All posts in Greek History

The Old Men of Ancient Warfare

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Modern preconceptions of ancient warfare place significant emphasis on the virtues of youth. This is a clear misconception however, experience and teamwork counted for far more in battle. As I discovered, soldiers who fought into their sixties were not unheard of (e.g. the Silver Shields).

This articles discusses three examples of  the ‘elder generations‘ who excelled at the brutal art of ancient warfare.

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Alexander the Great Exhibition in Sydney 2012

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An exhibition on Alexander the Great is about to descend on the Australia Museum in Sydney from The State Hermitage in Russia.

The exhibit will display over 400 objects from classical antiquity relating to the reign of Alexander the Great.

Stricly for a limited time, this exhibition will open on November 24th 2012 and end on April 28th 2013.

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The Symbolism of the Athenian Owl

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It is often in unexpected places that we find references to classical antiquity. Today, while catching up on another favourite past time (comics), I stumbled upon a reference to classical Greece in a major story arc of Batman.

The reference was to the symbol of an Athenian Owl. Subsequent research revealed it to be a symbol for the goddess Athena, a popular coin in the ancient world and a natural predator of bats.

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SEO and Digital Archaeology

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The AIRC Unlisted Conference recently featured a video on Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) in Digital Archaeology. This naturally sparked my interest as someone who is interested in both archaeology and search engine optimisation.

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10 Idioms from the Ancient World

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Idioms are a collection of words whom’s meaning is not easily discernible from them individually. Only through usage and context are they given a meaning that is different from the words themselves (e.g. it is raining cats and dogs).

These sayings are woven into our language and their origins are often unknown to the speaker. Some can even tell us about the historical past as demonstrated in the following 10 idioms from Hebrew, Greek and Roman origin.

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