ancient Athens

Ancient Treasures Unearthed Under Athens Concrete

The recent construction work on Aeolus Street in Athens has uncovered some astounding archaeological treasures from ancient Greece on which the Ministry of Culture has now begun restoration. The news of the recent discovery of the head of Hermes on...

Plagues Follow Bad Leadership in Ancient Greek Tales

By Joel Christensen* In the fifth century BC, the playwright Sophocles began “Oedipus Tyrannos” with the title character struggling to identify the cause of a plague striking his city of Thebes. (Spoiler alert: It’s his own bad leadership.) As someone who...

Archaeologists Discover Ancient Curse Tablets in Athens Well

A major, and a bit spine-tingling, archaeological discovery was made recently in Athens' downtown neighborhood of Kerameikos (Ceramicus) by archaeologists from the German Archaeological Institute of Athens. A total of thirty well-preserved curse tablets dating back to the Classical period...

The Battle at Marathon Which Saved Western Civilization 2,500 Years Ago

It was in September in the year 490 BC when, just 42 kilometers (26 miles) outside of Athens, a vastly-outnumbered army of brave soldiers saved their city from the invading Persian army. But as the course of history shows, in...

Gossip as a Powerful Tool for the Powerless in Ancient Greece

In Aristophanes' comedy The Frogs, a nosy slave listens to his master's conversations and spreads them around town, resulting in his master's horrible misfortunes. The Aristophanes character, however, was not put there just for laughs. Gossip was a real tool in...

The Platonic Academy of Athens: The World's First University

Τhe Platonic Academy, or simply, ''The Academy'', was a famous school in ancient Athens founded by Plato in 428/427 BC and located a couple of miles outside the ancient city named Akademeia, after the legendary hero, Akademos. Plato is the one...

The Ancient Greek Model Who Disrobed For Her Freedom

Phryne the Thespian was a notable hetaira, or courtesan, of Athens, who has been remembered throughout the millennia for her dramatic trial which she won by baring her breasts. Her real name name was Mnesarete, but people referred to...

Everyday Life in Ancient Athens

Everyday life in Ancient Athens of the Hellenistic era was more intellectually stimulating, and exciting, than in most ancient cities mainly due to the fact that Greeks excelled in theater and philosophy, and were involved in politics and athletics...

Ancient Greece: Growing up in Athens and Sparta

Despite the fact that they shared the same heritage and language, ancient Spartans and ancient Athenians were very different, and the two city-states were not on the friendliest of terms. The Spartans were warriors, disciplined and strong, and always ready to...

Take an Interactive Trip to Pericles-era Athens (photos)

An interactive virtual-reality show of ancient Athens during the golden era of Pericles will premier on March 24 in the Greek capital. The Interactive Tour of the Acropolis of Athens at the "Tholos" of the Cultural Centre of the Foundation...