When People Lived at Petra

It seems no work of Man’s creative hand, By labor wrought as wavering fancy planned; But from the rock as if by magic grown, Eternal, silent, beautiful, alone! Not virgin-white like that old Doric shrine, Where erst Athena her rites divine; Not saintly-grey, like many a minster fane, That crowns the hill and consecrates […]

Hero, king, god and striving man By Tzvi Abusch

“See the tablet-box of cedar, Release its clasps of bronze! Lift the lid of its secret, Pick up the tablet of lapis lazuli and read out the Travails of Gilgamesh, all that he went through.” (SB Tablet I, 24–28) No figure is more familiar—or more fascinating—in ancient Near Eastern mythology than the hero called […]

Realms of Silver and Gold
The art of the Thracians By Sudip Bose

Ares and Orpheus—the belligerent Greek war god and the greatest of mythical poets—might seem like polar opposites. But they have one thing in common: Their legendary birthplace was ancient Thrace. That Ares was linked to Thrace is not surprising. Homer, Herodotus and Thucydides all praised the fierce, warlike Thracians, tribes that inhabited the towering […]


Editors’ Page: Time and Change
Gilgamesh, too, must die By Hershel Shanks
Origins: The First Act
What do Shakespeare, Ibsen and Hollywood have in common? An irredeemable debt to ancient Greek theater. By Rush Rehm
Past Perfect: Into the Labyrinth
Drawing on Greek myth, Pablo Picasso explored his inner demons.
Destinations: In Pursuit of the Elusive Bird Mosaic
On the outskirts of Jerusalem’s oldest Armenian neighborhood, you’ll find a ramshackle junkyard with a beautiful floor. By Noga Tarnopolsky
Ancient Life
Babylocentricity: An ancient map of the universe
The Forum
The vote’s now in: Up with the Garamantes (the Yarmukians, too).
Briefly Noted
Coffee table collectibles