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Palindrome Inscription Found on Ancient Amulet in Cyprus

A team of Polish archaeologists in Nea Paphos, Cyprus have unearthed a 1,500-year-old two-sided amulet depicting a palindrome inscription written in ancient Greek. Palindromes are phrases that are read the same both forward and backwards. The amulet's 59-letter inscription reads: "ΙΑΕW ΒΑΦΡΕΝΕΜ...

Afghan Refugee in Greece Awarded Scholarship to Study in US

Arezu, a young Afghan refugee living on the island of Lesvos, Greece, was awarded a scholarship to study in Boston recently. The 12-year-old girl fled Afghanistan with her family when she was just seven years old. Her mother, Mariam, was...

Roman Port, Stunning Amphorae Discovered Under Sea Off Crete

Treasures from the Roman era of Greek history were discovered recently at the bottom of the sea on the Gulf of Paleokastro near the town of Sitia on the Greek island of Crete. The underwater research, undertaken by the Ephorate...

Iklaina: The First City-State of Ancient Greece and Europe

The little-known site Iklaina on the Peloponnesian peninsula was a major center of Mycenaean culture; findings now indicate that it was the very first city-state in ancient Greece. Iklaina marks the transition from a world without organized states to a...

Euripides’ Medea and Her Terrible Revenge Against the Patriarchy

Euripides’ dismissal by some as a misogynist sits uncomfortably alongside his complex and sympathetic female characters. By Paul Salmond The Athenian poet Euripides was the last of the three great Greek tragedians, after Aeschylus and Sophocles -- and also the least successful. Greek tragedies were...

Kostas Karyotakis, the Brilliantly Evocative Modern Greek Poet

Kostas Y. Karyotakis, who was born in Tripolis in 1896 and died in Preveza in 1928, is one of the finest modern Greek poets of the 1920s. His poetry has been translated into over thirty languages and he is...

Illegal Trade in Antiquities is the Scourge of Millennia

The looting of artifacts has always been a sign of military might or economic power. To combat this illicit traffic in antiquities it is necessary to have a comprehensive international strategy, which allows once and for all to stop...

The Magic of Creating Replicas of Ancient Greek Masterpieces

A workshop in Athens produces the only officially-certified replicas of ancient Greek masterpieces which are later sold at the country's archaeological sites, monuments and museums. The exact copies of the most iconic pieces of ancient Greek art are made by...

How the Super Rich Paid Taxes in Ancient Greece

Taxation in ancient Greece was much different than any modern system. It's difficult to imagine now, but in ancient Greece, the richest of the rich actually competed to pay the most in taxes. Direct taxation paid to the government at...