Poor Minoans. A relentless series of famine, storms, earthquakes, fires, plague, foreign incursions, and volcanic eruptions reduced the masters of the universe to a group of destitute refugees living among the lofty mountains of Crete. And yet some of them survived for centuries, becoming the Eteocretans i.e. the genuine Cretans.
Animals were essential to the ancient Greeks. On a practical level, they were crucial to farm work and food production; they served their masters at war or carried them from place to place.
Ancient Greek parents had the right to expose a newborn child. Poor families with too many children, parents who only wanted sons, or girls who had been raped may not have been inclined to raise the child.
Theagenes of Thasos was the most famous boxer of antiquity. His father was rumored to have been Hercules himself; a phantom of the immortal hero was said to have had intercourse with the mother of Theagenes in the likeness of Timosthenes, a priest.
The philosophers of ancient Greece make up a formidable group of individuals as they debate the nature of truth and seek knowledge of first causes in an architectural setting that resembles the interior of the Basilica of St. Peter.
Heinrich Schliemann was a lucky man. As he removed the earth from the fifth grave he had discovered at Mycenae, he discovered three male bodies;
There was no limit to the usefulness of pottery and the industry created many different types of clay vessels to satisfy the requirements of clients.
Many strange tales have been told about the ancient Spartans. Soldiers had to stand naked in public every ten days to ensure they were fit and ready for battle.
On the night of 21 July 356 BCE (the sixth day of the Macedonian month Loios), Herostratus, a young man from Ephesus, decided to earn a place in the history books.
Dion was the oldest and most important sanctuary of ancient Macedonia. We do not know when it was first established, but an altar dedicated to Zeus must have existed here since an early period.
According to himself, Phalaris was a mild, unassuming, public-spirited, and polite citizen of sixth-century Akragas, who used his position as a tyrant to benefit his hometown.
Alexander the Great was not a man to accept limits to his ambition and curiosity. His audacious expedition against the Persians made him ruler of a vast empire.
Antiochus IV spent much of his young adulthood in Rome. After a series of disastrous defeats against the Roman legions in 191-190 BCE
Zeno (née Tarasis Kodisa Rousombladadiotes) was having a terrible first year on the throne.
Land of the gods: polis and sanctuary in ancient Greece is a comprehensive 14-day Study Abroad program that serves as the quintessential introduction to the world of the ancient Greeks.
Money doesn’t grow on trees, but it may be found in the bottom of a pit, at which point the family fortunes change overnight and all sorts of previously unthinkable possibilities become routine.
It was a story worth telling. The day had been lovely; the azure sea of the caldera sparkled in the bright sun and dolphins frolicked in the open waters beyond the cape
Once upon a time, there was a man of prodigious size and strength who was called Reprebus and was determined to discover the most mighty prince in the world. The first candidate was a Canaanite king
Icarius was an Athenian who spent his days in Icaria, a beautiful settlement at the foot of Mount Penteli.