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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 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...