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Ancient Greek General Archytas was Founder of Mathematical Mechanics

Archytas of Tarentum, who was born around the year 435 BC in what is now Taranto, Apulia, Italy, was another in a long line of brilliant polymaths from Ancient Greece, a noted military general and strategist who also made...

The Myth of Daphne, Who Chose Eternal Silence Over Sexual Assault

This ancient myth of Daphne, in which the nymph transforms herself into a tree to escape the lustful attention of the god Apollo, has inspired countless retellings in art. Its themes resonate today. 

June 21st: the Northern Hemisphere’s Longest Day

June 21st marks the start of the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere -- the longest day of the year. You'll have plenty of daylight to think about it, and if you're free, the possibilities are endless. The exact start...

Broken Mirror Superstition Started in Ancient Greece

In both ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, reflected images were thought to hold mysterious powers. Damaging a mirror was believed to invite the wrath of the gods. 

Cleopatra’s Secret Drinking Club

Cleopatra was not just a famed Greek queen of Ancient Egypt but was also known for her love of parties. She even created her own secret drinking club. The famous ancient ruler became well known during her time for her...

Secrets Of The Delphic Oracle And How It Speaks To Us Today

The legacy of Delphi lies not so much in fortune-tellers, soothsayers and horoscopes: the central and authoritative role of the oracle in the ancient world is reflected in more serious ways we try to anticipate the future.

Outer Space: The Setting of Ancient Greek Myths

Our solar system was always a source of fascination for the ancient Greeks, and outer space features prominently across the scientific, philosophical, and mythological output of ancient Greek society. Ancient Greeks referred to constellations as "katasterismoi," which translates to "placings...

Greek Island of Delos to Host First Concert After Thousands of Years

The sacred, uninhabited Greek island of Delos will host a concert featuring Ukrainian, Russian, and Greek musicians on Monday, May 30, 2022. This concert will be the first of its kind to take place on the island, which is full...

Severed Limbs and Wooden Feet: How Ancients Invented Prosthetics

An early mention of an ancient prosthetic comes from the Greek historian Herodotus, who tells the story of Hegesistratus, an Ancient Greek diviner who cut off his own foot to escape his Spartan captors—and replaced it with a wooden...

10 Things Most People Get Wrong About Greek Mythology

Ironically, Greek Mythology is itself the subject of many myths that are widely believed by many people around the world.