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The Naming Customs of Greece, From Ancient Times to Today

Although you may know a fair bit about Greek naming customs today, there are name traditions which go all the way back to Ancient Greece

Spartan General Pausanias: A Traitor or Just Unpopular?

Spartan general Pausanias lived a life which encapsulated the Ancient Greek city state, killed by his own people for allegedly betraying it.

Ancient Greek Shields Struck Fear Into Enemy

As far back as the eighth century BC, the ancient Greeks had invented a large, round shield, or aspis that became an essential part of warfare

How The Parthenon Was Built to Withstand Anything

The Parthenon is one of the most iconic structures in the history of Western civilization. It stands in splendor on Acropolis Hill in Athens as it has for 2,500 years. Experts believe that the Parthenon's construction ingenuity has enabled...

Ancient Diolkos Stone Road Allowed Ships to Go From Ionian to Aegean

The Diolkos stone road, an ancient Greek engineering marvel, allowed ships to travel overland from the Ionian Sea to the Aegean, bypassing the Peloponnesian Peninsula. Like the Corinth Canal, which was finally constructed millennia later, it made passage around the...

Ancient Greeks Used Lifting Device to Move Stones Before Cranes

Recent research shows that ancient Greeks had used a primitive type of lifting machine to move heavy stones before they began using cranes 2,500 years ago, according to the website Gizmodo.

Ancient Greek Statue of Woman Using “Laptop” Sparks Conspiracy Theories

A recurring conspiracy theory which has gone viral claims that an ancient Greek statue supposedly depicting a woman "using a laptop" is "proof" of time travel. The statue once marked a grave and was created around 100 BC. Many inventions...

The Oracle of Delphi, Priestess Pythia, Who Spoke Truth to Power

In a time and place that offered few career opportunities for women, the job of the priestess of Apollo at the Oracle of Delphi stands out. Her position was at the centre of one of the most powerful religious...

Highway Construction in Crete Reveals Ancient Pipelines

Ongoing construction work on a new highway on the island of Crete revealed parts of an ancient water transport pipeline built during the period of Roman rule on the island. The archaeological discovery reportedly consists of a water transport pipe...

Xena: How Hollywood Created a Greek Warrior Princess who Never Existed

Xena the Greek warrior princess, who started as an antagonist of Hercules, captivated audiences around the world more than 20 years ago.