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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

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 Goddess Hera’s Place in Ancient Greek Mythology

The goddess Hera, who loomed large in Ancient Greek mythology, was not only the wife and sister of Zeus, the King of the gods -- she was also a powerful deity in her own right. Hera, known as Juno in...

Statuary Heads of Greek Gods Unearthed in Ancient City of Aizanoi

The sculpted heads of Greek gods Aphrodite and Dionysus have been unearthed in the ancient city of Aizanoi in western Turkey, Anadolu Agency reported on Friday. The heads of both Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and Dionysus, the god of...

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...

Byzantine-Era Winepress that Depicts Greek Gods Discovered in Israel

Excavations in Zippori National Park, Israel, have revealed Byzantine-era winepresses, 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 has many...

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.

Korean Boyband BTS Inspired by Iconic Ancient Greek Mythology

K-pop, or Korean popular music, has grown from a South Korean national obsession to a bonafide cultural export that has created legions of fans across the entire world. The K-pop boyband BTS has quickly become one of the most...

Why Ancient Greeks Mixed Wine With Seawater

Mixing wine and seawater may sound unappealing today, yet it is a winemaking practice that goes back to Ancient Greece, later to be followerd by the Romans

Ancient Mask of Greek God Dionysus Found in Western Turkey

An extremely expressive terracotta 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...