The First African-American Poet and Her Love of Ancient Greece
In 1761, Phillis Wheatley, a young West African girl, was captured and brought to America on a slave ship. There Susanna Wheatley, wife of prominent Boston businessman John Wheatley, bought her at an auction to serve as lady's maid. The...
Missing Ancient Greek Inscriptions Solved by Artificial Intelligence
Ancient Greek historians have now an artificial intelligence (AI) tool to help decipher texts. Being a scholar in ancient Greek is difficult. The primary texts, on stone that may have been chipped and weathered through time, are frequently damaged beyond...
Exploring South Korea’s Greek Mythology Museum
The island of Jeju in South Korea is home to the Greek Mythology Museum where visitors can immerse themselves in the world of the Greek gods. The museum itself is modeled after classical Greek architecture, featuring a row of columns...
Ancient Greek Medicine Comes Back to Life
Greeks take their traditions, including those related to food, holidays, spirits, dances, and arts, which have persisted for thousands of years, very seriously. Those cultural practices which have helped them in the healing of disease and maintenance of good...
2,200-Year-Old Greek ‘Victory’ Sling Bullet Discovered in Israel
A lead sling bullet inscribed with the message, "Victory of Heracles and Hauronas" in Greek, was discovered in the Israeli city of Yavne. The Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Thursday that the sling bullet told The Times of Israel that...
The Greek Roots of the Names of Cities in Ukraine
Greeks reading the names of towns and cities in Ukraine in the news may wonder why places like Sevastopol, Simferopol, Mariupol, and Melitopol seem so familiar. Just like many Greek place names, all of these Ukrainian cities feature the characteristic...
Submerged Ancient Greek City Resurfaces in Turkey
The ruins of an ancient Greek city in Asia Minor have become visible for the first time in three decades due to a drought that has caused the water of the Bayramiç Dam to recede. The ruins belong to Skepsis,...
Why NASA Names Its Spacecraft After the Ancient Greek Gods
Throughout its 64-year history, NASA has named several of its spacecraft and missions after ancient Greek gods and mythological figures. But what is the connection between NASA and ancient Greek mythology? From the Apollo program, which ran between 1961 and...
How Ancient Greeks Harnessed Wind Power to Win the Battle of Salamis
New research from the Academy of Athens argues that the Greeks actually chose Salamis after studying the area's climactic conditions.
Artemis: The Goddess That Gave Her Name to NASA’s mission
In Greek mythology, Artemis is one of the twelve Olympians, the most important deities in the ancient Greek pantheon. She is the daughter of Zeus, king of the gods, and Leto, a lesser-known Greek goddess. Her brother was Apollo,...