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Herakles – Greek mythology

By |2018-04-23T11:38:41+00:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Herakles as a baby, on a red-figure vase from Athens (400s BC) You might think you already know all about Hercules (the Greeks called him Herakles) from watching the Disney movie, but if you read this you'll see that the Greeks told this story very differently! According to the Greeks, Herakles was the son [...]

Parthenon metopes – Greek architecture

By |2018-04-22T10:26:03+00:00July 1st, 2017|Architecture, Greeks|

Metope from the Parthenon On the metopes, just under the roof, Phidias carved the battle between Lapiths (men) and centaurs (the Centauromachy), Greeks against Amazons (Amazonomachy), the gods against the giants (the Gigantomachy) and the sack of Troy. Metope from the Parthenon: Lapith and Centaur All these stories show the greatness [...]