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Hippocrates on Obesity and the Sedentary Life

Hippocrate of Kos (c. 460 – c. 370 BC) was a physician of ancient Greece's Classical era who is considered to be the "Father of Medicine." Hippocrates suggested surprisingly contemporary remedies for obesity -- diet and exercise. In addition to recognizing that...

The Greek History of Truffles: It All Started With a Thunderbolt from Zeus

The history of truffle is one of folklore and intrigue, and very few people know of its links to the ancient Greek god Zeus. The pricey fungi has played a prominent role in Greece for its nutritional value, aphrodisiac...

Snakes, Apes and Ferrets: The Ancient Greek Love of Pets

Animals were an important part of life in antiquity, and Ancient Greeks loved their pets. Ancient sources tell us that they kept a wide variety of animals at home, ranging from dogs to snakes. Paintings, writings, and sculptures from ancient...

Meet the Anemoi, the Greek Gods of Weather

Ancient Greeks believed that the weather -- like nearly everything else on earth-- was the result of divine activity. Wind, specifically, was associated with the Anemoi, or the Greek gods of the wind. The Anemoi are the four gods named...

September 18, 1834: Athens Becomes the Capital of Greece

When Athens was officially declared the capital of the newly established Greek State on September 18, 1834, it was a small village of 7,000 residents living around the Acropolis Hill. Following the assassination of Governor Ioannis Kapodistrias in the Peloponnesian...

Five Ancient Greek Discoveries that Shaped Our Modern World

If you are wondering exactly what were the contributions of ancient Greece to our modern world, here is just a small sample of the top inventions and discoveries of the ancient Greeks that are remarkably used till today. The Alarm Clock of...

From Delphi to Google: Ancient Oracle to Modern-Day Search Engines

In ancient Greece the people relied heavily on oracles not only to predict the future, but to reveal secret information and the answers to their deepest philosophical questions. One of the most famous of all oracles was at Delphi, located...

The Ancient Greek Origins of Werewolves

The oldest trace of man-to-wolf transformation dates back to 2100 BC. But the werewolf as we now know it first appeared in ancient Greece. By Tanika Koosmen The werewolf is a staple of supernatural fiction, whether it be film, television, or...

DNA Analysis Sheds Light on Minoan and Mycenaean Genetic Origins

  For the first time, scientists have obtained genetic material and analyzed genome sequences from the ancient Minoans and Mycenaeans, who lived three to five thousand years ago. The new analysis suggests that the Minoans and Mycenaeans share a great deal...

Palindrome Inscription Found on Ancient Amulet in Cyprus

A team of Polish archaeologists in Nea Paphos, Cyprus have unearthed a 1,500-year-old two-sided amulet depicting a palindrome inscription written in ancient Greek. Palindromes are phrases that are read the same both forward and backwards. The amulet's 59-letter inscription reads: "ΙΑΕW ΒΑΦΡΕΝΕΜ...

Iris, the Greek Goddess of the Rainbow

Iris, the Greek goddess of the rainbow, also served as a messenger of the gods. Although now a little known member of the pantheon, Iris was a prominent figure in many ancient myths and is now even a character...

Roman Port, Stunning Amphorae Discovered Under Sea Off Crete

Treasures from the Roman era of Greek history were discovered recently at the bottom of the sea on the Gulf of Paleokastro near the town of Sitia on the Greek island of Crete. The underwater research, undertaken by the Ephorate...

Iklaina: The First City-State of Ancient Greece and Europe

The little-known site Iklaina on the Peloponnesian peninsula was a major center of Mycenaean culture; findings now indicate that it was the very first city-state in ancient Greece. Iklaina marks the transition from a world without organized states to a...