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

Τhe Platonic Academy was founded by Plato himself in 428/427 BC in Athens, and is considered to be the world's first university.

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...

The Flower That Only Grows on the Acropolis: Micromeria Acropolitana

Found interspersed among the rocky terrain of the Acropolis of Athens is a small plant with pink flowers, the micromeria acropolitana.

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

Plagues Follow Bad Leadership in Ancient Greek Tales

The tales of ancient Greece remind the public that leaders must be able to plan for the future based on past events. Examples are evidenced through leaders' performance in the great plagues. By Joel Christensen In the fifth century BC, the...

Phryne: The Ancient Greek Courtesan Who Disrobed For Her Freedom

Phryne the Thespian was a notable ancient Greek hetaira, or courtesan, of Athens, who is remembered throughout the millennia for her dramatic trial which she won by baring her naked body. Her real name name was Mnesarete, but people referred...

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...