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1922: An Unusual Scheme

In 1922, the Greek government concocted an unusual scheme for dealing with a large deficit in the country’s budget.  Largely caused by the expense of WWI, the deficit had soared exponentially, and the government could neither tax nor borrow itself … Continue reading

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170 AD: Memnon

Portrait of Memnon: Greek, c. 170 AD Memnon was the pupil, protégé, and adopted son of Herodes Atticus, a Greek aristocrat and sophist who served as a senator of the Roman Empire. He was named after the mythological Ethiopian king … Continue reading

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100 AD: Leucippus

Galatea, daughter of Eurytius, who was son of Sparton, married at Phaestus in Crete Pandion’s son, Lamprus, a man of good family but without means. When Galatea became pregnant, Lamprus prayed to have a son and said plainly to his … Continue reading

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600 BC: How Can Someone Not Be Hurt and Hurt Again

πῶϲ κε δή τιϲ οὐ θαμέω̣ϲ̣ἄϲαιτ̣ο, Κύπρι, δέϲπ̣ ̣ο̣ιν̣ ̣’, ὄττινα [δ]η̣ ̀ φιλ̣́ ̣[ηϲι,] [κωὐ] θέλοι μάλιϲτα πάθα̣ν̣χ̣άλ̣[αϲϲαι;] [ποῖ]ον ἔχηϲθα [νῶν] ϲά̣ λοιϲί μ’ ἀλεμά̣τω̣ ̣ϲ̣ δ̣αιϲ̣̈́ δ̣ ̣[ην [ἰμέ]ρω⟨ι⟩ λύ{ι}̣ ϲαντι γ̣όν’ ωμε-̣ [x [ ̣ ̣ ̣] … Continue reading

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5th Century BC: Hermes Kriophoros

Hermes Kriophoros – Roman copy of 5th century BC Greek original “Kriophoros” is Greek for “ram-bearer.” The epithet became associated with the god Hermes in connection with a story from the city of Tanagra, here retold by the traveler and … Continue reading

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4th Century AD: Apollo

Head of Apollo of the Anzio type; Roman copy of a 4th century Greek original.  

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5th Century BC: Zeus Ammon

After the Greeks colonized Cyrenaica—now part of Lybia—and established settlements in the lower Nile Delta, they came to associate Zeus with the Egyptian supreme god Amun-Ra, who was often depicted with the head of a ram. The features of both … Continue reading

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