The Areopagus

The Areopagus, or Hill of Ares, is just to the west as you leave the Acropolis. It was important to the Athenians for a number of reasons. Myth One myth tells how the Amazons, who were Theseus’ enemies, camped on the hill and dedicated it to Ares, the god of war. The 5thC BC playwrightContinue reading “The Areopagus”

The Tomb of Agamemnon

The Tomb of Agamemnon is one of a number of ‘beehive’ tombs found in the vicinity of the ancient site of Mycenae. It is by far the best preserved of these tholos tombs, although the others are worth a visit as well. The ‘Beehive’ tombs Altogether nine of these tombs have been unearthed at Mycenae.Continue reading “The Tomb of Agamemnon”


“Mycenae rich in gold” So wrote (or sang) Homer about Mycenae, as he told the story of the conflict between the ancient Greeks and Trojans. Who has not heard of the exploits of Achilles, or the Wooden Horse of Troy? And the leader of the Greeks, King Agamemnon, was king of Mycenae. He led theContinue reading “Mycenae”

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