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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. 

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

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 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.

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.

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...

Gossip was a Powerful Tool for the Powerless in Ancient Greece

Gossip was a real tool in the hands of slaves who wanted to punish their masters if they had treated them badly in ancient Greece.

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.

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...