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The History of the Ancient Greek City of Smyrna

The History of the Ancient Greek City of Smyrna Arches in the Ancient Greek city of Smyrna. The city was a center of Greek culture for millennia before all traces of Greek people were destroyed in the Smyrna Fire in 1922. Credit: Benh LIEU SONG/CC BY-SA 2.0 Smyrna was once one of the most illustrious […]

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Ancient Greek Olive Grove in Amfissa Near Delphi Damaged by Wildfire

Ancient Greek Olive Grove in Amfissa Near Delphi Damaged by Wildfire The famous olive groves of Amfissa and Itea are burning. Credit: Facebook/Gogo Athanasiou The Olive Grove of Amfissa, near Delphi, which has been damaged by the wildfire that broke out on Monday near the town of Itea is the largest continuous grove in Greece […]

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Strange Sexual Practices of the Ancient Greeks

Strange Sexual Practices of the Ancient Greeks A courtesan, or hetairai, at a symposium with a reveler. Sex workers like courtesans were important figures in ancient Greece. Credit: Marie-Lan Nguyen/Wikipedia Commons/ CC BY-SA 2.5 The Ancient Greeks are known for their advancements in philosophy, politics, art, literature, and many more, but the ancient people also […]

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Fourth of July: How Ancient Greece Inspired American Independence

Fourth of July: How Ancient Greece Inspired American Independence US Capitol Building, which was inspired by ancient Greek and Roman architecture. Ancient Greece and the ideals we celebrate on Fourth of July greatly influenced the push for American independence. Credit: Public domain Greek Americans have one more reason to be proud on the Fourth of […]

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Ancient Greeks Were Britain’s First Farmers

Ancient Greeks Were Britain’s First Farmers A recent study claims that Ancient Greeks were among Britain’s first farmers. Credit: Biswarup Ganguly,  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0/Wikipedia People from ancient Greece and the Aegean Sea region were the first farmers in Britain, according to a study published recently in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. According to the […]

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A History of Wine in Ancient Greece

A History of Wine in Ancient Greece Hercules is offered wine in this depiction of a scene from his Twelve Labors. Public Domain The recorded history of wine in Ancient Greece begins around the 15th century BC while viticulture appears to have existed as early as the Neolithic era, 6,500 years ago. Ancient Greece is […]

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Authentic Marathon Swim Recreated in Honor of Ancient Greek Heroes

Authentic Marathon Swim Recreated in Honor of Ancient Greek Heroes The Marathon competition reenacts the famous swim by Hydna and her father Scyllis, in 480 BC. Credit: Facebook/Authentic Marathon Swim The authentic Marathon swim is taking place this weekend off the island of Evia in Greece with the participation of hundreds of swimmers from all […]

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What Happened at an Ancient Greek Symposium

What Happened at an Ancient Greek Symposium Symposium scene on an ancient Greek Kylix, or drinking cup. Credit: Wikimedia Commons/ Public Domain The symposium was one of the most important aspects of ancient Greek culture, as it served as an essential setting for discussions, revelry, and debates among some of the most important figures in […]

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The Colossus of Rhodes: Six Facts About the Wonder of Ancient World

The Colossus of Rhodes: Six Facts About the Wonder of Ancient World Artist’s depiction of the Colossus of Rhodes (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World). Credit: Public Domain. Most people today know the Colossus of Rhodes as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but there are many little-known facts […]

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Ancient church on remote island gets Europa Nostra award

Ancient church on remote island gets Europa Nostra award The 3rd century monument of Episkopi on Sikinos, one of the smallest Cycladic islands, will open to the public after 50 years in September thanks to restoration work that was recognized internationally on Thursday with the Europa Nostra European Cultural Heritage Award. The building was initially a Roman […]

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Ancient Greek Lyres Make a Comeback in Thessaloniki

