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Philoxenia: The Roots of Greek Hospitality

The ancient Greek value of hospitality which ranked at the top of the list of virtues, and still lives on today in Greece, is “philoxenia”

How the Ancient Greeks Merged Their Gods With Foreign Ones

As the ancient Greeks encountered other civilizations and cultures through trade, conquest, and colonization, they often merged their own gods with foreign deities in a process of religious syncretism. Ancient Greek religious syncretism was characterized by the blending and assimilation...

Greek Gods and Their Symbolic Animals

The awe-inspiring Greek gods, deeply intertwined with the natural world, are associated with certain animals considered to be sacred embodiments of various gods. Through their unique characteristics, the creatures mirror the divine powers of these gods. Numerous legends recount instances...

What Did Ancient Greeks and Vikings Have in Common

The main thing that ancient Greeks and Vikings had in common was their love of the sea. Both were seafaring peoples, yet the former were traders and explorers, while the latter were mostly plunderers. In regards to Greek versus Norse...

Greek God Zeus Sparks Controversy in Muslim Malaysia

Coffee brand Zus Coffee in Malaysia is fighting against boycott efforts after allegations that its logo and name were derived from the Greek god Zeus. It has a striking logo with the face of a bearded man in white, over...

Dionysus, the Astonishingly Modern Olympic God

By Patrick Garner The ancient Greeks considered Dionysus the 12th and final Olympic god. He was not taken seriously by his father Zeus nor by most of the other gods. His mother Semele was an unfortunate village girl who had...

How Europe Got Its Name: The Greek Myth of Europa

Europe got its name from the Greek princess of Phoenicia, Europa. According to Greek mythology, Zeus, the king of the Olympian Gods, transformed into a beautiful white bull to abduct the girl he loved. The story of Europa is one...

Dionysus’ Invasion to India in Greek Mythology

According to ancient myths, Dionysus, the ancient Greek god of wine, invaded India long before Alexander the Great was born. Dionysus is an Ancient Greek god and also part of the Roman pantheon. He was known as Bacchus to the...

The Most Prolific Couples in Ancient Greek Mythology

Greek mythology has captured people's imaginations for millennia, particularly the stories of love that feature adoring and often tragic couples, some of which produced countless children. Oceanus and Tethys Oceanus and Tethys seem to be one of the few monogamous couples...

Greek Mythology Created the Romantic Concept of Second Halves

"Love is born into every human being; it calls back the halves of our original nature together," Plato appealed to the myth of androgynes. This beautiful legend gave rise to one of the most popular romantic concepts about finding...