Asclepius: The Greek God of Healing and Medicine

Asclepius is a renowned figure in Greek mythology and his symbol (a staff with a snake wrapped around it) is still used in modern...

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The most famous of all holding actions in military history where 300 Spartans made an Alamo of a mountain pass in Greece. The Battle of...

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This small temple was dedicated to Victory, and was part of Pericles' grand plan to showcase Athens' power and glory. The Temple of Athena Nike...

The Birth and Youth of the Greek Warrior Achilles

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Amazons – A Race of Women Warriors

Since classical times, the word 'Amazonian' has been applied to strong, self-sufficient women who eschew the company of men. Recently, a member of the British...

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...

Philosophers of Ancient Greece: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle

Socrates, Aristotle and Plato's philosophies all attempt to solve different existential questions. Imagine wondering about the existence of a flute that had been carved out...

Ancient Greece, part 3 – Pericles and the Athenian Empire

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Medusa, the Villain?

Does Medusa, the Gorgon of Greek mythology, deserve the bad rap she has had to carry all this time? Or is she just a...

Masters of Ancient Greek Art: Phidias, Polykleitos, and Myron

Phidias, Polykleitos, and Myron are three of the most famous names in ancient Greek art. Their reputation lives on in copies of classical sculptures. Little...
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