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Why Greeks Smash Plates: The History Behind the Custom

The sound of a plate smashing, shattering loudly as it meets the floor, is distinctive and tends to turn heads in a restaurant. Most of us, startled, "think, Oh No!" an unfortunate accident has occurred. But when plates shatter on...

Rome Conquered Greece, and Then Greece ‘Conquered’ Rome

"Greece, conquered Greece, her conqueror subdued, And Rome grew polished, who till then was rude." Horace, the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus. In 146 BC, Greece yielded to the military might of the Roman Republic; sixty years...

Hundreds Gather for Eid Muslim Prayers at Thessaloniki’s Yeni Mosque

Hundreds of faithful gathered on Wednesday for the Eid Muslim prayers at Thessaloniki's Yeni Mosque which opened for the first time in more than 100 years in Greece. Crowds were seen arriving to pray early in the morning at the...

What Ancient Greek Sounded Like?

Reading like the lyrics to a popular song or poem from modern times, two ancient Greek inscriptions in the form of rhyming poetry have prompted new insights into the way the language was spoken in those times. Ultimately, it is...

Ptolemaic-Roman Mummy Portraits From Egypt Go on Display

A new exhibition at the Allard Museum in Amsterdam displays Greek mummy portraits discovered in Fayoum, Egypt. These were found in a monumental funerary building dating back to the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. Having been uncovered in December 2022 at...

Famed Athens Epidaurus Festival to Host 93 Productions Over 85 Days

The 2024 Athens Epidaurus Festival opens on June 1, with 93 productions over 85 days and the participation of 2,500 performers and creators from around the world, including a diverse program with outstanding global performers and new creators. Events will...

Speak ‘Romeyka’? Now is Your Chance to Save the Ancient Greek Dialect

Romeyka, an endangered dialect of Greek spoken in the region of Trabzon (Trapezounta) and Pontus in northern Turkey, may get a new lease of life. Ioanna Sitaridou, a professor of Spanish and historical linguistics at the University of Cambridge, who...

British Museum in Talks With Four Governments Over Returning Artifacts

The British Museum chiefs are in talks with four undisclosed foreign governments regarding the return of certain artifacts in its collection. This is after George Osborne negotiated a deal to loan the Elgin Marbles back to Greece. The British Museum...

The Teacher of Arcadia: Rethinking the Story of Modern Greece

The novel by Greek cinematographer Thodoros Maragos titled "The Teacher of Arcadia and the TALOS 21st Century," is a riveting and timely book that has the power to inspire and change your life, help you rethink the conventional story...

Menander, the Greek King of India

  King Menander began as a Greek general of King Demetrius of the Euthydemid dynasty. He is considered as probably the most successful Greek king of India, and ruled a huge empire from Gandhara to the Hindu holy city of...

The Greatest Byzantine Greek Scholars of the Renaissance

Between the 14th and 15th centuries, a wave of Greek scholars left their beleaguered homeland in the Byzantine Empire for the Italian Peninsula, where their work would play an important role in the flowering of the Renaissance. The Renaissance, which...

April Fool’s Ancient Origins and the Tradition in Greece

The custom of setting aside a day, April Fool's Day, for playing harmless pranks upon one's neighbor has been relatively common in the world historically. There are three scenarios regarding the origins of April Fool's Day. Ancient Origins of April Fool's...