James Romm is the co-author of The Greek Plays: Sixteen Plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, published on August 23 by the Modern Library.

HISTORY LESSON

Sure, King Tut had a space dagger made from a meteorite. While that seems pretty cool, another kind of metal knife from that period gets historians much more excited.

PAST PRESENT

The ancient Greeks knew a thing or two about life amid tragedy. In his new book Theater of War, how Bryan Doerries’s own grief led him to help today’s vets act out their suffering. 

Old and in the Way

ISIS has blithely destroyed precious antiquities that it says violate the Islamic injunction against idols. But Palmyra’s ruins are more secular. Will ISIS wreck them anyway?

Ancient and Modern

Classicists now enjoy tools slick enough to read scrolls carbonized by volcanoes. But sometimes a great find is revealed by nothing more than a bowl of water and a warm radiator.