Greek History News

Homer

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 […]

Petroglyphs

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 […]

question

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 […]

Archaeology

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 […]

Eratosthenes

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 […]

Saint Nicholas

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 […]

Archaeological

Masterpiece Found in Greek Tomb

University of Cincinnati researchers unearthed an intricately carved gem; or sealstone, which they believe is one of the finest works of prehistoric Greek art ever discovered. The “Pylos Combat Agate,” as the seal has come to be known since it was unearthed in Pylos, in the Peloponnese, depicts a fierce hand-to-hand battle. It is the latest and […]

Temple

The Parthenon of the Peloponnese

They call it the “Parthenon of the Peloponnese”. The columned temple of Apollo Epicurius is as beautiful as the Parthenon in Athens, as it rises within the sanctuary of Bassae in the mountains of Arcadia, near the border of the Messinia prefecture. The temple is located on a mountain top, at a height of 1,130 metres above […]

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