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The Greek City That Was the Ceramic Center of the Ancient World

The Greek city of Klazomenai located near today's Izmir (Smyrna) was the center of ceramic production in the ancient world. Unique Ancient Greek ceramic figures along with a 2,500-year-old type of water-basin used for rituals have recently been discovered during...

Alexander the Great and the Eighth Wonder of the Ancient World

Alexander the Great is said to have rejected a colossal project to sculpt Mount Athos, as had been proposed by his architect and technical advisor, Dinocrates. The architectural proposal, which, had it been carried out, would perhaps have been the...

Ancient Greece a Pioneer in Marketing and Advertising

Advertising and marketing flourished in ancient Greece and Rome. Although they lacked the sophistication of modern advertising campaigns, there were certainly efforts to draw attention to goods, services, and events. Advertising was most evident in Greek pottery. Many pots are...

Archestratus: The Ancient Greek Gourmand on the Secrets of Gastronomy

Archestratus, an ancient Greek poet and philosopher in the mid 4th century BCE from Sicily, is often referred to as the Father of Gastronomy.

Did the Spartans Throw Their Babies Off the Cliff?

The Spartans were renowned for being exceptionally fierce warriors (as famously depicted in the film 300). As can be expected, growing up as a Spartan was not always easy. Supposedly, according to some sources, the Spartans were so focused...

Was Helen Really to Blame for the Trojan War – or Just a Scapegoat?

The outcome of Helen's relationship with Paris hardly needs to be repeated: the ten-year Trojan war and the destruction of the city.

The Epic Clash of Centaurs and Humans in Greek Mythology

The Centauromachy was a mythical battle between the Lapith people, who were members of the ancient Greek tribe of Aeolians who lived in Thessaly, and the mythical centaurs—half-horse, half-man creatures in Greek mythology. Who were the Centaurs and the Lapiths? The...

The Ancient Greek Tribe of Aetolians That Defeated Alexander’s Army

The Aetolians were an ancient Greek tribe of hardened hillmen that managed to defeat the mighty army of Alexander the Great

Mycenaeans Were the Traders of the Bronze Age Mediterranean

The Mycenaean Greeks had a rich and powerful civilization which thrived in the Bronze Age. However, what was the extent of their trade relations around the Mediterranean? How far did they actually go, and what groups did they trade...

Hermes, the God of Thieves in Ancient Greece

In Greek mythology, Hermes is considered the messenger God, in charge of protecting travelers, thieves, and guide the souls to the Hades

How Did Etruscan Civilization Influence the Roman Empire?

Etruscan civilization predated the Roman Empire by hundreds of years, and as such, the Romans were profoundly influenced by many Etruscan practices, including types of farming, methods of artwork, religious rituals, and even clothing styles. The Etruscan civilization flourished in...

How Homer’s Epics Survived After the Fall of the Ancient Greek World

Homer's Iliad and Odyssey were the two epics that brought the ideas of Greek civilization to the world and served as the foundation of Western literature. Both works were composed in the late eighth or early seventh century BC. They...

Ancient Greek Martial Art ‘Pankration’ and Its Influence on MMA

Pankration was one of ancient Greece’s most revered sports in the same way that millions of people love MMA today. It was an embodiment of the ancient Greek ideal of excellence, which was known in Greek as "arete." This sport...

First Realistic Depiction of Ancient Greek Clinic Painted on a Vase

The first realistic depiction of an outpatient clinic in ancient Greece is on a drawing on a small vase created in Athens around 470 B.C. now on display at the Louvre Museum in France. The drawing on the vase called...

Underwater City of Heracleion, Egypt, and Its Links to Ancient Greece

The Lost City Of Heracleion, which was once the largest port in Egypt, was discovered underwater after more than 2,000 years.