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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.

The Myth of King Midas and His Golden Touch

It is common to hear the expression "like King Midas" to refer to people who make a lot of profit or enjoy great financial success in all their businesses. However, the origins of this expression come from a greedy...

A History of Wine in Ancient Greece

The recorded history of wine in Ancient Greece begins around the 15th century BC, while viticulture appears to have existed as early as in the Neolithic era, 6,500 years ago