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Greek Village Boasts True Descendants of Sparta

There is a Greek village in Mani, on the Peloponnesian peninsula, called Neochori where all the residents boast that they are true descendants of ancient Spartans. While Maniots claim their ancestors were natives to the southeastern part of Peloponnese even...

How Molon Labe is Distorted by QAnon and the Gun Lobby

By Dean Argiris As Greeks we all know the story. My maternal papou was a proud Spartan and so the story of King Leonidas and his 300 personal guards was akin to a bedtime story for me. It got to the...

Ancient Spartan Dialect Still Alive Despite Ravages of Time and Fortune

Greece, the home of one the oldest civilizations on the globe, is blessed with thousands of priceless monuments, from the Parthenon, the temple at Sounion and the site of Delphi, just to name a few. But perhaps no physical...

Harsh Lessons from the Ancient Greek City-State of Sparta

The long and (mostly) illustrious history of the ancient Greek city-state of Sparta defines the word "legendary." Going beyond truth, it has merged with heroic tales which almost defy belief. The toughness of its warrior class, by any measure,...

Branded a Coward, Died a Hero: A Film about the Only Survivor of Leonidas’ 300

Nearly all historical events have both heroes as well as villains. In the Battle of Thermopylae, Leonidas and his brave 300 were the heroes — and Ephialtes of Trachis, the vile traitor who betrayed the Spartan army, served as...

New Archaeological Museum Approved for Ancient City of Sparta

Plans to construct a new Archaeological Museum in Sparta have recently been approved, along with renovations to repair the old museum, which houses thousands of artifacts from the ancient world. The announcement came a few days ago, following the approval...

Branded a Coward, Died a Hero: The Story of the Only Survivor of Leonidas' 300

Nearly all historical events have both heroes as well as villains. In the Battle of Thermopylae Leonidas and his brave 300 were the heroes -- and Ephialtes of Trachis, the vile traitor who betrayed the Spartan army, served as...

Quarantined Actor Gerard Butler Marries Local Sparta Woman

For the last couple of weeks Scots actor Gerard Butler has been quarantined in Sparta, after arriving in the area to present to carry the flame for the 2020 Olympic Games torch relay. As lockdown rules went into effect and the...