Tag: Ancient History

  • Top 20 Posts and Pages

    Milo just went over the 200,000 hit mark, which is pretty cool. By far the most popular section of this sprawling mess is the Boston Qualifier Questionnaire, which, if you’re a runner, is worth checking out. But in this post, I thought I’d highlight the 20 most popular posts on that aren’t related to the […]

  • Literature Reveals the World: Some Quick Thoughts on Finley’s The World of Odysseus

    The World of Odysseus M.I. Finley A stunning work of social history which uses what we know about the historical time period which produced the Iliad and the Odyssey to help understand these two classics. We need to remember that even to homer, the events of the Iliad and Odyssey were ancient history. His codification […]

  • Book Review: Cline’s The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction

    The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction Eric H. Cline The title says it all. This introduction is focused on the history of the war itself, and the changing nature of our knowledge of it, and doesn’t spend much time on the literary aspects of the works (Iliad, et al) which have arisen around the […]

  • Review: Fox’s The Riddle in the Labyrinth

    The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code Margalit Fox I’ve been fascinated by the story of decipherment of Linear B, the language originally found by Authur Evans on Crete and eventually deciphered by the troubled amateur Michael Ventris, for years. It was a great puzzle — a sort of black […]

  • Review: Beard’s Confronting the Classics

    Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures, and Innovations Mary Beard This is a collection of Beard’s reviews and essays from a number of publications, including many from the New York Review of Books. Organized in rough chronological order from Greece to the present, it is a bit of a hodgepodge. But what a wonderful hodgepodge it […]

  • Milo: Brains versus Brawn

    Classic’s professor Tom Stevenson has written a fascinating piece* parsing the ancient sources for a true record of how many Olympic wins Milo had – was it six… or seven? The whole article is worth a read, if ancient history is your thing, but this part from the introduction really stuck with me: [Milo] became […]

  • The Books I Read in 2012

    Attention conservation notice: this post is long and has nothing to do with working out.  I have kept a list of every book I have read I have read since I was thirteen years old.  Yeah, obsessive record keeping didn’t start with my running log.  Below is a list of every book I read this […]

  • Ephesus, Antinous, and Guide Stories

    You don’t need a guide to visit the wonderfully preserved Roman ruins of Ephesus, but it helps.  The sight lacks much signage and is overwhelmed with tourist.  Having someone to guide us through the crowds, and ensure that we didn’t miss anything, made our day there special.  Our guide, Dicle* was deeply knowledgeable about Ephesus […]

  • Review: Everitt’s Cicero

    Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome’s Greatest Politician Anthony Everitt Odds are, you have heard of Cicero. Considered one of Rome’s greatest orators, his writings are the major influence on how way we remember the last days of the Roman republic. The story of Cicero’s life is the story of end of last years […]