Homer, the Iliad and the Odyssey, and the Bronze Age collapse

The full version of Chris Gray's study of the two seminal works of ancient Greek literature will soon be available from the CPGB's website in pamphlet form. Here we begin a two-part abridged version

Some of the earliest Athenian legends - those of Theseus, Ariadne and the Minotaur - present a picture of mainland and Aegean Greeks subject to a ‘thalassocracy’ (maritime rule) exercised from Crete. At some stage in the 15th century BCE the Greeks gained the upper hand over this Cretan power and established themselves at its chief city, Knossos.

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Letters

Full-throated; Praise sandwich; Hysterical; Battle plan; Crap; Mastery; New boom; Appalled

Union Carbide gets away with murder

Jim Moody looks at the worst recorded industrial accident and US double standards

Star wars results from decay of political culture

The industrial unrest at the Morning Star, involving the Communist Party of Britain and National Union of Journalists, cannot be put down to unreasonable workers, argues James Turley

Fighting for the planet

There are no technological solutions to environmental destruction under capitalism, argues Eddie Ford

'Reformists' exposed on first anniversary

As imperialist sanctions are stepped up, leaders of Iran's 'opposition' are in headlong retreat. Yassamine Mather reports on the anniversary of the 2009 rigged elections

Summer Offensive

Howard Roak emphasises the sinews of war

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