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Ioannis Varvakis: a Pirate and Benefactor of the Greek Revolution

A pirate and benefactor, Ioannis Varvakis had a bright life, supporting the Greek Revolution and becoming famous in both Greece and Russia. He managed to embody several destinies into a single person. Varvakis was a successful shipowner, and many Turkish...

The Ancient Oracle of Delphi, Greece

The Oracle of Delphi has become a byword for prophecy, and many of the glories of Delphi's architecture and art have survived to this day.

The Great Fire of Thessaloniki that Completely Changed the City

The Great Fire of Thessaloniki, which broke out on August 18, 1917, completely changed the city's appearance and path of development. This catastrophe was one of the most decisive factors that determined what the city looks like today. The...

Football Started in Greece, Ancient Artifact Reveals

A relief exhibited at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece shows an ancient Greek youth practicing by balancing a football on his thigh in front of a small boy. This means that football, albeit in a primitive form,...

The Fascinating History of Ancient Greek Messengers

The recognizable and contemporary form of the Greek post may trace its origins back to the depths of ancient Greek history. In total, generally-speaking, the history of the postal service is several millennia old. For the first time, a postal...

The Academy of Athens: A Neoclassical Masterpiece

The Academy of Athens is lauded around the world as a marvelous example of neoclassical architecture, or architecture that draws on themes and aesthetics from antiquity, as filtered through a nineteenth-century eye. Located in the center of the city and...

Harsh Lessons from the Ancient Greek City-State of Sparta

The long and (mostly) illustrious history of the ancient Greek city-state of Sparta defines the word "legendary."

Women Who Loomed Large in Greek History

Women in Greek history have persevered, protected, challenged and led in many realms over the centuries, including religion and the arts.

Ancient Greek Athletes Who Defined the Olympic Games

Ancient Greek Olympians left their mark on history, with many of their accomplishments recorded by the greatest historians of the times.

Istanbul vs. Constantinople: Why Both Words are Greek

Istanbul is a name that the Greeks actually gave to the city. "Istanbul" derives from the Greek phrase "Is tin poli," meaning "into the city."