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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 [...]

Pelias and Medea – After the Golden Fleece

By |2017-07-16T00:57:48+00:00July 16th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Medea makes the old ram young again (Athens, 400s BC) When Jason and Medea got home with the Golden Fleece, the bad king Pelias still didn't want to hand over power to his nephew. So Medea thought up a great magic plan to get rid of Pelias. She told Pelias' daughters she could make [...]

Golden Fleece – Jason and the Argonauts

By |2017-07-15T04:17:53+00:00July 15th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Jason gets the Golden Fleece Just as Jason was being born, his evil uncle Pelias overthrew his father and became king. Jason's mother hid him, and when he grew up, he came back and demanded his throne. Pelias agreed to give back the kingship, but first, he said, Jason should go on a [...]

Medea – Euripides – Summary

By |2018-04-23T09:05:34+00:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Medea: Creusa gets her new magic dress from a slave The Greek playwright Euripides wrote the play Medea in Athens, in the late 400s BC. It's about the opposition, the agon, between Greeks and barbarians, where the Greeks are rational, controlled people, and the barbarians are irrational, passionate, unthinking. In this way, the play [...]

Ancient Corinth – Mycenaean and Archaic

By |2017-07-06T22:57:53+00:00July 6th, 2017|Government, Greeks, History|

Corinth, with the high city - Akrocorinth - in the background Corinth was a town right where southern Greece and northern Greece come together. It was certainly a Mycenaean city, because Mycenaean pottery has been found in excavations at Corinth. In Greek mythology, Corinth (CORE-inth) was where Jason and Medea lived. During the [...]