The Pyramid-like Peak of Mount Taygetus in Greece
The pyramid-like peak of Mount Taygetus (or Taygetos) in southern Peloponnese Greece has been captured in all its glory by a drone video. The name of the mountain is one of the oldest recorded in Europe, appearing in the Odyssey....
Ancient Spartan Dialect Tsakonika Still Alive Despite Ravages of Time
Tsakonika, the language of ancient Sparta, still survives today, despite the ravages of time and the many reversals of fortune in Greece.
Black Broth: What the Warriors of Ancient Sparta Ate
In ancient Greece, Sparta was famous for two things: the bravery of its warriors in battle and its atrocious food, says chef Max Miller who prepared the infamous black broth or melas zomos. During the communal daily meal, bread, called...
How Economic Sanctions in Ancient Greece Backfired, Prolonging War
Sanctions date back to antiquity, with the "Megarian Decree" issued by Athenian statesman Pericles in 432 BC being the first recorded
Stunning Ancient Mosaics Adorn New Museum in Sparta, Greece
Two rare Roman floor mosaics discovered in Greece will feature in a new museum in Sparta which officially opens on November 21st. The Abduction of Europa and Orpheus with the Animals mosaics were accidentally discovered in the late 19th century...
What Were the Ancient Spartans Like?
Spartan society was very different from the rest in Greece, an example was the absence of walls, the city was protected only by its soldiers.
The Ancient Greek Battle of Thermopylae Honored in Ireland
One does not normally equate Ancient Greece with Ireland, but there is a small Moravian Church with a small garden in an even smaller village named Kilwarlin, where the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BCE has been honored. Basil Patras...
Spartathlon: Runners Trace Footsteps of Pheidippides from Athens to Sparta
Hundreds of ultra-marathon runners are taking part in the historic Spartathlon race from Athens to Sparta that started on Friday. The Spartathlon is a historic ultra-distance foot race that takes place in September of every year in Greece. It is...
Aristodemus: The Only Survivor of Sparta’s 300 Died a Hero
The story of Aristodemus of Sparta, who was branded a traitor but eventually turned a hero, is one of the Battle of Thermopylae's sub-chapters. Nearly all historical events have both heroes as well as villains. In the Battle of Thermopylae...
Children are Curious to Know: Who Were the Spartans?
Curious Kids, a website that posts inquiries made by the most curious of minds—those of children—recently found themselves answering a question posted by a young reader who wanted an expert to answer his question: “Who were the Spartans?” It is...