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Up to the middle of the twentieth century, students of Ancient History had always been taught that the Greeks were actually ‘Aryan’ invaders from...

Amazons Warrior Clothing: Weapons and Ancient Dress of the Women Warriors

The ancient weaponry and varied warrior clothing of the fierce Amazons reflect these women warriors' diverse origins. Central figures of Greek mythology and a very...

Aphrodite – The Goddess of Cyprus

Aphrodite, goddess of fertility and sensual pleasure, was born from the foam of the sea at Petra tou Romiou. In Cyprus she was passionately...

The History of Gays in the Military – The Sacred Band of Thebes

Ancient Greek military history is inextricably bound up with homosexuality. In some ancient Greek city states, such as Sparta, each young warrior had to...

Greek Colonization and its Impact on the Mediterranean World

Greek legends often tell us about countless expeditions and stopovers on distant islands and shores. These legends actually recount episodes of the...
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