in my family for quite some time. I have worn it most of my adult life, and always figured it was a Greek soldier or some sort. Does anyone have an idea on who or what this figure might represent? Thanks in advance!

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2024/04/21
17:07 UTC

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Question regarding Ancient Greece and the concept of “Hellenes” among the Greek city-states in the 5th century.

I am currently reading Thucydides right now and am struck by a few mentions of Hellenes in certain political debates described by Thucydides.

A few times, there may be a mention of “the law of Hellenes” or some other reference towards Greece as a whole nation. It seems that the Spartan Alliance really drove home the idea that Athens was a threat to the stability and freedom of Greece and its city-states.

But this begs the question: What sort of relationship did Greek city-states have with the concept of a “unified” or “whole” Hellenes? It seems to me that many Greek city-states honed in their own cultural personalities and beliefs, but still considered themselves to be part of Hellenes.

What was it that helped maintain this connection to a greater Hellenes within each individual city-state?

How potent was the cultural image of Hellenes within these Greek city-states?

To me it seems that the Greek civil war just totally hindered the progress of Greece as one nation, due to two major Greek powers fighting for supremacy within Greece.

If anyone has any input or can recommend me further reading please share :) thank you

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2024/04/19
22:25 UTC

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Naxos Olympic Flame: Giving Voice to the Desire of "Truce" as established in Ancient Greece

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2024/04/19
17:21 UTC

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A tyrant, a poet and the awkward truth.

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2024/04/19
07:21 UTC

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The Rise and Fall of Demetrius Soter | Seleucid History

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2024/04/18
16:22 UTC

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Are there no detailed histories of the other Greek city states?

Apart from Athens, Sparta, Thebes, and to a degree, Syracuse.

Are there any accounts of Corinth, Argos, Megara, Miletus and others? Aside from mentions by Herodotus, Thucydides and the other primary sources I mean.

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2024/04/17
15:02 UTC

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Can anyone identify this artifact?

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2024/04/17
14:15 UTC

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The Sandal

I have seen depictions somewhere (pottery) of the sandal being used in a sexual context, is this right? Did men use to spank their women with their sandals in ancient greece?

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2024/04/17
05:29 UTC

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Young Hercules. I don't know if bad drawings are allowed on this sub but here it is.

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2024/04/16
16:45 UTC

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Books or videos on pre-democratic Athens? Specifically the development of Democracy and the legal system between 800 and 450 BCE.

I'm trying to learn more about the origins of human legal systems and this era is seemingly hard to find books on... It seems strange I'm having a tough time.

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2024/04/16
00:32 UTC

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New Labyrinth & Lyre cinematic trailer dropped

I hope there are some folks on this /r who, like me, love both ancient Greece and Dungeons and Dragons. Labyrinth & Lyre is my passion project, an authentic ancient Greece setting for 5th edition D&D. Even if this isn’t your cup of ouzo I hope you’ll click through to enjoy the cinematic trailer.

Get in on the action here!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jclira/labyrinth-and-lyre-rulebook-adventure-book-for-dandd-5e

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2024/04/15
23:03 UTC

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What is the best version of Demosthenes: On the Crown?

I like versions which include introductions and notes such as The Landmark Editions or The Penguin Classics do

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2024/04/15
20:16 UTC

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A statue of Artemis (small) hugging a statue of Athena (big)

They were found in 1959 at Pireaus, Greece. They where buried in this position at some point in the 1st century BCE. Along them, there was a statue of Apollo, and a coin of Mithridates the 6th, which provides the date they where buried.

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2024/04/15
18:14 UTC

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Second episode on ancient Sicily, this one deals with several Greek tyrants.

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2024/04/15
07:48 UTC

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I need help researching the celtic invasion of greece in 279 b.c.

The celtic invasion of greece is arguably one of the lesser known periods of the Hellenistic era, and what little documentation we have about it, we do mainly through the historian Pausanias who lived about four hundred years after the events he was describing. I am mostly interested in either reading any of his works in person or in books that contain a retelling of the invasion by a historian who loved closer to when it occurred.

If anyone has any related book recommendations I'd be greatful

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2024/04/14
23:02 UTC

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What's this piece of cloth(?) attached to the hoplite's shield?

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2024/04/14
18:35 UTC

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Researching the library of Alexandria, What were "the 10 divisions of Hellenic Knowledge"?

in researching the library of alexandria, one author writes that there were 10 halls for the 10 divisions of Hellenic Knowledge

"A covered marble colonnade connected the Museum with an adjacent stately building, also in white marble and stone, architecturally harmonious, indeed forming an integral part of the vast pile, dedicated to learning by the wisdom of the first Ptolemy in following the advice and genius of Demetrios of Phaleron. This was the famous Library of Alexandria, the "Mother" library of the Museum, the Alexandriana, truly the foremost wonder of the ancient world. Here in ten great Halls, whose ample walls were lined with spacious armaria, numbered and titled, were housed the myriad manuscripts containing the wisdom, knowledge, and information, accumulated by the genius of the Hellenic peoples. Each of the ten Halls was assigned to a separate department of learning embracing the assumed ten divisions of Hellenic knowledge as may have been found in the Catalogue of Callimachus of Greek Literature in the Alexandrian Library, the farfamed Pinakes. The Halls were used by the scholars for general research, although there were smaller separate rooms for individuals or groups engaged in special studies." (https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Alexandria_Library)

so, what ARE the 10 divisions of hellenic knowledge? it can't possibly be all related to philosophy, or if it is, which ones?

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2024/04/14
04:17 UTC

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Ancient Greek and Ancient Egyptian Musical Connections? - Excerpt from “The Rise of Music in the Ancient World” by Curt Sachs

I’ve come across an interesting excerpt in a book on ancient music. A Roman era general describes Egyptians as playing an “orgonon trigonon enharmonion” which is a triangular harp instrument in the enharmonic scale of Ancient Greece. When I heard it it was a very eerie and beautiful scale, almost reminiscent of the Ambassel scale from Ethiopia. It is unfortunate that this scale has fallen out of fashion in Greece, perhaps it was seen as too odd as time went by.

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2024/04/13
23:32 UTC

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I recognize Demeter, who are the other two?

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2024/04/13
20:43 UTC

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Is this anyone specific or a generic Ancient Greek woman?

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2024/04/13
20:43 UTC

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Books on Leonidas?

I really like reading history books that are told in more of a story way, i think i learn better that way. I'm currently reading Gate of Fire by steven pressfield because i wanted to learn more about the 300 but i was wondering if anyone knew of any books about Leonidas growing up and his life maybe told in a novel way?

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2024/04/12
19:17 UTC

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Best complete histories of ancient greece?

Ideally I'm looking for something that is both entertaining and mostly correct. But I will sacrifice some correctness for entertainments sake. Long discussions about how to interpret x is too boring. Ideally something like Norwich's trilogy on Byzantine history. So something like 1-2k pages of narrative history. Does something like that exist for Ancient Greece (or perhaps some select parts of it)?

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2024/04/09
18:02 UTC

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I went to the city of Troy and fun girled over it!

https://medium.com/@AnoverthinkingLondoner/the-lost-city-of-troy-does-it-still-spark-wonder-70155b8a88e4?sk=104743abe93d80afe3e942b177a86f4d

Wrote a bigger piece on medium with photos (friends link, i dont get paid), but wanted to know, did anyone else go there and feel "wow I am here!". Also, advise about any more books to add to my growing collection! Also Also! IT WAS INCREDIBLE!

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2024/04/09
06:24 UTC

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