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Ancient Women of 300's Persia, Greece, and Beyond

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Now if only there were about three hundred more 300's. Maybe not in blood and gore but movies with kick-ass women from ancient Persia and Greece. Then, more people would surely get what has so captivated me about Amytis, Cassandane, and Atossa. Um... who, you ask?

Greek Piety, Patriotism and Beauty in the Parthenon

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 04.27.2014 | Books
Evaggelos Vallianatos

The Parthenon was the jewel of Greek religion. Like an ageless celestial mirror, it also reflected the power, patriotism, democracy and artistic and technical achievements of Athens, the premier Greek polis in the fifth century BCE.

The Super Gay History of the Olympics

Jason Anthony | Posted 04.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Jason Anthony

I hate to break it to you, Vlad. You've made a poor choice of venue for this one. Cause the Olympics are really, really gay. I'm not talking figure skating, or the two-man luge. I'm talking about the great Olympics of the ancient Greeks.

Science Is Thinking About the World in the Greek Way

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 03.31.2014 | Science
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Science has always been a contested terrain, especially its origins. In early twentieth century, the British scholar Richard Livingstone explained s...

SOLVED: Mystery Of Ancient Warring Elephants

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

The mystery of an ancient battle between two warring troops of elephants has been solved, thanks to a modern genetic analysis of the lumbering beast...

Bronze Age Warriors Were Also Big-Time Barbecuers, New Research Suggests

LiveScience | Megan Gannon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

CHICAGO — The ancient Mycenaeans have a reputation as palace-builders and warriors, but they were also quite sophisticated cooks. More than 3,000 y...

No Really, CrossFit Helped Me Understand Achilles

Vicky Alvear Shecter | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Vicky Alvear Shecter

The day I completed the "Murph" -- named after Lieutenant Michael Murphy from Patchogue, NY, who died in Afghanistan -- I finally understood the connection. By going deeper into the "being-ness" of physicality, we honored what he had lost. It made a kind of weird sense.

What Greek Wisdom Can Teach The Rest Of The World About Living Well

Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

“I came to the Greeks early, and I found answers in them," writer and classicist Edith Hamilton once said. The Greeks have one of the oldest cul...

A Healing Medicine for Greece: The Thought of Adamantios Korais

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

During my graduate history studies at the University of Wisconsin in the late 1960s and early 1970s, I came across Adamantios Korais. This was a Greek...

Google Gives Information: Knowledge Promotes Empowerment

Karen Gross | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Karen Gross

Debating information matters but it does not necessarily mobilize voters. How do we curb disenfranchisement -- whether caused by political or discriminatory reasons?

Health in the Ancient Greek World

Sandra Marinopoulos | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Sandra Marinopoulos

The evolution of ancient medical practices -- how the Greeks of the Homeric period linked sickness and disease with the supernatural, tying them to the wrath of the gods -- is what this new exhibition will be all about.

Why Greek Americans Should Be NY Jets Fans

Aristotle Tziampiris | Posted 10.25.2013 | Sports
Aristotle Tziampiris

It is worth keeping in mind, though, that after every catastrophic phase, after every setback, both Greece and the NY Jets have managed to survive, recover and, on occasion, prosper. Both Greeks and Gang Green nation are nothing but truly resilient.

A Sicily Trip Isn't Complete Without Visiting This City

Posted 10.22.2013 | Travel

A trip to Sicily, Italy isn’t complete without a taste of their cream-filled cannoli and a visit to the many UNESCO world heritage sites, one of wh...

Want Happiness? Become a Practicing Stoic

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Good News
Michael Shammas

Over the past two months I've read the works of all four great Roman Stoics -- Epictetus, Musonius Rufus, Seneca and of course Marcus Aurelius -- and with their help I've come to a few realizations

Ancient 'Strip Mall' Discovered At Seaside Site

LiveScience | Megan Gannon | Posted 10.14.2013 | Science

Along the scenic coast of the northern Aegean Sea, archaeologists have uncovered a Greek portico, which, 2,500 years ago, would have been a bustling ...

Purpose in the Natural World

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 12.03.2013 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Ecology emerged out of Greek thought. But like the rest of Greek science, ecological ideas from Aristotle and other Greek natural philosophers went th...

Why the West Plunders Greece

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

The plunder of Greece by Western Europe goes back to the Romans. Despite their admiration for Greek culture, they made Greece a colony in 146 BCE. Fro...

Was A Drought The Downfall Of Ancient Greece?

Posted 08.15.2013 | Green

By Tia Ghose, LiveScience staff writer: A 300-year drought may have caused the demise of several Mediterranean cultures, including ancient Greece, ...

Back to the Future: Ancient Beauty Secrets

Napoleon Perdis | Posted 09.14.2013 | Style
Napoleon Perdis

One of the things I love most about being in the beauty industry is that it really is the best blend of art and science. It's essential to evolve, and be completely engaged with the global beauty scene.

DNA Points To Surprising Origin For Ancient Island Civilization

natureheader | Posted 05.15.2013 | Science

By Ewen Callaway When the British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans discovered the 4,000-year-old Palace of Minos on Crete in 1900, he saw the vestiges ...

The World Upside Down

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 03.17.2013 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

Christianity did the Greeks in. Christianity, however, is fundamental to the West, especially America. That's why we don't know anything about that tr...

Cleopatra's Murdered Kin Claim Stirs Controversy

Posted 02.26.2013 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 02/26/2013 12:57 PM EST on LiveScience A Viennese archaeologist lecturing in North Caro...

Ancient Island Civilization Called Surprisingly Warlike

Posted 01.16.2013 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 01/15/2013 01:33 PM EST on LiveScience The civilization made famous by the myth of th...

The "Allegory of the Cave" on Film

Stavros Papageorghiou | Posted 11.19.2012 | Arts
Stavros Papageorghiou

The story of my latest film, entitled Adventure of the Soul, has its roots in the well-known "Allegory of the Cave" which the Greek philosopher Plato ...

The Fifth Crusade

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 10.27.2012 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

The Europeans own their name and civilization to the Greeks. Yet, more often than not, they remain ungrateful and unfriendly to their benefactors. F...