Kissing in Ancient Greece: A Greeting and Sign of Respect
In ancient Greece, kissing was not considered strictly romantic or intimate; rather, kissing was a often a greeting between acquaintances.
The Ancient Greek Oracle of Delphi
The Oracle of Delphi has become a byword for prophecy, and many of the glories of Delphi's architecture and art have survived to this day.
Bronze Age Minoan Ingots Are Evidence of Ancient Trade Links
Bronze Age Minoan ingots with unique markings that were recently discovered off the Israeli coast show vast trading links between Cyprus and Sardinia, archaeologists say. Dating back to the late Bronze age, approximately the 13th to the early 12th century...
Football Started in Greece, Ancient Artifact Reveals
A relief exhibited at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece shows an ancient Greek youth practicing by balancing a football on his thigh in front of a small boy. This means that football, albeit in a primitive form,...
The First Ever Cheesecake Was Served to Ancient Greek Olympic Athletes
Cheesecake is one of the most recognizable and popular desserts. You may assume its origins trace back to France or possibly Italy, as the fluffy cream cheesecake has become a staple of traditional bakeries. But cheesecake has a very different...
My Dreams of the Antikythera Mechanism
The Antikythera Mechanism, widely believed to be the world's first computer, has puzzled scientists for decades. By Evaggelos Vallianatos I saw the fragments of the Antikythera Mechanism in 2007. After moving slowly through the large rooms of the National Archaeological Museum...
What Happened to the Venus de Milo’s Arms?
The Venus de Milo, also known as the Aphrodite of Milos, is one of the most famous sculptures to have ever come out of ancient Greece. It is immediately recognizable by its missing arms -- one of the greatest...
Eos, the Ancient Greek Goddess of the Dawn
Eos, the ancient Greek goddess of the dawn, with her abode the sky, was perhaps the most resplendent of all the beings in the Greek pantheon.
Priestesses Among Few Women Who Had Status, Power in Ancient Greece
Life for women in most city states of Ancient Greece, was very difficult but ancient Greek priestesses had powers that gave them high status.
Greek Mummy Portraits, Funerary Building Discovered in Fayoum, Egypt
New important Greek and Roman archaeological discoveries were made in Fayoum, the Ministry of Tourism & Antiquities in Egypt announced on Thursday. The discoveries included a funerary building, portraits, mummies, and statues that date as far back as the...