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Map of the World as Herodotus — The Father of History — Knew It

Herodotus, the Greek historian who is known as "The Father of History," gave the world such detailed knowledge of the world as it was known to the ancient Greeks that we can create a map showing all the peoples,...

Severed Limbs and Wooden Feet: How the Ancients Invented Prosthetics

An early mention of an ancient prosthetic comes from the Greek historian Herodotus, who tells the story of Hegesistratus, an Ancient Greek diviner who cut off his own foot to escape his Spartan captors -- and replaced it with...

The Greek Historian Herodotus, Known as “The Father of History”

Herodotus, or Ἡρόδοτος, born in Halicarnassus in 484 BC, was one of the most brilliant Greek thinkers of all time, and is known worldwide as "The Father of History." He took it upon himself to write down the history of the...

Egyptian Shipwreck Proves Greek Historian Herodotus Right — After 2,500 Years

Archaeologists have recently discovered an ancient shipwreck which proves the Greek Historian Herodotus was absolutely correct about the observations he made nearly 25 centuries ago. The shipwreck, discovered recently off the Mediterranean coast of Egypt near the ancient, and now sunken, city...

Greek Books that Influenced the Course of Civilization

They say a book is a man’s best friend, but why is that? Once you take a book in your hand and start to read it, it can accompany you anywhere you go, physically and mentally. A book’s ideas,...

Greece's Hot Springs a Lure for Millennia

Medical tourism (also called medical travel, or health tourism) is not a new alternative therapeutic means. Patients have been on the move searching for medical care for thousands of years, while alternative forms of treatment combining natural sources and...

'Poseidon's Will' Saved Nea Potidea

Ancient Greek Historian Herodotus wrote about a tsunami wave that saved a region close to Thessaloniki, called Nea Potidea, from the Persian invaders in 479 BC. The enemy vanished because of "God Poseidon's will," according to the historian. "There came...