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Tattoos Were for Criminals in Ancient Greece

Tattoos were considered a sign of "otherness" in ancient Greece, as it was either foreigners or slaves, criminals, and captives who had tattoos in ancient Greek society. Body modification, such as tattoos and piercings, has been common throughout human societies...

Athens Authentic Marathon Retraces the Footsteps of Pheidippides

Thousands of runners from all over the world are participating in the Athens Authentic Marathon taking place on Saturday and Sunday. There are three major runs during the event which all have finishing lines at the Panathenaic Stadium, home to...

Egyptian Shipwreck Proves Ancient Greek Historian Herodotus Right

An ancient shipwreck proves the Greek historian Herodotus was correct about the observations he made about Egyptian vessels nearly twenty-five centuries ago, archaeologists said recently. The shipwreck, discovered in the Nile River near the ancient, and now sunken, city of...

Ancient Greece and Africa Share Long History

Africans and Ancient Greeks had long, rich history together often reflected in the depiction of Africa in Ancient Greek art. The first contact between Greeks and Africans was sometime during the Bronze Age. At this time, the Minoan culture...

Why Spartan Men Had Long Hair

In ancient Greece, hair was an important indicator of class and place of origin. Notably,  Spartan men were known for their long, flowing hair, which became linked to the ancient warriors in antiquity. While many would not associate long, beautiful...

Griffins: The Noble Protectors of Ancient Greece

Griffins, the unique mythological creatures with the head of an eagle and the body of a lion, were often mentioned in ancient Greek plays

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 record the history of the...

Edible Insects: New Frontier For Western Cuisine Has Ancient Roots

With the green light for the production and introduction of the first edible insects into European markets, conflicting opinions were rife.

Severed Limbs and Wooden Feet: How 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 a wooden...

Four Amazing Astronomical Discoveries from Ancient Greece

Ancient Greek scientists and mathematicians in ancient Greece made some of the most significant astronomical discoveries centuries ago.