Ultimate Girl Power

The trireme The foundation of Athens’ power was her formidable navy. While most other Greek city-states could only afford a couple of dozen triremes, the Athenian Navy could deploy more than 200 triremes (!) We’re lucky enough to have full catalogs of names of warships of the Navy of Ancient Athens. Check out some ofContinue reading “Ultimate Girl Power”

Women’s empowerment: Sparta. Gorgo’s world

Throughout human history (sadly up until the 20th century) women have been denied fundamental rights. The right to gain property, the right to vote, reproductive rights, the right to speak, etc, etc. There are very few exceptions. One of the most famous ones: the ancient city-state of Sparta. Spartan women received education, they trained inContinue reading “Women’s empowerment: Sparta. Gorgo’s world”

Ostracism & Aristides

The most honorable man of Athens according to Herodotus: Aristides. His sense of morality, justice, and prudence, made him famous all over the Greek world.  He was reputed to be so fair-minded, that he was known to everyone as Aristides ‘the Just’ (dikaios). He was so scrupulously honest that, in spite of the wealth thatContinue reading “Ostracism & Aristides”