Category Archives: Greece

The role of women in Greek Tragedies

Considering the time period and the depiction of women in other Ancient Literature – like the Bible – women in Greek tragedies often take surprising character roles. They are depicted as heroic and powerful. Although most of them still retain … Continue reading

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Books by the Center for Hellenic Studies

The following list includes some books that were made available through the generosity of their authors and/or publishers; some which have fallen out of print, but which remain foundational for the discipline; and some which are being published here for … Continue reading

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Voluntary taxation: a lesson from the Ancient Greeks

I imagine a progressive tax – in other words, a tax that falls on those most able to pay; a tax that results in the rich paying – quite voluntarily – more than they are obliged, instead of trying to … Continue reading

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Euripides (c. 484-407 BCE) was one of the greatest authors of Greek tragedy. In 5th century BCE Athens his classic works such as Medeia cemented his reputation for clever dialogues, fine choral lyrics and a gritty realism in both his … Continue reading

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Ancient Greek Comedy

Ancient Greek comedy was a popular and influential form of theatre performed across ancient Greece from the 6th century BCE. The most famous playwrights of the genre were Aristophanes and Menander and their works, and those of their contemporaries, poked … Continue reading

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Ancient Greek Science

By careful thinking based upon observation, some ancient Greeks realized that it was possible to find regularities and patterns hidden in nature and that those regularities were the key to unlocking the secrets of the universe. It became evident that … Continue reading

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Looking to Ancient Wisdom for Guidance on Refugee Crisis

Athens prided itself on welcoming the needy from other parts of the Greek world. Athenian myth dwells on how their ancestors offered sanctuary to those bullied by other cities, and these were repeated in the political arena. According to the … Continue reading

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