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Ancient Shipwreck Off Greek Island Yields A Different Sort Of Treasure

1 hour agoNews : The Two-Way

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.

'O, Shrill-Voiced Insect': The Cicada Poems of Ancient Greece

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

Can’t Sleep Through The Night? Maybe A Siesta Is The Answer

5 days agoNews : Huffington Post

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

Black and White Vintage Pictures of American Women Students Playing Field Hockey in the 1960s

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

Huge Naval Bases Used by Ancient Athens Finally Uncovered

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...

Harrowing Photojournalism Inspires a Tragic Greek Sculpture

Politically charged sculpture 'The Dying Gaul' bridges Ancient Greece to today's riots in Belfast.

Decrypting this 2,100-year-old computer will give us an unprecedented look into ancient Greece

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

Ancient Greek Device is a Philosopher’s Guide to the Galaxy

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...

Ahead of Rio, runners re-enact ancient games

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, […]

First ancient oracle found in Athens

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 [...]

Man, Microbes or Methane? Underwater Remains Confuse Archaeologists

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.

Why Size Definitely Didn’t Matter To The Ancient Greeks

last monthLGBT / Gay : Queerty

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 [...]

Ancient Roman lessons on shipping and logistics

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

Cut the Rope: Time Travel: 6 tips, tricks, and cheats to feed Om Nom's ancestors!

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 Used The Stars To Confirm When A Famous Sapphic Poem Was Written

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 Used the Stars to Confirm When a Famous Sapphic Poem Was Written

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

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...

Why Aren’t Classical Statues Very Well-Endowed?

2 months agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

Cultural values have changed a lot since ancient Greece.

May 9th Deadline Upon US Collectors

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

This Artist Embroiders the Bad Girls of Ancient Greece

Elaine Reichek’s new solo show tells the tales of the rebel Minoan women.

Why is space three-dimensional?

(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

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