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Ancient DNA Reveals: European Civilization Has a Near-Mythical Origins

Ever since the days of Homer, Greeks have long idealized their Mycenaean “ancestors” in epic poems and classic tragedies that glorify the exploits of Odysseus, King Agamemnon, and other heroes who went in and out of favor with the Gre...

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‘Sacred Prostitution’: An Ancient Tradition Based on Respect for the Woman

The “father of history”, the Greek scholar Herodotus, was the first classical writer to investigate, rather than merely record, the cultural and social practices of his ancestors and the world around him. In , he charts the ancient tr...

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Before Nazis Hijacked the Swastika, It Was Revered as a Symbol of Luck and Charm all over the World

It has long been known amongst historians and anthropologists that humans’ evil actions give meanings or reshape the perceptions of even the most peaceful of the notions and symbols.


Nowhere this fact is more evident ...

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Why Ancient Greek Mythology is Still Relevant Today

If there is one subject that is still widely taught today, it has to be the subject of ancient Greek mythology. It isn’t just taught as part of a literature curriculum at school but is also part of most history lessons. Some people mi...

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Religion in the Ancient World

Religion (from the Latin Religio, meaning 'restraint’, or Relegere, according to Cicero, meaning 'to repeat, to read again’, or, most likely, Religionem, to show respect for what is sacred) is an organized system of beliefs and practi...

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Has Sparta’s Lost City Been Found?

The Spartans are by far the most famous Greek civilization in the modern culture, but the mighty warriors were immortalized well before the film “300” hit the radar. They were commemorated in Homer’s Iliad, and Sparta was known for ru...

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Nemesis: Winged Goddess Of Justice And Revenge

When we hear the word Nemesis we think of an opponent or enemy that is very difficult to defeat. If you are a Star Trek fan, you associate the name with the episode Nemesis in which Captain Picard meets his most dangerous adversary.

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Labours of Hercules

The tasks given to Heracles as penance. After he killed his children. These stories are generally referred to as the Labours of Hercules, the name the Romans used for Heracles, but since they take place in a Greek setting and with a f...

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The Mermaid in Mythology

A mermaid is a mythological marine creature with a human head and torso and the tail of a water animal such as a fish. The word is a compound of mere, the Old English word for "sea," and maid, a woman. The male alternative is a merman...

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Dionysos, Exciter to Frenzy : a study of the god Dionysos: history, myth and lore

This book is written from a Western Mystery Tradition viewpoint, and the material in this book is the interpretation of what has already been written about Dionysos, together with her own inspiration and ritual experiences.

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The 4,000 Year History of Horoscopes: How Astrology Has Been Shaped Throughout the the Millennia

Every time ancient Greece is mentioned, most people automatically think of democracy, the Olympic Games, mythology, philosophy, technology and various sciences such as mathematics and astronomy. It seems that very few are aware that t...

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Was Krishna Born of a Virgin?

"The goddesses have stories to tell. One such story—far too long ignored—is that, in their original, unadulterated form, they were parthenogenetic. The word parthenogenesis comes from the Greek parthenos, 'virgin' more or less, and gi...

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Ancient Confession Found: 'We Invented Jesus Christ'

American Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill will be appearing before the British public for the first time in London on the 19th of October to present a controversial new discovery: ancient confessions recently uncovered now prove, accord...

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The myth of Cassandra

In Greek mythology, Cassandra was one of the princesses of Troy, daughter of Priam and Hecuba. According to the Myth, Cassandra was astonishingly beautiful and blessed with the gift of foreseeing the future. Her curse was that no one ...

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Mosaic of Modern Spirituality: Drawing on Different Traditions

We like to see the ancient world as filled with a lot of certain religions, all somehow clear and authentic in themselves. But the reality is more complex, for sure. Muslims, Christians, and Jews debated each other at times, and their...

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7 Strange and Curious Facts About Wine and Its History

A lot of human history has been centered around the making and imbibing of wine, from religion to ritual to plain old drunkenness, but various cultures have managed to add some bizarre chapters to the history of wine.


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Exposing the Shady Secrets of Charon's Obols: Spirit Coins of Ancient Greece

Charon’s obols were coins supposedly used by the ancient Greeks for funerary purposes. More precisely, the belief is that these coins were used by the shades (roughly equivalent to the concept of ‘spirit’ or ‘ghost’) of the dead to pa...

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Who is Baphomet?

"The terrible Baphomet is, in fact, like all monstrous enigmas of ancient science, nothing more than an innocent and even pious hieroglyph.” - Éliphas Lévi in the 19th century
The mysterious origins of the legend Baphomet have been...

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Night of the Hunters: Artemis and Apollo

Two other children of Zeus rose to take their place among the greatest of Olympians. These were the children of Leto, the beautiful daughter of the original Titans Coeus and Phoebe. Hera was tormented with jealousy of Leto. So the Que...

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