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The May Day Wreath and Its Roots in Ancient Greece

One aspect of modern May Day celebrations is the preparation of a flower wreath from wild flowers against a background of green leaves

The Ancient Greek Tradition of Birthday Cake

The global tradition of blowing out candles on a birthday cake might be rooted in an ancient Greek votive ritual to honor the goddess Artemis

Top Baby Names Inspired by Greek Mythology

Names for babies inspired by Greek history and mythology are gaining popularity in the United States. The cast of gods and goddesses of Roman and Greek myth offers a treasure trove of baby name ideas. From Athena to Zeus, you...

Lamia, the Man-devouring Goddess of Greek Mythology

Lamia, one of the lesser-known demons in Greek mythology, is a bit of a shapeshifter, known as a man-eating monster.

The Ancient Greeks Had Alternative Facts Too

The ancient Greeks had different ways of thinking about narrative and truth than we do today. By Joel Christensen In an age of deepfakes and alternative facts, it can be tricky getting at the truth. But persuading others—or even yourself—of what...

Epidaurus’ Dig Uncovers Layers of Ancient Greek History

Recent excavations at the Asclepeion of Epidaurus have revealed the remains of an even older temple building found at the shrine.

Was Helen Really to Blame for the Trojan War – or Just a Scapegoat?

The outcome of Helen's relationship with Paris hardly needs to be repeated: the ten-year Trojan war and the destruction of the city.

Eight Magnificent Greek Works of Art Found in Foreign Museums

The Parthenon Marbles are the most famous of all the Greek antiquities displayed in museums outside the country.

The Ancient Greek Treasure of the Amphiareion of Oropos

The Amphiareion of Oropos in East Attica with its temple and theater, is one of the lesser-known treasures of Greek antiquity.

Greece’s Beautiful Mount Ziria, Birthplace of Hermes

According to the legend, the Pleiad known as Maia gave birth to Zeus' son Hermes in a cave near the lake Dasios on Mount Ziria near the village of Trikala. Also known as Mount Kyllini or Mount Cyllene, this mountain...