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Would You Be Considered Beautiful in Ancient Greece?

Who, exactly, was considered beautiful in ancient Greece? Were their beauty standards much different from our own?

Was Helen Really to Blame for the Trojan War – or Just a Scapegoat?

The outcome of Helen's relationship with Paris hardly needs to be repeated: the ten-year Trojan war and the destruction of the city.

Did Ancient Greeks Enjoy Swimming and Going to the Beach?

Every summer, Greeks flock to the beaches of the Aegean and Ionian seas to swim and get a tan. But did the ancient Greeks enjoy the beach?

How Boxing Became a Popular Sport in Ancient Greece

Boxing in ancient Greece originated as a very tough sport, much harder than professional boxing as we know it today.

The Ancient Earthquake That Destroyed Nearly Everything on Crete

While the island regularly experiences earthquakes, Crete faced incredible destruction in antiquity after an ancient quake destroyed nearly everything on the island and the region in 365 AD. In fact, the underwater earthquake, which is believed to have been a...

Experts Unearth Spectacular Street Food Shop in Pompeii, Italy

A fascinating discovery of a spectacular street food shop was made by archaeologists recently in Pompeii, southern Italy, a find which provides a peek into ancient food culture. Experts unearthed an entire food shop that sold ready-to-eat meals to passersby...

Ancient Greek Masterpieces Were Painted in Dazzling Colors

It is nearly impossible to imagine the sparkling white sculptures of ancient Greece painted in a variety of bright colors.

Rediscovering the Music of Ancient Greece

Music was ubiquitous in ancient Greece, but somewhere along the line, the way in which it was composed and sounded during its time was lost.

Antikythera Island: The Peaceful Paradise at the Edge of the Aegean Sea

The isolated Greek island of Antikythera, lying at the edge of the Aegean Sea between Crete and the Peloponnese, is like paradise.

Like Us, the Ancient Greeks Loved Their Dogs

Ancient Greeks had a great love and respect for their dogs, cherishing them as companions, protectors, and hunters.