Etruscan Women—Dignified, Charming, Literate and Free

Most travelers’ tales from the ancient world have been told by men, so it’s not surprising that their yarns devote special attention to the local women they encounter. The most famous of all those ancient travelers, Homer’s Odysseus, trooped off to Troy in pursuit of Helen of Sparta, lingered nine years on the […]

Is Homer Historical? An Archaeology Odyssey Interview
To Harvard classicist Gregory Nagy, the man we call “Homer” is a myth.

The most influential Homer scholar of our generation is Gregory Nagy, Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature at Harvard University and director of the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C. Nagy has permanently changed our understanding of the Iliad and the Odyssey. No longer can we think of them as ancient “novels” […]

The Cairo Museum
Celebrating a Century of Finds By Zahi Hawass

The artifacts at the Cairo Museum represent the best that ancient Egypt has to offer, including fabulous statues, jewels of glittering gold and precious stones, miles of inscribed and decorated reliefs, the coffins and sarcophagi and mummies of kings, pottery spanning the ages, and countless pieces that are classified as “minor objects” but […]

Roman Latrines
How the Ancients Did Their Business By Ann Olga Koloski-Ostrow

According to the satirist Juvenal (c. 55–130 C.E.), ancient Rome was a nasty place of piercing noises, rotting food, precariously loaded wagons, sweaty crowds and thick mud (or choking dust, depending on the time of year). And things got even worse after dark, when muggers, hoodlums and drunks reigned in the streets. The […]


Origins: Tuning Up
The structure of modern music goes back to the ancient Greeks.
Past Perfect: When the Reindeer-Hunters Came to Cro-Magnon
Edouard Lartet and his son Louis discover relics of human prehistory in the rock-shelters of Les Eyzies, France
Ancient Life: Desert Fruit
A History of Dates