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The Rod of Asclepius: The Symbol of Medicine from Ancient Greece

The Rod of Asclepius remains a symbol of health and medicine around the world to this day. Asclepius was a demi-god son of Apollo, who developed such incredible powers of healing that his Rod continues to be a famous...

The Ancient Greek Settlements of South Asia

South Asia was once the eastern part of the Hellenistic world, a pivotal yet little explored part of the Greek empire and cultural sphere. The Indian subcontinent is where the Orient meets the Occident and where Sanskrit meets Greek. Where...

Goddess Aphrodite is the Everlasting Role Model for Greek Mothers

The Greek goddess Aphrodite threatening her unruly child, Eros, with the back of her sandal appears to have started a tradition that is still practiced in cultures around the world today. It is depicted on ancient Greek vases such as...

Description of Alexandria’s Lighthouse found in Ancient Chinese Writings

Contact between the Mediterranean and China was practically non-existent in the ancient and medieval periods; however, in the 13th century, a Chinese official described the city of Alexandria in his extensive work on geography. Zhao Rukuo was a Chinese official...

Canadian Students Feast on Ancient Greek and Roman Food

Students at the University of Toronto in Canada recently had the chance to dine on ancient Greek and Roman food during an "Ancient Food Day" hosted by the university. About 40 or so students tried delicacies enjoyed by the Greeks...

Greece Reopens Stadium of Ancient Nemea

The 4th century BC stadium of Ancient Nemea in the northeastern part of the Peloponnese, in Greece, reopened on Wednesday to visitors after years of neglect. The stadium had been closed due to a lack of adequate security measures. The...

The Longest Greek Word is Actually an Ancient Recipe

When one hears about "the longest word," whatever language it is, absurd adjectives or ancient names of forgotten princes come to mind. Surely not a recipe; but as often happens, the Greek language surprises us once again. By Giorgio Pintzas...

How Alexander the Great Discovered Himalayan Salt

During their numerous conquests across much of the known world, Alexander the Great and his horse Bucephalas led the elite Macedonian cavalry. According to one legend, they even discovered Himalayan salt, famous today for its  pinkish tint and its...

The World’s First Coins were Minted in Ancient Lydia

Ancient Lydia holds the distinction of creating the first coins in the world; at first not much more than blobs of metal with basic stamps, they soon evolved into beautiful works of art in and of themselves, featuring figures...

Warrior Women: the Ancient World Was Full of Female Fighters

One of the great things about computer games is that anything is possible in the almost endless array of situations on offer, whether they are realistic or fantasy worlds. But it has been reported that gamers are boycotting Total...

The Platonic Academy of Athens: The World’s First University

Τhe Platonic Academy was founded by Plato himself in 428/427 BC in Athens, and is considered to be the world's first university.

How the Ancient Greeks Measured Time Shows What they Valued

The ancient Greeks measured time in part because human beings have felt the need to track the passage of their hours and days since time immemorial, prompted certainly by the need to plant things at the appropriate time, on...

Who Beheaded the Kritios Boy, the Masterpiece of Ancient Greek Art?

The Kritios Boy, a statue displayed at the Acropolis Museum is one of the most important works of ancient Greek art and the most characteristic of the so-called "Severe Style." The statue’s torso was found in 1865 to 1866 southeast...

Missing Ancient Greek Inscriptions Solved by Artificial Intelligence

Ancient Greek historians have now an artificial intelligence (AI) tool to help decipher texts. Being a scholar in ancient Greek is difficult. The primary texts, on stone that may have been chipped and weathered through time, are frequently damaged beyond...

The Superfood that Fueled Alexander the Great

Sea buckthorn berries have been used in traditional medicine throughout Central Asia and Eastern Europe for centuries.