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Ancient History Competition 53

Which 4th cent. BC tyrant had the same name as a philosopher of the same era? »

Today in Ancient History

509 BC On the Ides of September the temple of Jupiter on Rome’s Capitoline Hill was dedicated. »

Ancient history competition 51

In ancient Athens there was a catchphrase for people who were missing: “He is either dead or teaching school”. What did it mean? »

Ancient History Competition 49

Manolis came up today with a very exciting question. Give it a try! Sophocles, Aristotle, Euclid, Eratosthenes, Theognis, Aeschines. Besides being some of the most famous writers and scientists of antiquity, what did all these people have in common? »

The Syrian closed currency system in the Roman empire

“Most researchers believe that Egypt was the only closed currency system in the Roman world, e.g. a system in which the fluctuation of currency is restricted due to strict governmental control. In actual fact, there is another well developed closed currency system in the east, the provinces of wider Syria. The local silver coinage, the tetradrachm, was used exclusively in the markets of the Syrian cities. Their complete absence from excavations in neighbouring Asia Minor and Cyprus is prom... »

Ancient history competition 47

This byzantine emperor first had the Patriarch of Constantinople whipped, blinded and paraded on a donkey in the streets of the city. Then he just… restored him to his position! Who was this emperor? »

Ancient History Competition 46

Which Sicilian city used to bear the name of its 3rd cent. BC founder, who happened to be a tyrant? »

Ancient History Competition 45

What did Nicanor, Nero and Flamininus have in common? »

Ancient History Competition 44

What is the connection between Tiberius Gracchus and the uprising of Aristonikos? »

Karl Lagerfeld supports Classics

Karl Lagerfeld is not just a fashion designer and famous photographer. He also seems to be a fervent supporter of teaching Greek and Latin in Schools. In a recent interview he claimed that learning ancient languages is imperative, since modern languages and civilisations are based on them. His artistic tendencies seem to idealise the ancient world. Yesterday in Moschow he revealed the new Pirelli calendar, whose photos combine his passion for natural beauty with Greek and Roman deities. When jou... »

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