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Ancient Treasures Unearthed Under Athens Concrete

Astounding ancient treasures unearthed under Athens, a great outcome from the recent construction work on Aeolus Street in Athens

The Battle of Marathon Saved Western Civilization 2,500 Years Ago

In September of the year 490 BC, just 42 km outside of Athens, an army of brave Greeks saved their city from the invading Persian army.

Spectacular 3D Video Depicts Ancient Athens as Never Seen Before

A spectacular 3D video reconstruction of ancient Athens in the late 5th century BC takes the viewer over the city and pinpoints its monuments, markets, temples, and neighborhoods. The video made by Ancient Athens 3D and released in November presents...

Sex Work in Ancient Greece: Hetairai and Flute Girls

Sex work in ancient Greece was performed by the hetairai, and those who worked their whole lives (until they were of no further use) in brothels. Other sex workers were sold into the role as children. By Marguerite Johnson When the...

The Flowering of Athens in the Fifth Century B.C.

In Athens, the fifth century BC served as a period in which art, literature, and thought flourished, and it ultimately defines our image of Ancient Greece. by Patrick Garner In the 21st century, much of what the world thinks of as...

A Lesson in Immigration Policy from the Cradle of Democracy

Of all the ancient Greek cities, Athens was the most prominent. It was there that the main thinkers, philosophers, and authors who contributed to the development of Western culture as we know it today lived and worked. By Alastair Blanshard Those...

Who Beheaded The Kritios Boy, the Masterpiece of Ancient Greek Art?

The Kritios Boy, a statue displayed at the Acropolis Museum is one of the most important works of ancient Greek art and the most characteristic of the so-called "Severe Style." The statue’s torso was found in 1865 to 1866 southeast...

Pericles: The First Great Statesman of the Ancient World

Since Athens is considered the birthplace of democracy, Pericles must be the father of democracy.

Massive Spending in War Against Sparta Backfired in Ancient Athens

A historian looks at the plague that hit Ancient Athens and explains how a massive government spending plan backfired 2,500 years ago. 

Lessons from Ancient Athens: The Art of Exiling Your Enemies

For the first time in recent memory, the possibility of imprisoning political rivals has entered the political discourse of a modern western election, but ostracism is an ancient Greek democratic tradition practiced in classical Athens that offers an alternative...