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What Did India Learn From the Ancient Greeks?

The interaction of the two great ancient civilizations of Greece and India began with the invasion of Alexander the Great in 326 BC.

Liver: The Seat of Emotions, According to Ancient Greeks

For the ancient Greeks the liver had an important role in divine and spiritual daily life: the liver was the center of the soul and the source of emotions.

Archaeological Finds Show Ancient Greeks Visited Egypt as Tourists

Evidence preserved on papyri and ostraca as well as in graffiti indicates ancient Greek and Roman tourists visited Egypt to observe and admire the Egyptian civilization. While in ancient times people traveled—sometimes quite far—to worship, written evidence that has been...

Sportsmen in Ancient Greece and Rome Were Celebrities, Won Grand Prizes, Toured and Even Unionized

Paid to play, travelling internationally and enjoying celebrity status: the lifestyle of a modern elite professional sportsperson, but also that of some elite sportsmen in ancient Greece and Rome. By Wray Vamplew Ancient Greeks lived in perhaps 1,000 autonomous communities stretching,...

Did Ancient Greeks Reach America Long Before Columbus?

The suggestion that ancient Greeks reached America before Columbus may seem far-fetched but certain researchers think otherwise. The idea is based entirely on a new examination of a dialogue written by the Greek historian Plutarch, who lived from 46 to 119...

Miracle Plant Used in Ancient Greece Rediscovered After 2,000 Years

The "miracle" plant Silphium consumed by Ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians, which was thought to have become extinct two thousand years ago, has recently been rediscovered in Turkey by a professor, who thinks he’s found a botanical survivor. The plant,...

Greece Vs Persia: When the Ancient Empires Destroyed Athens and Persepolis

Around 540 BC, the cities of Ionia (Aegean coast of Asia Minor) had been conquered by Persia and thereafter were ruled by native tyrants nominated by the Persian satrap in Sardis. It was 499 BC when the Greek vassal-tyrant...

The Life of the Legendary King of Sparta, Leonidas

The legendary Leonidas, King of Sparta, is known mostly for leading the 300 heroic Spartans and dying with them in the Battle of Thermopylae

When Ancient Greeks Faced the Persian Navy at Battle of Artemisium

When the ancient Greeks faced the Persian navy in the Battle of Artemisium, they set the tone for the Battle of Salamis that kicked the Persians out

Sappho, the Ancient Greek Poet

Sappho sang of desire, passion, and love mostly directed towards women. As new fragments of her work are found, a fuller picture of her is emerging, but she remains the most mysterious of ancient poets.  By Marguerite Johnson For those who...