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12 07, 2017

What is an agon? Greek philosophy

By |2019-01-18T14:22:27-07:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Philosophy|0 Comments

An example of an agon: Black-figure amphora by Exekias showing Achilles and Ajax playing checkers What is an agon? The word agon in Greek is the root of our word "agony", and it means a fight. The Greeks tended to see pretty much everything that happened as a fight between two sides, even [...]

6 07, 2017

Ancient Greek Olympic games

By |2018-04-22T22:39:20-07:00July 6th, 2017|Games, Greeks|2 Comments

The temple of Hera in Olympia, Elis, Greece Once every four years, men from all over Greece came to compete in a great athletic festival in Elis, in western Greece (The men wouldn't let women compete). This was called the Olympic games because the place was called Olympia. The Olympic Games were a [...]

6 07, 2017

Ancient Greek games: what did people play?

By |2019-07-20T23:29:10-07:00July 6th, 2017|Greeks|1 Comment

Greek games: Discobolos (the Discus Thrower) (This is a Roman copy; the Greek one didn't last) Athletic competitions The Greeks took games of all kinds very seriously, but especially physical athletic competition. The Greeks believed that their gods especially loved to see strong, fit, graceful human bodies, especially boys' and men's bodies. The [...]

3 07, 2017

Who was Exekias? Black figure vase painting

By |2019-06-03T07:24:17-07:00July 3rd, 2017|Art, Greeks|0 Comments

Black-figure amphora by Exekias showing Achilles and Ajax playing checkers A famous vase painter One of the most famous Greek black-figure vase painters was called Exekias (ex-EEK-ee-us). Exekias was from Athens. We know his name because he used to write it on his vases, "Exekias painted this vase." The Berlin Painter Black figure [...]