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Ancient Olympia Soil Sent to France for the Paris Olympic Games

Paris is in the final stretch for the 2024 Olympic Games, and, for symbolic reasons, French officials have turned to ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games in Greece. Representatives of France’s Terre de Jeux 2024 collected soil from...

Santorini Volcano Lights Up in Spectacular Display of Fireworks

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the ''Ifestia Festival'' or ''Volcanoes Festival'' in Santorini is back and took place on Sunday, September 18, 2022. A spectacular compilation of fireworks and fires caused the volcano to ''erupt'' again in...

Hermes, the God of Thieves in Ancient Greece

In Greek mythology, Hermes is considered the messenger God, in charge of protecting travelers, thieves, and guide the souls to the Hades

Five Things the Ancient Greeks Can Teach Us About Medicine Today

Medicine has changed beyond recognition in the last 2,000 years. So why should we still care what the ancient Greeks thought of Western medicine? By Helen King The ancient Greeks are widely seen as having been the founders of Western medicine...

The Greek Monkey Mystery—and an Important Clue to Bronze Age World

Ancient frescoes like that of the Greek monkeys on Santorini suggest Europe and south Asia had trade links as long as 3,600 years ago.  By Tracie McKinney & Marie Nicole Pareja Cummings The blue monkeys painted on the walls of Akrotiri on...

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

The so-called Ionian Revolt was the beginning of a series of events and war reprisals between Ancient Greeks and the Persians, which lasted for almost two centuries. By Dimosthenes Vasiloudis Around 540 BC, the cities of Ionia (Aegean coast of Asia...

How Ancient Greeks Invented the Modern World

Many modern inventions like computers and washing machines actually have their origins in ancient times. By Zena Kamash True innovation is hard to find, as few things come out of nothing. Take the now ubiquitous selfie, for example. The format may...

‘Shrine’ in Turkey Turns Out to be Tomb of Ancient Greek Boxer Diagoras

A 2,300-year-old tomb in southwest Turkey—once revered as a holy Islamic site—turns out to be the tomb of ancient Greek boxer Diagoras.

Can Astronomy Explain the Biblical Star of Bethlehem?

The wise men were likely accomplished Greek astrologers, watching the stars for signs of a king’s birth. Technical terms used in the Bible’s description point to a real astronomical event that could explore the origin of the star of...

Neanderthal – Era Settlement Found Under Princess Diana’s Family Estate

Although the name of Spencer is a storied one in British history, going back at least one thousand years to the Norman Conquest, the aristocratic family now has been found to have another even more historic tie -- back...