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Ancient Greece

The Greeks Are Us

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 07.13.2016 | Books
Evaggelos Vallianatos

I kept reading, investigating, and writing about the Greek past. I was so enthralled by the achievements of ancient Greeks that I hoped my new home, America, would learn from and imitate the Greeks. Of course, my hopes were exaggerated.

Plato On The 'Dead White Man' Chopping Block

Christopher Witte | Posted 06.24.2016 | Books
Christopher Witte

Unlike most individuals, I picked up Plato's famous work The Republic willingly. With a two-and-a-half millennia pedigree and a reputation as the "cornerstone of western philosophy", I felt it was high time to broaden my mind and get a glimpse into the origins of European thought.

'Ancient Computer' Shipwreck Yields Stunning New Treasures

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 06.21.2016 | Science

One of the world's most storied shipwrecks is still yielding new discoveries. More than 60 artifacts were pulled from the famed Antikythera shipwreck ...

If History Had Twitter...

Robyn Faith Walsh | Posted 06.17.2016 | Religion
Robyn Faith Walsh

Hipster Greek Statues courtesy of BuzzFeed Setting aside all precedence of logic, spelling, and grammar, Donald Trump has waged his political campaig...

What Really Matters

Mary Paleologos | Posted 06.06.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Mary Paleologos

It's our inherent birth right to live in joy, abundance and peace. This can only come about when we dare to stand up, embrace our shadow selves, love all of it and then, from this place, begin to walk the path of healing ourselves, our family, our community and our world.

The Subtle Course of Destiny

Petros Koublis | Posted 03.23.2016 | Arts
Petros Koublis

Forget all words and give shape to no phrases. We learn more in silence, undisturbed by the sound of our voice. For if destiny is mind dependent, then it's inferior to ourselves, therefore it's unimportant.

The Discreet Length of Eternity

Petros Koublis | Posted 02.29.2016 | Arts
Petros Koublis

Who are we? If we have no past to be connected with - for what is gone is forever gone - and if we have no future to expect - for future exists only...

The Bittersweetness of Remembrance

Petros Koublis | Posted 02.17.2016 | Arts
Petros Koublis

There are some stories that stay with you. They leave a strong impression and become a reference that influences the way we think. A story like this o...

The Cosmology of Beauty

Petros Koublis | Posted 02.11.2016 | Arts
Petros Koublis

We define things based on the way they appear to our senses. For Aristotle the earth was standing still in the middle of the Universe, with the sun an...

Did The Ancient Greeks Have Laptops?

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 02.08.2016 | Weird News

A photo being widely shared on social media shows what some claim is a laptop computer in a funerary relief from ancient Greece. Unlike many images t...

A Mythology of The Unseen

Petros Koublis | Posted 02.01.2016 | Arts
Petros Koublis

The way we read an image is something instinctive, a spontaneous process that connects the image with its viewer. In the end the viewer is only left w...

Pilgrimage and Awe for the Ordinary

Chris Bingley | Posted 01.13.2016 | Religion
Chris Bingley

It is difficult in particular to treat Greek religion as comparable to modern religious communities. Yet we should not discount Pausanias' own fascination with what he observes.

From Athens to Havana in One Day

Edward Goldman | Posted 10.27.2015 | Arts
Edward Goldman

Until October 31st, we can catch a rare exhibition of his works -- and not at a museum, but at Kohn Gallery, which managed the near impossible task of presenting Morandi's paintings alongside the equally small, and equally meditative minimalistic paintings by Robert Ryman.

How Now Brown Dow? Alan Greenspan vs. Dr. Seuss

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business
Randee Mia Berman

When I was in junior high school I excelled in literature and math. You know -- fractions, algebraic equations, and Venn diagrams.  Economics, not so much. Too many theories, too abstract.  It wasn't concrete.

The Financial Crisis in Greece: A Spiritual Crisis in Disguise and an Urgent Call for Change

Maria Benardis | Posted 07.20.2016 | Business
Maria Benardis

Despite the financial crisis in Greece, there are many aspects of Greece that are not in crisis such as the beauty of its environment, food, history, culture and the hospitality of its people.

The Exceptionalism, Greatness and Immortality of Ancient Greece

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 07.18.2016 | Books
Evaggelos Vallianatos

By the time of the Greek Revolution of 1821, Greece had gone through some four centuries of brutal Turkish military occupation. The effects of tyranny on Greece were catastrophic. The country was depopulated and in ruins.

Invoking Camus to Live

Michael Shammas | Posted 07.13.2016 | Books
Michael Shammas

In just two words of five syllables, medieval man brewed a bitter antidote to all from melancholy and regret to hubris and ostentation: memento mori.

Philotimo: The Essential Virtue of Goodness

Mary Paleologos | Posted 06.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Mary Paleologos

At the end of the day, philotimo is a natural way of being because the essential nature of each of us is one of goodness, sometimes hidden in the deep layers within ourselves but always ready to surface and take residence in our hearts.

Eating High-Vibrational Foods for Good Health and Longevity

Maria Benardis | Posted 06.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Maria Benardis

I recently released a book, Cooking and Eating Wisdom for Better Health , which awakens people to the ancient Greek wisdoms for cooking and eating for...

How the Greeks Explained the World

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 05.19.2016 | Science
Evaggelos Vallianatos

We selectively abandoned the Greek model of natural philosophy, living in harmony with the natural world, for the illusion of becoming the masters of the natural world and the cosmos.

Dear Justice Alito: Here's What Homosexuality Was Really Like In Ancient Greece

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In Tuesday's Supreme Court hearings, which will determine whether the Constitution protects same-sex marriage and if states must recognize marriages f...

Alone Onstage at the Ancient Greek Theater of Epidavros

Rick Steves | Posted 06.23.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

One of my great treats is being literally all alone (with a fine local guide) at some of our civilization's greatest sights. With this clip, you're here with me -- late in the day when it's silent and cool -- at Epidavros, the most amazing theater surviving from the ancient world.

What the World Needs Is Love, Not Another New Diet

Maria Benardis | Posted 06.07.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Maria Benardis

Did you know that the word diet derives from the Greek "diaita"? Meaning "way of life." Dietetics has existed since the days of Hippocrates in Greece...

Quietly Looking at These Beautiful Bodies at the British Museum in Times of Grindr

Rodrigo Cañete | Posted 05.30.2015 | Arts
Rodrigo Cañete

I truly believe that the exhibition Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art, which is currently on show at the British Museum, is not only spectacular, but also very necessary.

WATCH: Step Inside This Mysterious Ancient Tomb

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 02.11.2015 | Science

Ever wanted to peek inside an ancient tomb? Here's your chance, courtesy of a stunning digital reconstruction (above) of an elaborate tomb found last ...