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The story of Leonidas and the legendary Battle of the 300 at Thermopylae

Most people who have watched Zack Snyder’s famous 2007 fantasy historical film “300”, might think they know the ancient Greek story of Leonidas and the battle of Thermopylae, but the historic facts are quite different to what was portrayed in the fantasy film.

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5+1 incredible inventions and discoveries of Ancient Greece

Ancient Greece was one of the oldest civilizations that set the foundations for the development of the Western civilization. Their findings in the area of astronomy, geography and mathematics, pioneered the age of science. Here is a list of the top 10 inventions and discoveries of ancient Greece that are remarkably used until this very day.

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Why and when Athens got its name?

Many years ago, during a Rockwave live concert by the sea, on the south shore of Athens, rock band Garbage came up on stage for their first time in Greece. Their lead singer saluted the crowd and yelled out “Athena… born out of a man’s headache? I love this city!”.

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Aegina Aphaia: Building the finest Archaic Greek Temple

The stone blocks of Aphaias may seem rather unattractive, even rather uninteresting, at first glance. In fact, they are of great importance and reveal some of the major aspects of the process of building the ancient Greek temples.

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The Trojan War

April 24: On this day in 1184 BC, Troy, fell according to traditionally accepted historical occurrences. The widely known war was fought due to Prince Paris of Troy kidnapping King Menelaus’ bride, Helen, universally believed to be the most beautiful woman on earth.

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The 12 Olympian Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece

In the ancient Greek world, twelve gods and goddesses formed the most significant part of an impressive family tree which resided on Mount Olympus.

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Ancient Greek Wedding

Imagine it…you are invited to a wedding and the ceremony and festivities last three days and nights! There is plenty of food, drink, song and dance and revelry.  How could you resist?

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Battle of Castella

Would you ever imagine a fashionable neighborhood in central Piraeus, currently full of narrow streets and picturesque houses being the epicenter of an ancient battle that helped restore the Athenian democracy as we know it?

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Battle of Pylos

The battle of Pylos (425 BC) is highly reflective of the more aggressive strategy undertaken by Athens and its new leader, Cleon in terms of raiding on the coast of Peloponnese during the Peloponnesian War.

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Achilles: some Thoughts on the Greatest Heroes of all

Achilles, the man who stands between the divine and the profane, of excellent bravery and of high morality – the man that humans considered to be a God.

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Theseus: The Athenian National Hero

Today, Theseus is well-known as the young boy who slew the Minotaur in the labyrinth, an overwhelming event that took place somewhere on the island of Crete, at the southernmost part of Greece.

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Alcibiades, Socrates and the Herms of Athens – a religious scandal and democracy in crisis.

This was certainly one of the most famous sacrilege actions in Classical Athens: an event that remains obscure despite the contemporary literary accounts that survive.

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The story of "OHI" day

If you happen to be in Greece on the 28th of October, you might notice Greek flags waving from balconies, closed shops and military parades on the main streets. Now don’t be scared, this is (hopefully) not a coup, it is just the celebration of the national ‘OHI’ day of Greece.

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Cycladic Figurines: the most evocative image of Aegean

Cycladic figurines are certainly the most enigmatic, abstract, and evocative objects from Greek prehistory, that also inspired the art pioneers of abstraction and cubism of the early 20th century.

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The Myth of Pandora

What would a young woman with a curious mind do when faced with a somewhat bizarre but rather clear message about a box that said "do not open"?

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Ancient Board Game at Rhamnous, Athens.

At first, glance, what you see is very simple: some basic shapes, squares, and lines, roughly carved into a slab of stone or, to be more exact, on the surface of a small in size stone-made desk.

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What to visit in Athens - Museums Edition

We urge you to not limit yourself and to further explore the wonders of Athens, apart from these amazing must-see museums in Athens!

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