A look at TAcitus’ Annals 1.10

This particular chapter in Annals of Tacitus is very interesting, especially because it is largely made up of a speech placed in the mouth of anonymous crowds, introduced by “dicebantur contra” in which Tacitus proposes an alternative view of the events leading to the ascension of Augustus to the imperial purple. There also certain themes…

My views on Dido

To what extent do we have sympathy for Dido? Dido has often been viewed as the tragic heroine in the Aeneid. Book four is where we see an in depth and extensive change in our character but also the first true and last insight to what Dido was like. Dido suffers from something that no…

Death in Athens

Why do Greek stelai leave the viewer with all the work to extrapolate information? Are they portraits or standard representations of Athenian views of death? To commemorate the life of a dead individual in Ancient Greece, richer families commissioned the production of a stele, which was then placed to mark the grave of the prominent…

Why build the Parthenon?

What motivated the building of the Parthenon? The Parthenon has long been an object of observation and admiration but also one of indifference and even contempt. It has been described as “so large… so strong… so triumphant” by Virginia Woolf, and yet Pausanias, on his many travels, writes that on his trip to Athens he…

How to… Build a temple

What considerations does an architect have to take into account when planning a temple? A building as important or as big as a temple must have been a huge undertaking especially in Ancient Greece due to the fact that a lot of money was spent on buildings, as well as their significance within a deeply…

Exploited by Ovid, Ars Amatoria 1

In what ways does Ovid exploit myth in Ars Amatoria 1? The employment of stories from mythology, or variations of those stories, is very common in love elegy. Poet-lovers from Catullus to Propertius have used myths to embellish their work while simultaneously illustrating an important point that they are trying to make. Ovid, while using…