Ancient Greek Lyres Make a Comeback in Thessaloniki Theodoros Koumartzis discusses the ancient Greek lyre at Seikilo. Credit: https://seikilo.com/ Seikilo is a unique exhibition of ancient musical instruments featuring the ancient Greek lyre in the heart of Thessaloniki. It offers interactive and online tours for visitors, students and educational institutions. The creation of the exhibition […]

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Ancient Monument on Greece’s Sikinos Receives European Award

Ancient Monument on Greece’s Sikinos Receives European Award Credit: Ministry of Culture The Monument of Episkopi, a Roman mausoleum converted to a Byzantine church on the island of Sikinos, Greece, was among the winners of the 2022 European Heritage Awards, announced on Thursday by the European Commission and Europa Nostra. Episkopi’s monument was built in […]

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The Calf Bearer: The Story of the Magnificent Ancient Greek Sculpture

The Calf Bearer: The Story of the Magnificent Ancient Greek Sculpture The ancient Greek statue the “Calf Bearer” upon its discovery. Credit: Public Domain This is the first known photograph of the magnificent ancient Greek statue of Moschophoros, also known in English as “The Calf Bearer” when it was discovered on the Acropolis in 1864. […]

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Ancient Marble Floors Damaged in Hagia Sophia

Ancient Marble Floors Damaged in Hagia Sophia A number of tiles of the ancient marble floors in Hagia Sophia have been damaged by heavy machines used to clean the site, according to Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet. Credit: Greek Reporter A number of tiles of the ancient marble floors in Hagia Sophia have been damaged by heavy […]

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Sex Strike: Why Ancient Greek Play Lysistrata is Trending in the US

Sex Strike: Why Ancient Greek Play Lysistrata is Trending in the US A production still from the feature film Lysistrata. Credit: JamesMacMillan,  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0/Wikipedia The ancient Greek play, Lysistrata, became a trending topic in the US after protesters called for a sex strike in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn […]

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EU Approves “Turkaegean” Trademark, US Rejects it

EU Approves “Turkaegean” Trademark, US Rejects it The Greek goddess Nike as portrayed on an Ancient Greek temple at Ephesus in what is now Turkey. The city was one of the most important in ancient times. Credit: AW58/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0 The European Union has approved Turkey’s bid to trademark the phrase “Turkaegean,” or “Turkish […]

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Burial Gifts Discovery at Infant’s Grave a First at Ancient Greek City

Burial Gifts Discovery at Infant’s Grave a First at Ancient Greek City Ruins at the ancient Greek city of Kelenderis site in Turkey, where archeologists just found burial gifts at a child’s grave. Credit: Klaus-Peter Simon CC-BY-SA 3.0 Wikipedia Commons Archeologists at the ancient Greek city of Kelenderis on the Turkish coast have for the […]

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Six Ancient Greek Aphrodisiacs Available Everywhere Today

Six Ancient Greek Aphrodisiacs Available Everywhere Today The Birth of Aphrodite-Venus, the goddess of beauty, sensuality and love. Credit: Wikipedia/Public domain Ancient Greeks were big believers in aphrodisiacs and ancient love potions and used a variety of fruits, herbs, and other foods in their concoctions. The word “aphrodisiac” itself comes from the ancient Greek goddess […]

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Turkey Opens “Gate to Hell” in Ancient Greek City of Hierapolis

Turkey Opens “Gate to Hell” in Ancient Greek City of Hierapolis The famous “Hades’ Gate” in modern-day Turkey. Public Domain The famed “Gate to Hell” at the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Hierapolis in western Turkey has opened to regular visitors for the first time on Monday. Known also as Pluto’s Gate—Ploutonion in […]

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Acropolis Hill to get state-of-the-art security system

Acropolis Hill to get state-of-the-art security system The Acropolis Hill in Athens, an ancient citadel located on a rock above the city and one of the country’s most visited ancient sites, will get a new, high-tech security system for real-time monitoring of the area, after the country’s top archaeological body approved the replacement of the […]

