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“Krapopolis”: Diaspora Greeks ask FOX to halt “offensive” TV production

US-based, leading Hellenic heritage service organization, the Order of AHEPA has sent a letter to Fox Entertainment, requesting the network to halt the production of animated TV series “Krapopolis.” Released end September 2023, the series with a vulgar title “Krapopolis,” Crap-city!, is set in mythical Ancient Greece, the series centers …

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Steinhardt Collection: 47 stolen antiquities return to Greece

Forty-seven illegally trafficked Greek artifacts among the dozens surrendered by American hedge-fund billionaire Michael Steinhardt under a deal with US authorities will be returned to Greece in the coming days, the Culture Ministry announced on Thursday. The ancient items that will be returned originated from Central Greece, Crete, the Cyclades …

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Curse pot with over 30 inscribed names and chicken remains found in Ancient Agora

Excavations in Ancient Agora in Athens unearthed a unique object: a curse pot. The 2,300-year-old vessel was used as a tool to “bind” curses to some over 50 people whose names were inscribed on it. According to Jessica Lamont, Assistant Professor of Classics at Yale University, the object reveals new …

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From Prometheus to Tsiknopempti: Why Greeks grill meat like crazy

Tsiknopempti in Greece: BBQ grills are on fire and the smoke rises in the sky. Charcoals are set on fire as early as possible and pieces of meat are laid on the racks. The day calls for the glorification of port: chunks on skewer, chops, pancetta slices, sausages. But also …

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Athens university offers first English-language BA in Greek studies

The first English-language undergraduate course to be offered by a Greek state university was presented by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (EKPA) on Wednesday. The offered four-year course will facilitate the students to obtain a BA in Archaeology, History and Literature of Ancient Greece Aimed exclusively at non-EU …

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American alt-right champion for Ancient Greece and Sparta

The alt-right looks to classical literature to shore up its reactionary worldview. While for years there was a declining of Greek and Roman classical literature in American culture, a surprising group has taken up the mantle of explaining why the study of the ancient Greeks and Romans remains vitally important: …

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Tomb of noblewoman Neiko buried 1800 years ago discovered on Sikinos

Her name was “Neiko” and she was a noblewoman who lived and died 1,800 years ago. Greek archaeologists cannot say yet the woman also had lived on the island of Sikinos in the Aegean Sea, where her tomb was discovered. Greek archaeologists found out that Neiko’s tomb remained intact all …

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Ancient Greek priestesses were the world’s first political risk consultants

Did you know that ancient Greek priestesses were the world’s first political risk consultants? Of course, they were. They sat in ancient temples and oracled about the future: political or economical. The most famous of all being the Pythia of Delphi. In the crucial year 480 B.C. when the citizens …

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Sotheby’s sues Greece over antic bronze horse set for auction, Culture Ministry says…

A small bronze horse figure from Ancient Greece is the subject of a lawsuit by Sotheby’s auction house against Greece, in an unprecedented legal case, where the auction house sues a government, media report. The antic figure dated from the 8th century BC was owned by art collectors Howard and …

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Homer’s Odyssey tops BBC experts poll on “100 Stories that shaped the world”

Homer’s Odyssey has topped the BBC Culture poll on the “100 Stories that Shaped the World. The poll addressing writers and critics looked at epic poems, plays and novels from around the globe that have influenced history and changed mindsets. Top Five The Odyssey (Homer, 8th Century BC) Uncle Tom’s Cabin …

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DNA analysis sheds light on origins of Minoans and Mycenaeans

During the Bronze Age, two important civilizations emerged in Greece: the Minoans and, later, the Mycenaeans. These ancient peoples were among the earliest of the so-called “high cultures” of Europe: they communicated with sophisticated writing systems, painted elaborate frescoes, and—in the case of the Mycenaeans—built fortifications so large that later …

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Virtual tour of Acropolis and Pericles’ Athens in 3D at Hellenic World Center

The Foundation of the Hellenic World  has launched a new Virtual Reality tour in the Cultural Center’s  theater “Tholos”.  Starting on March 24th 2018,  Tholos is offering a spectacular  opportunity to visitors to take an interactive virtual tour of  Acropolis and Athens of the 5the century BC  reconstructed right before …

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Earthquake faults may have played key role in Ancient Greek sanctuaries

The Ancient Greeks may have built sacred or treasured sites deliberately on land previously affected by earthquake activity, according to a new study by the University of Plymouth. Professor of Geoscience Communication Iain Stewart MBE, Director of the University’s Sustainable Earth Institute, has presented several BBC documentaries about the power …

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Impressive Mycenaean chamber tomb from 14c BC discovered in Orchomenos

A chamber tomb of significant archaeological importance has been discovered in Orchomenos, Viotia, Greece’s Ministry of Culture & Sports announced on Monday. Describing the discovery as  “one of the largest Mycenaean carved chamber tombs ever found in Greece,”  a Ministry statement said that the construction of the chamber tomb dates …

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Expressing Emotions: The wonderful world of Ancient Greece

A grieving father from Ancient Greece. He grieves eternally about the loss of his daughter and his grand child. A funerary stele from the 3rd century AD with an epigram for Zoe, daughter of Peneios. The grief of a father expressed in twenty lines. The text informs the antique and …

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Samos: Eupalinos Tunnel, the Masterpiece of Ancient Engineering, opens to public

One of the greatest engineering achievements of ancient times, a Greek wonder on the island of Samos, the 6th century BC Eupalinos Tunnel re-opened to the public this week following extensive restoration works. The 1,036m tunnel or Eupalinian aqueduct was excavated more than 2,500 years ago from both ends using …

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Martis: The red and white bracelet to welcome spring

Childhood memories revived when I watched short live stream from Serres in Northern Greece this morning. Children in traditional dresses with a red pom pom on white headscarf were singing the Spring Carols. On their wrists all children wore Martis, the bracelet made of red and white string. The name …

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