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The “World’s First Cruise Liner” Was Designed by Archimedes

The world's first colossal ship, not unlike a modern cruise liner in form and function, was designed and built by the ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes. The massive sea vessel was constructed in the third century BC and was commissioned by...

The Story of the Ancient Greek Metropolis of Syracuse

  The ancient city-state of Syracuse (Συράκουσαι), was a Greek colony established on the eastern coast of Sicily. The city rose to prominence as a metropolis, a powerful center of trade and Greek culture. Syracuse was declared by the Roman...

The Most Important Ancient Greek Colonies in History

The first ancient Greek colonies were established as early as the 8th century BC, while wide colonization continued through the 5th

Ancient Greek Altar Discovered in Sicily

On Friday, local authorities on the Italian island of Sicily reported the discovery of an ancient Greek altar at the archaeological site of Segesta. The altar is about 2,000 years old and dates back to the Hellenistic period just before...

The Sword of Damocles: Why Great Power Comes with Great Danger

The story of the "Sword of Damocles" is one of the most well-known from ancient Greek history, and it perfectly illustrates the dangers that come with taking on a massive amount of power. The story, which may or may not...