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How Byzantine Architecture Influenced the World

Despite relative obscurity in Western historiography, Byzantine architecture has had a profound influence across the world. Not limited to the confines of the Byzantine Empire itself, the architecture of this enigmatic civilization made a significant impression on its Islamic and...

Jim Raptis: The Greek Who Changed the Face of Australia’s Gold Coast

Jim Raptis, born in Evia, Greece, changed the face of the most cosmopolitan region of Australia -- the Gold Coast.

“Karavaki,” the Tradition of Decorating Boats—Not Trees—at Christmas

The tradition of the ''Karavaki,'' which is Greek for ''small boat,'' is deeply rooted in the folkways of a country with a symbiotic relationship with the sea.

Priestesses Among Few Women Who Had Status, Power in Ancient Greece

Life for women in most city states of Ancient Greece, was very difficult but ancient Greek priestesses had powers that gave them high status.

War May Not Be an Essential Part of Human Nature

Whether or not war is part of human nature has been debated throughout history. Of course, there is ample evidence of killings in archaeology, but individual homicide is not actual, full-blown war, in which organized peoples take up arms...

Socrates, the Founder of Western Philosophy

Socrates is the most important exponent of Western philosophy, his ideas forming a continuum from Ancient Greece to today's Western thought

The Ancient Greeks of Gujarat, India

Gujarat is one of the most prosperous states in India, with a talented diaspora, known for its business acumen, spread throughout the Western World. Gujaratis have played an important role in global trade from the Persian Gulf to the...

Tomb With Greek Mummy Unearthed in Aswan, Egypt

A Greco-Roman-era tomb with a Greek mummy was unearthed recently in Aswan, Egypt. In an extremely unusual discovery, the archaeologists found a copper plaque with the man's name—Nikostratos—near his body. The amazing find was made as part of excavations undertaken...

10,000-Year-Old Grave in Italy Has Earliest Infant Burial in Europe

The 10,000-year-old burial of a female infant, the earliest such burial known in Europe, shows that society even in Mesolithic times honored its youngest members and that females were treated the same as males in this regard. Archaeologists at the...

Neanderthal Footprints Found in Spain Could Be 275,000 Years Old

The first Neanderthal footprints from the Iberian Peninsula discovered last year may have belonged to other members of the genus ‘Homo.’ A little over a year ago, we reported on a large area at the foot of the Asperillo cliff...