Divers exploring the famous Antikythera shipwreck, 200 feet beneath the water's surface in Greece, have turned up a heavy object they think might have been a powerful weapon in the first century B.C.
A Magicicada septendecim, a periodical cicada. (Photo: Public Domain) This spring, after some 17 years beneath the ground, billions of cicadas announced their return with a cacophony of shrill chirps. Of course, we're not the first to take take note of the winged, red eyed bugs; ancient civilizations lived with them, too. Show More Summary
There's a reason people across Spain, Greece, Italy, The Philippines, Nigeria and elsewhere have been enjoying enjoying siestas for centuries. And historians say ancient Islamic and Roman cultures started the daily afternoon nap trend...Show More Summary
The origins of field hockey can be traced to ancient Egypt, Persia, and Greece; but the game as we know it, was developed in the British Isles in the late 19th century. In 1901, field hockey was brought to the United States by an English woman, Constance M.K. Show More Summary
Archaeologists have uncovered huge naval bases that once enabled Athens to fight off the Persian Empire—and develop the world's first democracy. Among finds at the Port of Piraeus, Greece's biggest seaport, are ship-sheds that held hundreds of war galleys and together equaled 17 football fields in size, the Smithsonian...
Politically charged sculpture 'The Dying Gaul' bridges Ancient Greece to today's riots in Belfast.
We are closer than ever to deciphering what has been called the world’s first computer. The device, known as the Antikythera Mechanism, has been puzzling scientists for more than a century ever since it was discovered in an ancient Greek...Show More Summary
In 1901, parts of a mysterious device were recovered from a 2,000-year-old shipwreck off the coast of Antikythera, an island between Crete and Greece. Called the Antikythera Mechanism, many scientists believed it to be an ancient analog computer, but had no ideas how to use it. Ancient...
NEMEA, Greece (AP) — Fifty-five days before the Games begin in Rio de Janeiro, athletes from around the world are taking part in a no-frills Olympics: No national teams. No medals. No shoes. Wearing only white tunics and running barefoot, athletes aged from 5 to 89 were competing Saturday in the Sixth Modern Nemean Games, […]
Archaeologists have discovered the first ancient oracle of Apollo in Athens. Others have been found elsewhere in Greece, most famously the Oracle of Delphi, but this one is the only discovered in Athens. It’s in Kerameikos — the old potters’ quarter (hence the name) — northwest of the Acropolis in downtown Athens. It’s the site [...]
Scientists have discovered a "beautiful" ancient site in Greece in shallow waters off the island of Zakynthos, created by - no, not humans - but rather by microbes and methane.
Chances are you’ve never gotten a raging case of penis envy while perusing the statuary of Ancient Greece at the Met or similar. Those statues of Zeus and Hercules may be built like brick — or, rather, marble — houses, but there’s a reason why, by today’s standards at least, they’re generally unimpressive between the [...]
The Ancient Romans were fiercely proud of the network of roads they built across their empire, all of which, as we know, led to Rome. Many of them, from Britain’s Fosse Way, to Greece’s Via Egnatia and Italy’s Appian Way, are now covered, or paralleled, by modern incarnations. Show More Summary
Travel through time and feed Om Nom's ancestors! Cut the Rope: Time Travel takes you through twelve ages of human—er, nomkind: Middle Ages, the Renaissance, a Pirate Ship, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, the Stone Age, the Disco Era,the Wild West, Asian Dynasty, the Industrial Age, the Future, and a Parallel Universe. Show More Summary
Scientists from the University of Texas at Arlington used planetarium software to recreate the night sky of ancient Greece, the better to peg the date when lyric poet Sappho penned one of her most famous verses. They describe their findings in a new paper in the Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage. More »
Scientists from the University of Texas at Arlington used planetarium software to recreate the night sky of ancient Greece, the better to peg the date when lyric poet Sappho penned one of her most famous verses. They describe their findings in a new paper in the Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage. Read more...
Cultural values have changed a lot since ancient Greece.
The sky is about to fall? C.P. Observerlikken warns dumbass collectors: Coin collectors in particular should comment to help protect the current exemption for ancient trade coins struck in Greece. Such coins—which include Athenian Tetradrachms,...Show More Summary
Elaine Reichek’s new solo show tells the tales of the rebel Minoan women.
(Phys.org)—The question of why space is three-dimensional (3D) and not some other number of dimensions has puzzled philosophers and scientists since ancient Greece. Space-time overall is four-dimensional, or (3 + 1)-dimensional, where time is the fourth dimension. Show More Summary