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Did the Spartans Throw Their Babies Off the Cliff?

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Ancient Greek Philosophers’ Timeless Wisdom and Quotes

The Story of Oedipus: The Most Tragic of All Greek Myths

Plato’s Theaetetus: What is True Knowledge?

The Greek Goddess Gaia and Her Connection to Earth Day

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Iris, the Greek Goddess of the Rainbow

Heraclitus of Ephesus: The Philosopher of Change (Bio & Quotes)

Alexander's Legacy: The Hellenistic Period and the Dawn of a New Era

Homeric Hymn to Demeter Or The Thesmophoria – Which Came First?

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Hypatia And The Great Fall Of Alexandria

Examining Plato’s Most Important Dialogues: What is ‘The Sophist’?

The Longest Greek Word is Actually an Ancient Recipe

The Colossus of Rhodes: The Life & Afterlife of the Ancient Wonder

Theia—Greek Goddess of Light, the Sun, the Moon, and Wisdom

Hypatia: The Female Greek Philosopher Killed for Her Beliefs

Eros and Psyche: The Greatest Love Story in Greek Mythology

Prometheus Bound: The Tragic Story Told Through 17 Artworks

May 12, 2023

Greek Sculpture - Ancient History Encyclopedia

Greek sculpture from 800 to 300 BCE took early inspiration from Egyptian and Near Eastern monumental art, and over centuries evolved into a uniquely Greek vision of the art form. Greek artists would reach a peak of artistic excellence which captured the human form in a way never before seen and which was much copied.
May 02, 2023

Oldest Song from Ancient Greece: The Seikilos Song

The Seikilos Stele contains the oldest song from ancient Greece and dates to c.100 BCE. This video explores how the stele was found and how the song sounds; it is sung at 2:28! As long as you live,shine forth do not at all grieve,Life exists for a short while,Time takes its course.Hoson zēis phainou mēden holōs su lupou pros oligon esti to zēn to telos ho chronos apaitei.

June 17, 2023

7 Cities in Turkey of Great Greek Heritage

Turkey was once full of Greek cities which were the cradle of ancient Greek scientific and philosophical thought. Visitors can still find the remnants of a glorious past.
June 15, 2023

Agnodice: The First Woman Doctor of Ancient Greece

Women in the medical arts can be traced back to the story of Agnodice in ancient Greece. Some scholars argue that she was not a real person but rather a well-constructed myth. Whether lore or not, her story has been clung to by midwives for millennia. As the story goes, Agnodice had been determined since her youth to aid women in their childbearing—a task that for much of human history fell to female relatives or wizened old women. Facing young Agnodice in Ancient Greece was the problem that women had been completely blocked from studying, let alone practicing, medicine, which included the…
June 11, 2023

5 Ancient Greek Engineering Inventions Still Used Today

The influence of Ancient Greece on the modern world is pervasive, from democratic institutions to classical influences on art and architecture. The ancient civilization also invented a wide range of technologies, some of which are now central to modern life. From the odometer to the gimbal, these ancient Greek engineering inventions are ubiquitous today and have been central to many advancements that followed. Read more below for 5 famous examples of ancient Greek technology still used today.

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May 28, 2023

A History of Epic w/ Gregory Nagy and Leonard Muellner (Homer, Iliad, Gilgamesh)

What can anthropology tell us about the origins of humanity's oldest epic stories? And what can these epics, in turn, tell us about our undying fascination with heroes? Joining us to explore these topics and more are Gregory Nagy, professor of classics at Harvard University and director of the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington DC, as well as Leonard Muellner, professor emeritus at Brandeis University and director for publications at the Center for Hellenic Studies.
May 27, 2023

Homer's Meta-Odyssey w/ Richard Martin

Mythology expert Richard Martin joins us to discuss why the Odyssey has been considered great story-telling by audiences across millennia. As we talked about in episode 2 (on the Iliad), the Homeric epics came out of a long tradition of oral storytelling that stretched back hundreds of years into the Bronze Age. If there was a Homer, he did not just make up all these monsters and adventures up the top of his head. He inherited most of the individual episodes from the oral tradition. If we want to understand what makes the Odyssey great story-telling, we should look not for originality in the…
May 26, 2023

Athletics in Homer’s Odyssey

Athletic scenes in the Odyssey are numerous, occur at critical moments in the text, and illustrate status, identity, and power dynamics between various characters. Much has been written on the famous scenes of athletics in the poem, such as the games of the Phaeacians, the boxing match between Odysseus and the beggar Irus, and contest of the bow. This talk focuses on several other athletic depictions in the poem to consider the breadth of ancient cultural knowledge of sport and its importance across the epic.

June 16, 2023

Did Ancient Greeks Enjoy Swimming and Going to the Beach?

Every summer, Greeks flock to the beaches of the Aegean and the Ionian seas to swim, sunbathe, or just relax in picturesque tavernas or modern beach bars. But did the ancient Greeks swim and enjoy the beach as much as we do today? What was the relationship of ancient Greeks to the beach? It may seem unlikely that affluent inland Athenians or Spartans would ride their chariot to the shore. Although the culture of vacationing at the beach only really got started in the late 1700s in Europe, as improved transportation made it easier to reach the sea, there is evidence that ancient Greeks indeed…
June 14, 2023

Did the Ancient Greeks See Blue Like We Do?

Although Greece is full of many shades of blue—iconic blue roofs found across the islands, rich sapphire seas, and bright blue skies—linguists and experts on the ancient world have long been puzzled by the conspicuous absence of a distinct word for the color in Ancient Greek. Yet does this mean that Ancient Greeks could not see the color blue, as some argue, or that they just saw it differently, considering it not as a distinct color, but as part of a spectrum of shades? We know that language, especially regarding colors, has a significant impact on the way we experience the world around us.…
June 10, 2023

Plato’s Parmenides: 3 Arguments Against Plato’s Theory of Forms

How did Parmenides criticize Plato’s theory of reality? This article explores three of the objections which Parmenides raises against Plato’s theory of the forms, in Plato’s eponymous dialogue. This theory, as developed in the Parmenides, is itself an attack on a key tenet of Parmenides’ philosophy. This article firstly situates the Parmenides within Plato’s wider authorship, then explains the argument which the theory of forms is developed in response to, before setting out Parmenides three most significant objections: the ‘whole-part dilemma’, the ‘third man’ argument, and the epistemic…

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The fire pump of Ktesibios and Heron
The fire pump of Ktesibios and Heron (3rd c. B.C., 1st c. A.D.) The first fire-f...
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The pantograph of Heron
The pantograph of Heron (1st c. A.D.) The first device of copy, enlargement and...

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