Baroque Myriam

Were the Cyclops a Civilization?

The Cyclops mentioned in Hesiod’s Theogony and Homer’s Odyssey were one-eyed giants who came from the god Uranus and goddess Gaia. Read More


Gelido in ogni vena — Farnace (Vivaldi)

‘Gelido in ogni vena’ was originally composed by Leonardo Vinci in 1724, for his opera Farnace. Vivaldi later changed the music and put it in his own opera. Handel did the same thing. Read More

The Iliad

The Iliad is a beautiful poem that begins half way into the tragic, ten-year Trojan War. It was written by the blind Greek poet Homer, anywhere from the 12th to 7th century, as historians are not sure when Homer lived.

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In southern Greece, from around the year 5000 – 1100 B.C., there bloomed a civilization called Mycenae. When German archeologist Heinrich Schliemann discovered, on the banks of Turkey, in the late 19th century, ancient Troy, he went further and excavated grave sites in Mycenae to uncover the burial mask of Agamemnon, the mythical Mycenaean king who fought in the Trojan War. Read More

Minoan Civilization

When British archeologist Arthur Evans discovered in the early 20th century the remains of an ancient, mysterious civilization on the island of Crete, he realized he had found something even more unknown than Troy. Evans began to decipher writings that he had found, later called Linear A, and he realized he had stumbled upon the unknown Minoan civilization that had flourished from around 2700 to 1450 B.C. Read More