among cultures are of greatest interest here, and reading about
ancient cultures is thus reading about other people whose lives
were surely different from our own. The social organization of
-- where a gimpy-legged man could hobble around interrogating
citizens at will -- differs profoundly from today's world beset
with modern media whereby people rarely get to see or literally
hear their critics. How can we today understand the psychology
of the thousands of Egyptian workers who, apparently
unquestioningly, spent their lives dragging great blocks of
stone across burning sands in the construction of staggering
pyramidal edifices whose completion took many lifetimes?
Interestingly, these differences may help us better to see --
and know -- the limits of our culture and the limits of our
language and experience.
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The borders of ancient empires
kept changing. Consulting these maps will help you
figure out whether, in the period you're researching,
the land was Roman, Greek, or something else.
Ancient Greece, the birthplace
of democracy, also produced tragedy, philosophy, and
realistic sculpture. Learn about these, the society,
and the leaders of Athens and Sparta.
of the Sun and Moon
Encyclopedias to look up the
names of fanciful creatures and the gods of ancient
mythologies, as well as resources on sun and moon gods.
Colleges and universities
offering undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs
in Classics and Ancient History -- or at least
concentrations in those areas.
Whether it's mummies, pharaohs,
hieroglyphs, scarab beetles, pyramids, sphinxes, or
just the romantic horror movies, there's something
about Egypt for everyone.
The Roman Atlas shows the
expanding and then diminishing borders of the Roman
Empire, and individual maps of many Roman provinces.
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Words of inspiration to start
your day from Horace, Seneca, Pubilius Syrus,
Aeschylus, Euripides, or Ovid.
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Nepos: Hannibal (Thomas's revision of John Rolfe's
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Panegyricus de sexto consulatu Honorii Augusti
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den Unterricht, antike Philosophie usw.
When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D., it buried two towns. One
of these was Pompeii, now among the most familiar archaeological
sites in the world. The other was Herculaneum, a seaside resort
which was home to the villas of wealthy Romans who would come to
the beautiful Bay of Naples to escape the heat and hubbub of the
1752 workers tunneling into a large, wealthy villa which would have
overlooked the Bay in antiquity discovered a large number of what
appeared to be sticks of charcoal, some of them bundled together.
Upon closer inspection, these sticks proved to be rolls of the ancient
writing material papyrus. Numerous attempts to open these rolls
and read their contents failed, due to their extreme fragility and
the fact that they were burnt by the ca. 300 degree Celsius volcanic
flow, compressed by the weight of rubble and mud, and congealed
by water. Eventually, several hundred of the rolls were partly cut
apart and partly unrolled. Most turned out to be works of Epicurean
philosophy, with books by the first century B.C. Epicurean philosopher
Philodemus of Gadara, who came to Italy around 80 B.C., especially
well represented. Apparently, the Villa of the Papyri contained
an extensive library, a significant part of which was formed by
a library of Epicurean texts, some of which were present in more
than one copy.
Project is an international effort which aims, supported by a
major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and
by the generous contributions of individuals and participating
universities, to reconstruct new texts of Philodemus' works on
Poetics, Rhetoric, and Music. These texts will be published,
along with translations and notes, in a series of volumes by
Oxford University Press.