Everybody names sports teams after the Spartans even though they were losers, but isn’t it high time we gave it up for the Thebans.
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.
A world power mired in the Middle East: The Rome/U.S. parallels are inescapable and tantalizing—and cluelessly handled in this chariot ride to nowhere.
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.
An archeologist claims to have discovered the final resting place of the Greek philosopher. He’s probably wrong, but it will be surely be good for business for the locals.
What’s behind the epic rush to put Homer’s ancient text into new modern editions?
Mary Beard has shaken the dust off the Classics world with her vivid vision. With her new book SPQR, she sees our modern life in the empire’s everyday people.
The grave of the Griffin Warrior may unlock the mysteries of a Bronze Age era that precedes all written records.
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.
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?
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.