Can a few words capture an entire life? We might perhaps entertain an answer as we contemplate the character and contents of funerary epigrams. Their elegant compositions inscribed on ancient stones have an uncanny power to stimulate our imagination and summon intimate portraits of individuals long gone. One such epigram introduces us to a certain…
Category: Ancient Travellers
“Have You Heard the News?”: Information Flow in the Ancient Mediterranean
Ancient Greece is often thought of as a fragmented and parochial world, where communication was slow and knowledge about what was going on was scarce. But if we take a closer look at the Mediterranean Sea that linked Greek, Phoenician, Italiote, African and Iberian communities in the ancient world, we get quite a different picture of the intensity, variety and speed of ancient mobility and inter-state interaction.
A Greek Egyptian ‘Priest’ in Copenhagen
The marble face of an old man peeks from a corner in a Copenhagen museum. Archaeologist Sabine Neumann identifies him as an Egyptian religious specialist serving both a Greek community and his native gods.