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Boston Youth Orchestra marks lower koilon at ancient Dodona theater of Greece

Boston Youth Orchestra marks lower koilon at ancient Dodona theater of Greece Access to the restored lower seating area of the ancient theater of Dodona was celebrated with a concert by the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra on Tuesday evening, World Music Day, ANA reports. Restoration work will continue in the rest of the seating (koilon) […]

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How the Ancient Greeks Celebrated the Summer Solstice

How the Ancient Greeks Celebrated the Summer Solstice The summer solstice, or the longest day of the year, was celebrated by ancient cultures across the world, including the Ancient Greeks. Credit: Dimitris Polydoropoulos/ Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0 The summer solstice, or the longest day of the year, was celebrated by ancient cultures across the world, […]

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The History of the Ancient Greek City of Thebes

The History of the Ancient Greek City of Thebes “View of Thebes,” 1819, by Hugh W. Williams. Credit: Google Art Project/Public Domain Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License The ancient Greek city of Thebes played a central role in the long pageant of Greek history; appearing in many of the age-old legends of Greek mythology, it was […]

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The Ancient Greek Sanctuary of Samothrace

The Ancient Greek Sanctuary of Samothrace The Hieron, or Sanctuary of the Great Gods, Palaiopolis, Samothrace. Credit: Ggia/CC BY-SA 3.0 Samothrace, a small, rocky Greek island in the northern Aegean Sea, has a storied past that belies its diminutive size. One of the most rugged of all the Greek islands, its Mt. Saos rises to 1,611 […]

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The Goddess Hera’s Place in Ancient Greek Mythology

The Goddess Hera’s Place in Ancient Greek Mythology The “Hera Campana,” a second century AD Roman copy of an ancient Greek original. Hera was one of the most important goddesses in ancient Greek mythology. Credit: Public Domain The goddess Hera, who loomed large in Ancient Greek mythology, was not only the wife and sister of […]

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Aesop’s Fables: Ancient Greek Stories with Important Lessons for Children

Aesop’s Fables: Ancient Greek Stories with Important Lessons for Children “Aesop Tells his Fables” by Johann Michael Wittmer. Credit: Public Domain Aesop’s Fables are some of the most famous stories with moral lessons in history, and many of the tales are used to guide children in regard to moral themes and life lessons. Teaching children […]

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The Athens and Epidaurus Festival Keeps Ancient Greek Theater Alive

The Athens and Epidaurus Festival Keeps Ancient Greek Theater Alive The Theater at Epidaurus. Credit: Hansueli Krapf/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0 Each year, actors, directors, and theater lovers from around the world come to Greece to participate in the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. One of Europe’s oldest continuously running festivals, the event revives one of Greece’s […]

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The Ancient Greek Secret to Attaining Super Memory

The Ancient Greek Secret to Attaining Super Memory The Parthenon. Science has shown that anyone can attain a super memory by using an ancient Greek and Roman technique called “memory palace.” Credit: Gary Bembridge/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-2.0 Science has shown that anyone can attain a super memory with the ability to retain a vast amount of information […]

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Daily Life in Ancient Greece: What it Was Like to Live in Athens and Sparta

Daily Life in Ancient Greece: What it Was Like to Live in Athens and Sparta The Parthenon in Athens. Credit: Paolina27/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 4.0 Daily life in ancient Greece varied by city-state. In Athens and Sparta, people lived according to such contrasting traditions that it almost seems as though they were from different countries entirely. […]

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Ancient Greeks’ Love for Their Dogs

Ancient Greeks’ Love for Their Dogs Riders and their dogs depicted on an ancient Greek vase c. 510-500 BC. Credit: Public Domain Ancient Greeks had a great love and respect for their dogs, cherishing them as companions, protectors, and hunters, as evidenced by several dog tombstones discovered over the centuries. The most well-known story about […]

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