Greek History News


Earliest Known Extract from Homer’s Odyssey

A clay tablet with an engraved inscription discovered during excavations at the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia has been shown to preserve 13 verses of Homer’s Odyssey. According to a Greek Culture Ministry announcement today, initial estimates date the tablet to the Roman era, possibly before the 3rd century AD. If the tablet’s age is […]

Greek History News

For those who are interested in ancient Greece, we have created this section on history news, to bring you information on the latest archaeological finds, research, documentaries and news from the islands and broader Greece. We hope you will enjoy our articles.            

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The Palace of Aigai opens to the Public

After major redevelopment, the archaeological site of the Palace of Aigai has opened to the public this week. Considered not only to be the biggest, but together with the Parthenon, the most significant building of classical Greece, Constructed during the reign of King Philip II (359-336 BC), the father of Alexander the Great,  on a […]


The World’s Most Influential Story!

Homer’s Odyssey has been voted the most influential story to have shaped the world, according to a poll of more than 100 international authors, academics, journalists and critics conducted by Britain’s BBC. The Odyssey is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, the other great work ascribed to Homer, and is the second-oldest extant work in Western […]


Earliest Petroglyphs in Greece

Archaeologists have discovered probably the earliest Greek art in a cave in Crete , dating back to the last Ice Age, according to the Journal of Archaeological Science. The artwork found in Asphendou Cave is the earliest known Greek portrayal of extinct animals and is more than 11,000 years old. Speaking to the journal, Dr […]


Phaistos Disc Deciphered?

Archaeologist and linguist, Dr. Gareth Owens, has announced that the decipherment of the Phaistos Disc is 99% complete. Owens, who has devoted the last 30 years to trying to solve the puzzle, will make an official announcement of the results of his research on February 7. The Phaistos Disc, made of fired clay, was discovered in […]


Ancient Bronze Age Complex Discovered

Archaeologists digging on the Cycladic island of Keros in the central Aegean, have revealed “unusually sophisticated prehistoric monuments,” according to a press release from Cambridge University’s Department of Archaeology. The report said that new excavations has revealed that the settlement of Daskalio, the site adjoining the prehistoric sanctuary on Keros, had a “more imposing and […]


Amazing Ancient Mathematics

It was over 2,000 years ago that the ancient Greek mathematician Eratosthenes calculated the Earth’s circumference. Using only a stick, Eratosthenes calculated that the circumference is approximately 40,030 km, a figure that mid-20th century scientists came up with after launching satellites into space. Eratosthenes, who was the head of the Library at Alexandria, had heard […]

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St. Nicholas Relic

In Greece, December 6 is celebrated as St. Nicholas Day, who is the country’s patron saint, and all but restaurants, tavernas and a few shops close to celebrate the day. The 4th century saint is of course also famously known around the world as Father Christmas. In early December 2017, a report by the University […]

The ‘Classical’ Finger!

The Greek ‘Classical Period’ was not only a time of beauty, art and culture. It is through historic writings that we learn that Diogenes the Cynic, the ancient Greek philosopher, was probably the man who invented ‘the finger’ insult! The biographer of ancient Greek philosophers, Diogenes Laertios, wrote that the cynical philosopher made the gesture to […]