Ancient Greece

Is it the Apocalypse? Here’s what Ancient Greek texts revealed

With streets deserted, hospitals full and morgues struggling to cope with the number of bodies, it isn’t surprising that some people are making comparisons with the apocalypse. The idea of an apocalypse, a time of catastrophic suffering, …

Dialogue

Leaders as healers: Ancient Greek ideas on the health of the body politic

In the current health crisis, we might ask what needs to be cured more urgently: the virus itself or people’s poor sense of moderation. We have seen shocking footage of …

Life

Black Athena and the Incredible Whiteness of Being

The stories around the 1987 book Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization vol. 1 by the late Martin Bernal along with its sequels and many commentaries, sometimes referred …

News

Tomb at Amphilopolis in Macedonia to be fast-tracked for public viewing

Greece’s Minister of Culture and Sport Lina Mendoni has brought forward the time for the completion of work on the Kasta Hill Tomb in Amphipolis, Serres so that people may …

News

Man seeking 500 000 euros for Kouros head arrested

A 49-year-old man has been arrested in Nemea, southern Greece, after he tried to sell the head of a kouros, a 6th Century statue of a male, for 500,000 euro. …

Dialogue

Guide to the classics: Plato’s Republic

Western philosophy is a series of footnotes to Plato, the old saying goes. And The Republic (c. 375 BCE), featuring Plato’s teacher Socrates in dialogue with several friends, is unquestionably …

Dialogue

Be excellent: how ancient virtues can guide our responses to the climate crisis

As world chiefs and youth leaders gather in New York at the United Nations Climate Action Summit, many of us as individuals may have felt powerless and overwhelmed. Making big …

Dialogue

Ancient Greeks, Aboriginal Australians and astronomy – Why do different cultures see such similar meanings in the constellations?

Almost every person throughout the existence of humankind has looked up at the night sky and seen more than just a random scattering of light. Constellations of stars have helped …

Dialogue

What the Greek tragedy Antigone can teach us about the dangers of extremism

In a Greek tragedy written in the middle of the fifth century BC, three teenagers struggle with a question that could be asked now: What happens when a ruler declares …

Dialogue

Ancient Greek democracy and democracy in the upcoming elections are two separate things

Democracy – the English word – is, as every schoolgirl knows, of ancient Greek derivation. Democracy – the thing – as it is practised around the world today is quite …