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Football Started in Greece, Ancient Artifact Reveals

A relief exhibited at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece shows an ancient  Greek youth practicing by balancing a football on his thigh in front of a small boy. This means that football, albeit in a primitive form,...

The First Ever Cheesecake Was Served to Ancient Greek Olympic Athletes

Cheesecake is one of the most recognizable and popular desserts. You may assume its origins trace back to France or possibly Italy, as the fluffy cream cheesecake has become a staple of traditional bakeries. But cheesecake has a very different...

‘Shrine’ in Turkey Turns Out to Be Tomb of Ancient Greek Boxer Diagoras

A 2,300-year-old tomb in southwest Turkey—once revered as a holy Islamic site—turns out to be the tomb of ancient Greek boxer Diagoras.

Doping in Ancient Greece

Doping in sports goes back to the first Olympic Games in ancient Greece. Banned substances were used by athletes to boost their performance.

The Ancient Greek Origins of Wreaths

Wreaths, now commonly used as home decorations, bohemian headpieces, or even Snapchat filters have their origins in ancient Greece and have had a symbolic meaning in Western culture for over two thousand years. Since antiquity, the circular or horseshoe shaped...

Ancient Olympia Soil Sent to France for the Paris Olympic Games

Paris is in the final stretch for the 2024 Olympic Games, and, for symbolic reasons, French officials have turned to ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games in Greece. Representatives of France’s Terre de Jeux 2024 collected soil from...

The Ancient Greek Weightlifter and the 316-Pound Rock

Ancient Greek weightlifter Bybon went down in history for the feat of lifting a 316-pound stone. In Ancient Greece, strength was greatly appreciated as a physical attribute. Weightlifting was common among ancient Greeks, since their culture celebrated strength. Soldiers trained...

2004 Summer Olympics: Greece’s Magical Night on the World Stage

On August 13, 2004 Athens and the whole of Greece showcased its history to the entire world during the spectacular opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympics. It was a night that will live forever in the memory of the...

The Fascinating Origins of the Olympic Games in Ancient Greece

The origins of the Olympic Games take us back into Ancient Greece and the legends of the heroic athletes visiting the city of Olympia.

What Did Ancient Greek Athletes Eat? The Diet of the Olympians

Ancient athletes accomplished many astonishing feats of sport in antiquity. But what diet fueled these ancient athletes and Olympians?