History

Xenophon’s Anabasis: Historical Context

The Anabasis by the Athenian soldier, historian and philosopher Xenophon, describes the events of 401 BCE when ten thousand Greek mercenaries joined the army of Cyrus, the younger brother of the Persian King Artaxerxes, in Cyrus’ attempt to supplant his brother as king. This post provides a brief historical context to that work. Read more

The Essential Ship | Part 1: The Dipylon Vase

During the Geometric period potters start to enrich the decorations of vases with forms of people, animals and—in the so-called Orientalizing style—with lions, panthers, rosettes, palmettes and lotus flowers. Lastly, in the Late Geometric Period, the artists start to communicate with the viewer by adding narrative content into the decorations. This content includes depictions of ships. Read more