Over the last several years, Greek mythology and history were featured in the movies 'Troy', 'Alexander' and most recently '300'. While each of these films attained different levels of commercial success worldwide, the one constant shared was the negative press they received due to their revisionism. The criticisms by the academic community brought an air of legitimacy to their opinions voiced due to their knowledge of these topics. However, on a much wider scale, viewers found fault with the studios' use of 'artistic license', as the complexion of these stories changed due to the liberties taken. The widespread promotion and release garnered much attention to these stories and a renewed interest in the classic literature of Herodotus, Homer, etc. However, left such an indelible impression on students, that what was taught in schools may have been obfuscated by what appeared on screen.
It is acknowledged that movies are produced for entertainment purposes and that ultimately the finished products reflect what studios hope is the most commercially viable version, despite its lack of historical accuracy. Therefore, one of the goals of this site will be to present Greek mythology and history as originally written and translated over the years. It is my intent and hope that this site may be collaborative so that students who visit the Internet will have an alternate resource to supplement their instructor's teachings with materials contained in these pages.
While the following is a sampling of the topics about ancient and modern Greece which will be covered, more will follow in the weeks to come.