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What is an agon? Greek philosophy

By |2018-04-23T09:43:25+00:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Philosophy|

An example of an agon: Black-figure amphora by Exekias showing Achilles and Ajax playing checkers 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 things that seem to [...]

What games did people play in ancient Greece?

By |2017-09-23T11:50:09+00:00July 6th, 2017|Games, Greeks|

Discobolos (the Discus Thrower) (This is a Roman copy; the Greek one didn't last) 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. So one way to get [...]

Who was Exekias? Black figure vase painting

By |2018-04-15T16:07:16+00:00July 3rd, 2017|Art, Greeks|

Black-figure amphora by Exekias showing Achilles and Ajax playing checkers 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." Unfortunately, we don't know anything else about him; whether [...]