Bust of Greek God of Wine-Making Unearthed in England
Archaeologists have discovered an important artifact in Cockermouth, England - a bust of the ancient Greek deity Silenus associated with Dionysus. Dionysus was an ancient Greek god who was related with various things such as grape harvest, winemaking, orchards and...
Shrine of Greek God Dionysus Discovered at Leicester Cathedral
An ancient Roman shrine, possibly of the Greek god Dionysus, was discovered buried beneath the graveyard of Leicester Cathedral in the United Kingdom. The find, along with thousands of others, was identified by archaeologists during preparatory excavations for the construction ...
Greek God Dionysus’ Military Campaign to India
Dionysus is an Ancient Greek god and part of the Roman pantheon. He was known as Bacchus to the Romans and was connected with the Italian god of fertility and wine, Liber Pater. Interestingly, he is also associated with India...
How Was Winter Solstice Celebrated in Ancient Greece?
The winter solstice occurs on December 21st in our current calendar and marks the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. For many ancient Greeks following the Attic calendar, the winter solstice was a time for celebrations...
The Ancient Greek Roots of Christmas Traditions
Christmas is one of the most important and perhaps the most treasured celebration of Christianity and is a day filled with joy and love. Surprisingly, many elements of Christmas celebrations have their roots in ancient Greece. Every country celebrates with...
Why Did Ancient Greek Actors Wear Theater Masks?
One of the most enduring art forms from ancient Greece is that of theater. Greek tragedies and comedies are a touchstone for understanding ancient Greece's culture -- from Euripedes to Sophocoles -- and their written forms are still widely...
The Top Five Craziest Greek Gods
As we count down the top five crazy Greek gods, many will wish to know who the absolute craziest is. But what should the criteria for crazy be exactly? This is difficult to say. Calling people crazy is sometimes insulting....
Statuary Heads of Greek Gods Unearthed in Ancient City of Aizanoi
The sculpted heads of Greek gods Aphrodite and Dionysus were recently unearthed in the ancient city of Aizanoi in western Turkey. The heads of both Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and Dionysus, the god of wine, "are important findings for...
Byzantine-Era Winepress that Depicts Greek Gods Discovered in Israel
Excavations in Zippori National Park, Israel, recently revealed Byzantine-era winepresses and structures, one of which has a mosaic depicting what appears to be a wine-drinking contest between the Greek gods Dionysus and Heracles. The site of the Zippori National Park...
Hermes of Praxiteles Statue a Timeless Symbol of Hellenism
The statue of Hermes and the Infant Dionysus was discovered on 1877 but its influential presence makes it a timeless piece of Hellenism.