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Love stories and the history of love

By |2017-08-16T11:56:26+00:00August 16th, 2017|People|

Hades and Persephone in the underworld People have been falling in love for hundreds of thousands of years, since they were monkeys and not really even people yet. And they have been telling stories about famous lovers for probably almost that long. Our earliest love stories go back to about 2500 BC, when [...]

Trojan Horse Story – Greek mythology

By |2017-12-27T12:09:25+00:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Earliest picture of the Trojan Horse story, on a  Greek vase ca. 670 BC The end of the Trojan War After the events of the Iliad and the death of Hector, the Trojan War still wasn't over. Neither the Greeks nor the Trojans seemed to be able to win, until one of the Greek kings, Odysseus of [...]

Cassandra and the fall of Troy

By |2018-04-23T10:13:17+00:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

The Cassandra myth: Ajax the Lesser drags Cassandra away from the statue of Athena Apollo curses Cassandra Cassandra was a priestess of Apollo in Troy before the Trojan War. She was very beautiful, and Apollo saw her and fell in love with her.  He offered her the gift of prophecy (being able to see  what [...]

Plot of the Trojan Women – Euripides

By |2018-04-23T10:13:18+00:00July 11th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Cassandra dragged away from the altar (House of Menander, Pompeii, ca. 70 AD) Euripides lived in ancient Athens. He wrote the Trojan Women in 415 BC during the Peloponnesian War. This was just after the Athenians had killed every man on the island of Melos, and enslaved all the women and children. The play [...]

Agamemnon – a play by Aeschylus

By |2018-04-23T08:09:42+00:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, History|

Athens, about 460 BC, by the Dokimasia Painter (from left to right, Clytemnestra, Aegisthus, Agamemnon, Electra, and Cassandra). Now in the MFA, Boston A play by Aeschylus The Agamemnon is the first of a cycle of three plays written by the Greek playwright Aeschylus. When the play begins, King Agamemnon is still away [...]