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Pericles, the Ancient Greek Father of Democracy

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

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

Sex Strike: Why Ancient Greek Play Lysistrata is Trending in the US

The ancient Greek play, Lysistrata, became a trending topic in the US after protesters called for a sex strike in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Calls for a nationwide sex strike were gathering...

Only The Rich in Ancient Athens Paid Taxes – And They Bragged About it

In ancient Athens, only the very wealthiest people paid direct taxes, and these went to fund the city-state’s most important national expenses—the navy and honors for the gods. While today it might sound astonishing, most of these top taxpayers...

Ancient Greeks Also Blamed their Leaders for the Plague Pandemic

Ancient Greeks blamed their leaders for the misfortune of the plague, just as many Americans do today in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. By Joel Christensen Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, as a scholar of ancient Greek literature, I...