There is much speculation about the character of Spartan Women. They are often viewed as strong, determined and powerful. This perception stems from the ability they had to hold more rights and experience more privileges than Greek women of other city-states.
Archaeologists have created a detailed 3D virtual reconstruction of a house in Pompeii before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. Continue reading “Virtual reconstruction of House in Pompeii”
Argonautica was written in the 3rd Century BC by the Greek epic poet Apollonius Rhodius.
It is a mythological story of Jason, Prince of Iolcus and a band of sailors (Greek: ναύς) aboard a ship named the Argos (Greek: Αρλώ, literally ‘the sailors of the Argos’ = Αρλόναύτς). Continue reading “Ancient Greek Myth – Jason and the Argonauts”
Texan born business entrepreneur Mary Kay Ash began her own skin care and cosmetics company 53 years ago today.
Champion American swimmer Michael Phelps has broken a 2000 year old Ancient Olympic record after competing in the Rio Olympics this week. Continue reading “Modern Olympian Phelps – greatest title holder of all time”
In 2010 BBC journalist Neil Trevithick travelled to the Pontic Alps in far north eastern Turkey with ancestors of Pontic Greeks who make the pilgrimage to the area to honour their ancestors. Continue reading “Ancient Greek still spoken in Turkey”
The sarissa was a long pike used by the infantry of Phillip II (King of Macedonia 359 – 336BC).
A highly sought after blue gem stone, lapis lazuli is a complex mineral containing aluminium and sodium. Continue reading “Ancient Gemstones – Lapis Lazuli”
On May 8th 1886 Coca – Cola was invented in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr John Stith Pemberton made a syrup which was then carbonated with water. The drink was trialed at a local pharmacy and sold as a soda fountain drink for 5 cents a glass.
First settled around 3000BC the sacred ground of Olympia on the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece, is believed to have become the stage for the first Ancient Olympic Games in 776BC.
In April 1599 , Italian Architect Domenico Fontana discovered the ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii, while constructing a canal beneath the city. Continue reading “1599 – Pompeii discovered by Architect”