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2,400-Year-Old Mask of Ancient Greek God Dionysus Found in Western Turkey

An extremely expressive terra-cotta mask, thought to represent the Greek god Dionysus, was recently unearthed during excavations of the ancient Greek city of Daskyleion in Western Turkey. The newly-discovered treasure, which appears to represent a rather tipsy god, was located...

The Ancient Greek Roots of Christmas Celebrations

Christmas is one of the the most important -- and perhaps the most treasured -- celebration of Christianity, filled with joy and love. Countries around the world celebrate with different customs which have deep roots within history and tradition....

Alexander the Great Depicted in Israeli Mosaics

This summer, excavations directed by UNC-Chapel Hill College of Arts and Sciences professor Jodi Magness revealed stunning new mosaics that decorated the floor of the Late Roman synagogue in the ancient Jewish village of Huqoq in Israel. The mosaic discovered in...

France: Ancient Greek Jug Found in Celtic Prince’s Grave

National Institute of Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP) archaeologists unearthed the tomb of an ancient Celtic ruler in Lavau, France. They were surprised to find an ancient Greek wine jug - decorated with images of Greek god Dionysus - buried in...

The Roots of "Christmas" in Ancient Greece

Christmas is the most important, and perhaps the most treasured, celebration of Christianity filled with joy and love. Every country celebrates with different customs that have deep roots within history and tradition. We can find a variety of similarities...

Ten Plus 1 Greek-Inspired Halloween Costumes

With Halloween just around the corner, people have chaotically flooded the streets in search of the perfect costume. Among the costumes featured in stores, many are inspired by ancient cultures and especially Ancient Greece. After conducting some field research...

Greece’s Long Tradition in Wines

Wine history in Greece dates back to the ancient times, though it is not difficult to find winemakers that keep the ancient traditions of Greek winemaking alive until nowadays. In ancient Greece, wine had its own god, Dionysus. He was...

Dodekatheists Mark Dionysus' Day

Despite sub-zero temperatures, bitter cold, a strong wind and snow covering the top of Mount Olympus, Dodekatheists  decided to climb the slopes to celebrate Dionysus' birthday and Hercules Ilioforos' (brings the sun) incarnation. Dodekatheists, worshippers of the ancient gods of...

Blooded Greek Maenad Goes Viral

This shocking picture taken by the Greek "dimitristheathens" blogspot shows the situation of the country in the scope of an artist - in this case, of a photographer. He realizes the home country's current condition as a nude woman,...