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The female experience of war in Ancient Greece

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In ancient Greek warfare women took hardly any part in the conflicts and were mostly restricted to the role of passive non-combatant. Considering this, it is indeed strange that the Greek pantheon contains at least two women warriors, namely Athena … Continue reading

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New dog, old tricks

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Sometime in the 6th century BCE, an unknown Athenian, or perhaps the city itself, dedicated the statue of a hunting dog to the Acropolis, in front of the Sanctuary of Artemis, goddess of the hunt, which was near the Parthenon. … Continue reading

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Suffer, the little children…

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On the night Troy was sacked, Neoptolemus, son of Achilles, ran into Andromache. The widow of his father’s most bitter foe (Hector) was running for her life, with baby Astyanax in her arms. Snatching the infant, Neoptolemus killed it savagely, … Continue reading

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Please let me grow old with him; the desperate plea of a lover from the 4th century BCE

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Some 24 centuries ago, a woman probably named Phila, was in love with a man named Dionysophon. We don’t know whether the man reciprocated or encouraged her love in any way; we don’t know whether he made promises he didn’t … Continue reading

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Tsiknopempti

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It’s Tsiknopempti, a day of fun and gluttony. The Greeks everywhere gather for festive meals with family and friends. Tavernas, grills and restaurants are packed, with long queues forming at their doorsteps. For those who opt to stay home but … Continue reading

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FAQ: What to pack for a trip to Greece

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I must have been asked that question about a thousand times, so in order to save time, I’ve compiled my own packing list. Although it was compiled with inexperienced travelers in mind (hence tips and explanations), I’ve found its printout … Continue reading

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Everything you want to know about the Antikythera Mechanism

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On May 17th, 1902, 115 years ago, to the day, former Minister of Education, Spyridon Stais, and Curator of Antiquities, Gabriel Byzantinos, were in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, examining some nondescript fragments that had been pulled from the famous … Continue reading

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Spring came to Eleusis

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A short distance from Athens, Eleusis was the centre of the cult of goddess Demeter, who embodied Earth’s fertility. It was the place where the famous Eleusinian Mysteries took place. Initially it was a rite symbolising the circle of life … Continue reading

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“Tsougrisma,” a Greek Easter custom

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There is no Easter bunny hiding eggs for the Greek children to find. The eggs are in plain sight, on the table, for everyone to take. Yet, no one may eat them before “cracking” them with someone, exchanging wishes and … Continue reading