Greek Language Day: Honoring The Mother of Western Languages
International Greek Language Day is celebrated annually every February 9, the day which also honors the memory of the Greek national poet Dionysios Solomos, who wrote Greece's national anthem ''Hymn to Liberty.'' This celebration seeks to highlight the Greek language’s...
Rare Photo Taken on 1895 Athens Roof Terrace Brought to Light
This extraordinary photo of a group of people relaxing around a table on the roof terrace of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) building in Athens was recently released by the Institute. The DAI says the photo was most likely taken...
Spyros Louis: The Olympics Marathon Hero Who Did it All to Impress a Girl
In the summer Olympics of 1896 in Athens Spyros Louis took advantage of the opportunity to impress his love.
The Presidential Guard: How Evzones Became a Potent Symbol of Greece
The long and honorable history of the Greek Presidential Guard (or Proedrikí Frourá in Greek) goes back to more than 150 years ago to December 12, 1868, the day it was established in the modern Greek state. This distinguished, battalion-sized...
Ancient Coin Proves ‘Fake’ Roman Emperor was Real
An ancient gold coin of a long-lost third century Roman emperor once believed to have been fake has now been proven to be real. Sponsian, the military leader of a breakaway Roman state in Europe, had been written out of...
Plagues Follow Bad Leadership in Ancient Greek Tales
The tales of ancient Greece remind the public that leaders must be able to plan for the future based on past events. Examples are evidenced through leaders' performance in the great plagues. By Joel Christensen In the fifth century BC, the...
Why Did Ancient Greek Actors Wear Theater Masks?
One of the most enduring art forms from ancient Greece is that of theater. Greek tragedies and comedies are a touchstone for understanding ancient Greece's culture -- from Euripedes to Sophocoles -- and their written forms are still widely...
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...
How Greek Antiquities Slipped Through Nazi Fingers
In April 1941, German troops invaded Athens. The next morning, Nazi officers went to the National Archaeological Museum to inspect the antiquities and assess which ones they would steal to transport them to Germany. However, to their surprise, the museum...
When the Heroic Greek Evzone Was Featured in Life Magazine
A Greek Evzone was featured on the cover of the American magazine Life, honoring the heroic battles of Greek soldiers against the invading Italians in 1940. The issue was published in mid-December 1940 approximately fifty days after Mussolini's forces attacked...