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Chares, the Athenian General who Held Power to Enrich Himself and his Supporters without Ever Winning a Major Battle

Brave to the point of recklessness, especially when it came to excessively exposing his own physical integrity during combat, Chares of Athens was a general who never enjoyed prestige or popular favor. The reason lies in his shady personality: not only did he not hide but boasted of his libertine behavior, he lacked scruples, did […]

Posted inClassical Archaeology

The Mystery of the Hekatompedon: A Rock Carving by an Ancient Shepherd Gives Clues About an Unknown Building on the Acropolis

In the hills to the north and east of Vari in Attica lies a surprising testament to the life and art of the ancient Greeks: more than 2000 rock carvings on marble rocks dating back to the 6th century BC offer a glimpse into the daily activities and concerns of the shepherds who roamed these […]

Posted inMiddle Ages

Cyriacus of Ancona, the Italian Humanist Considered the Father of Archaeology Who Identified the Pyramids and the Parthenon

Although the German Johann Joachim Winckelmann is generally considered the father of modern archaeology, it’s important to note that this science didn’t suddenly appear in the 18th century but had roots hundreds of years earlier, particularly in the Italian Renaissance, which revived Greco-Roman artistic and cultural classicism. Consequently, one might call one of those multidisciplinary […]

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Lamian War, the Conflict that Marked the End of Athens’ Independence and the Decline of Greek City-States

322 B.C. was one of the most disastrous years in the history of Athens, if not the worst. Two of its most distinguished sons, the philosophers Demosthenes and Hyperides, died within a week, and thousands of Athenians followed them to that tragic fate due to a severe famine. Eleven thousand others were stripped of their […]

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One of the Herculaneum Papyri Indicates the Exact Location of Plato’s Grave: in a Garden Next to the Museion, in the Academy

More than 1,000 words, accounting for 30% of the text, have emerged from the carbonized papyrus of Herculaneum, containing the History of the Academy by Philodemus of Gadara (110-40 BCE), thanks to the technological approach of innovative research methodologies used in the GreekSchools project. This project is coordinated by Graziano Ranocchia from the University of […]

Posted inAncient Greece, Art

The Lion of Piraeus, the Sculpture that Guarded the Entrance to the Port of Athens and is Engraved with Norse Runes

One of the most representative symbols of the city of Athens is known as the “Lion of Piraeus”. It is an imposing marble sculpture in the shape of a lion, standing over three meters tall, which for centuries has guarded the entrance to the port of Piraeus. However, the current one is a copy of […]

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The remains of the wall of Pisistratus at Eleusis, built in the 6th century B.C., will be covered to protect it.

The Ministry of Culture of Greece has approved a project to protect and enhance the remains of the Pisistratus Wall, located in the archaeological site of Eleusis. The initiative involves the installation of new roofs over the sections of adobe masonry that are preserved from the wall. The goal is to achieve a rational design […]