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Why Do We Ignore the Ancient Treasures Atop Mediterranean Mountains?

In ancient times, the mountaintops of the Mediterranean held the shrines and ritual sites of the Greek gods. These days, they’re astonishingly unloved and neglected. By Jason König The mountains of the Mediterranean are permanent reminders of the past. The ancient...

The Colossus of Rhodes: Six Facts About the Wonder of Ancient World

Most people today know the Colossus of Rhodes as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but there are many little-known facts about the masterpiece that may surprise you. The ancient island of Rhodes, the kállistin (best) of...

The Death of Actaeon and the Capriciousness of Fate

Disasters are inevitable, even in Greek mythology; a great example of this is the unfortunate fate suffered by the young protagonist of the ancient myth of Actaeon and Diana. By Alastair Blanshard Why do bad things happen to good people? It is a question...

Greek Heroine Atalanta Wrestled Men, Sailed with Argonauts

Atalanta, a heroine from ancient Greek mythology, was known never to back down from a challenge. She was an incredibly skilled huntress and had immense strength and speed which could match that of the strongest and fastest of the...

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...

The Greek Myth of Pandora’s Box — Source of All Trouble and Discord

The secret offshore wealth of more than 300 world leaders, politicians and billionaires, just exposed in the “Pandora Papers” on Sunday in one of the largest-ever leaks of financial data, brings to mind the fury and discord unleashed when...

The Myth of Narcissus: The Consequences of Being Vain in Greek Mythology

The word "narcissistic" is often used to refer to someone who is self-centered or does not stop looking in the mirror. This word comes from the ancient Greek myth about Narcissus, a youth of incredible beauty who fell insatiably...

Some Greeks Have Returned to Worshipping Gods of Ancient Greece

Some Greeks have returned to worshipping the ancient gods as groups dedicated to the adoration of mythological figures spring up across modern-day Greece. Several different organizations and events exist that are working to create modern forms of celebration and ritual...

What Happened to Achilles After the Iliad?

Achilles, the main character of the Iliad, remains one of the emblematic heroes of Greek mythology and modern literature for his bravery and fierceness in avenging the death of his best friend, Patroclus. Homer's epic poem, along with Odyssey, has...

Lichadonisia: Experience the Mythical, Little-known Exotic Greek Islets

There is history and mythology abounding throughout Greece, and the exotic Greek islands of Lichadonisia are no exception. The enticing, magical tales of the creation of this island complex located northeast of Evia, in the North Evia Gulf, only adds...