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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

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 Roman...

Korean Boyband BTS Inspired by Ancient Greek Mythology

K-pop megastars BTS who met President Biden at the White House on Tuesday have referenced and drawn inspiration from Ancient Greek mythology. “Hi, we’re BTS, and it is a great honor to be invited to the White House today to...

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...

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

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...