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Black Broth: What the Warriors of Ancient Sparta Ate

In ancient Greece, Sparta was famous for two things: the bravery of its warriors in battle and its atrocious food, says chef Max Miller who prepared the infamous black broth or melas zomos. During the communal daily meal, bread, called...

The Decline of Sparta as Seen Through Its Food

Athenaeus of Naucratis in his famous work Deipnosophistae stated sarcastically that the fault of the decline of Sparta lay with its cooks, who, because of the influence of the Roman Empire, lost the ability to prepare the traditional recipes...

What Were the Ancient Spartans Like?

Spartan society was very different from the rest in Greece, an example was the absence of walls, the city was protected only by its soldiers.

The Top Archaeological Sites You Absolutely Must See in Greece

With a history as rich and expansive as that of Greece, it is no surprise that there are countless archaeological sites that you should visit while touring the country. Of course, everyone knows the popular tourist attractions, such as the...

Battle of Thermopylae: When the Greeks Fought to Defend Western Civilization

The Battle of Thermopylae and the fight of 300 Spartans against 10,000 elite Persian soldiers is a magnificent moment in Greece's history.

Children are Curious to Know: Who Were the Spartans?

Curious Kids, a website that posts inquiries made by the most curious of minds—those of children—recently found themselves answering a question posted by a young reader who wanted an expert to answer his question: “Who were the Spartans?” It is...

Harsh Lessons from the Ancient Greek City-State of Sparta

The long and (mostly) illustrious history of the ancient Greek city-state of Sparta defines the word "legendary."

Daily Life in Ancient Greece: What it Was Like to Live in Athens and Sparta

Life in ancient Athens and Sparta, although both in Greece, was so different that the city-states seem completely foreign to each other.

Stolen Sparta Warrior Helmet Recovered, Reinstalled

An iconic Spartan warrior helmet that had been stolen on Tuesday night from a monument in the historic city was recovered and reinstalled on Wednesday. The imposing helmet, symbolizing Sparta’s glorious past, had adorned the city until Tuesday when it disappeared. The...

August 480 BC: Leonidas' Brave 300 Fought the Battle of Thermopylae

The battle of Thermopylae and the valiant fight of 300 intrepid Spartans under the guidance of warrior King Leonidas against 10,000 Persian elite soldiers is one of the greatest moments of Ancient Greece's history and provided great tales of...