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4 09, 2017

Castor and Pollux – Roman religion

By |2019-03-05T21:01:16-07:00September 4th, 2017|Greeks, Religion, Romans|0 Comments

Castor and Pollux - the Dioscuri - on a votive plaque from Tarentum in southern Italy Who are Castor and Pollux? Castor and Pollux were originally Greek gods, but when the Romans were fighting the Etruscans in 496 BC, the Roman soldiers saw visions of Castor and Pollux fighting on their side. Who were the Etruscans? More [...]

15 07, 2017

Iphigeneia in Aulis – Euripides – ancient Greece

By |2019-09-24T05:02:20-07:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|0 Comments

Iphigeneia brought to the sacrifice (Pompeii, ca. 79 AD) Menelaus, Agamemnon, and their oath When Helen ran off with Paris, her husband Menelaus, the king of Sparta, was very upset. He went to visit his older brother, Agamemnon (ag-a-MEM-non), the king of Mycenae. Menelaus reminded Agamemnon about the oath that all the suitors swore when they were fighting over who would marry Helen. Who [...]

15 07, 2017

Helen of Troy – the Trojan War

By |2019-03-29T20:39:58-07:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|0 Comments

Kidnapping Helen of Troy (from Pompeii) Who was Helen of Troy? Helen, the daughter of Zeus and the queen of Sparta, was the most beautiful young woman in the world. She lived in Sparta with her mother and her father, the king of Sparta, and her half-sister, Clytemnestra. More about Clytemnestra Judgment of Paris Summary of the Iliad [...]

14 07, 2017

Cassandra and the fall of Troy

By |2019-09-17T11:39:17-07:00July 14th, 2017|Greeks|2 Comments

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 [...]

10 07, 2017

Libation Bearers – Aeschylus – Summary

By |2018-04-23T08:14:56-07:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|0 Comments

Libation Bearers: Orestes This is the second of a cycle of three plays written by the Greek playwright Aeschylus. Some time has passed since the murder of Agamemnon. Agamemnon's children, Orestes and Electra, have grown up with their mother Clytemnestra and their stepfather Aegisthus. But they are very unhappy, because they know their [...]

10 07, 2017

Eumenides – Aeschylus – Summary

By |2019-06-01T14:01:26-07:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|0 Comments

Orestes kills Clytemnestra Third in a trilogy The Eumenides is the third of a cycle of three plays written by the Greek playwright Aeschylus. Who was Aeschylus? Agamemnon Curse of Atreus Greek literature All our ancient Greece articles What's the backstory? When Orestes kills his mother, Clytemnestra, the Furies (the Eumenides: you-MEN-ih-dees) attack [...]

9 07, 2017

Agamemnon – a play by Aeschylus

By |2019-01-18T10:39:53-07:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, History|0 Comments

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. Who was Aeschylus? More Greek literature All our Ancient [...]