Lamia, the Man-Devouring Goddess of Greek Mythology
Lamia, one of the lesser-known demons in Greek mythology, is a bit of a shapeshifter, known as a man-eating monster.
Did Odysseus Travel to Ireland?
Homer's Odyssey tells the tale of Odysseus returning to his home after the Trojan War. For a variety of reasons, the trip is not an easy one. It takes him a full ten years to return home. But the journey from...
James Joyce Insisted That Cover of “Ulysses” Be the Blue of Greek Flag
Ulysses, the great modernist novel by the brilliant Irish writer James Joyce, was published about a hundred years ago. Joyce, who was a noted philhellene, insisted that the cover of his tome match the blue of the Greek flag,...
Five of Iliad’s Lesser Known Characters Make Grandest Story Ever Told
Homer's Iliad, often considered to be the oldest extant work of Western literature, boasts a diverse cast of vibrant characters. The names of the heroes, Achilles, Hector, and Odysseus, have achieved immortality in the literary and mythological worlds. Many of...
Would You Be Considered Beautiful in Ancient Greece?
Who, exactly, was considered beautiful in ancient Greece? Were their beauty standards much different from our own?
Giant Trojan Horse Breaks Guinness World Record
A cardboard imitation of the Trojan horse from Homer's Odyssey broke the Guinness World Record for the world's largest cardboard sculpture.
Ancient Greek Quotes Inscribed on Global Landmarks
Ancient Greek inscriptions appear on some of the most prominent buildings in the world. Whether on the entrance of a historical Western European library or a prestigious American university, one can see them everywhere. When our eye meets these inscriptions,...
The Ex-Slave Who Authored a Greek Language Book
William Sanders Scarborough was an African-American, emancipated slave who authored a Greek textbook. His First Lessons in Greek was written in 1881. The textbook offered Greek to English and English to Greek language practice as well as exercises on...
Othonoi Island: The Beautiful Westernmost Point of Greece
At the junction of two seas, the Ionian and the Adriatic, there is a beautiful island that is known as the westernmost point of Greece. It was also famous for being Calypso's island in Greek mythology. Located northwest of...
Greek Heroes’ Busts Adorn Village in Turkey
Homer's Ancient Greek Poem Iliad has inspired the citizens of a small village in Turkey to install busts of the Trojan war heroes on their main square. Tevfikiye, is located 1 km away from the archaeological site of ancient...