Monthly Archives: November 2018
A blazing hot summer haiku in Linear B: The golden lion, Potnia Mistress of the Wild and... (Click to ENLARGE): I think this ferocity of this haiku speaks for itself. But who dies, the hunter or the lion? And does Potnia Therion, The Mistress of the Wild Beasts, really care that much who does, any more than any of the other great gods of Olympus were to care in later centuries about humans and their paltry world? She holds two snakes. Death can go either way.Richard
Lovely Haiku from Richard Vallance.
“For the Spartans, it wasn’t walls or magnificent public buildings that made a city; it was their own ideals. In essence, Sparta was a city of the head and the heart. And it existed in its purest form in the disciplined march of a hoplite phalanx on their way to war!”
– Bettany Hughes, writer/historian.
BRASIDAS’ NORTHERN CAMPAIGN
The Spartan commander Brasidas arrived in Macedonia at the head of a small Army of allies and freed (and trained) helot-hoplites, called neodamodes. His purpose was to break the Athenian’s hold on the northern Aegean coast; and, ultimately, to capture Byzantium, thus severing Athens’ vital grain supply from the Black Sea region.
Immediately, tensions developed between the Spartan general and his ally, the Macedonian king Perdiccas II.
Macedonia in the…
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