In Greek mythology, "Chaos" refers to the void state preceding the creation of the universe or cosmos. It's a term that represents the initial formlessness, a vast, dark, indefinite space or abyss from which the first entities appeared.
When Santorini's volcano erupted in 1628 BC., it forever changed the island and the lives of those who inhabited it. Archaeological excavations began on Santorini in 1967, resulting in spectacular finds of a vibrant civilization that resembles life on Minoan Crete, but that disappeared almost overnight. Among the finds was the ancient town of Akrotiri.
"Dogtooth" (2009) is a Greek drama film directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. The movie delves deep into the themes of control, manipulation, and isolation. Watch our summary and critique of this thought-provoking Greek movie.
Pheidias, often considered one of the greatest sculptors of ancient Greece, lived during the 5th century BCE. He was a pivotal figure during the Classical period of Greek art, and his works set the standards for classical beauty, form, and proportion.
Okay is one of the most frequently used words in the English language, but does it have a Greek origin? One theory on the etymology of OK is that it was originally an acronym for the Greek phrase “óla kalá” (όλα καλά), meaning “all good.” Watch our video to see our theories on the subject.
The Greek culture, from ancient to modern times, goes hand in hand with superstition. Today, we will explore some of the most common, as well as uncommon, superstitions followed by ancient (as well as modern) Greeks.
During the Classical period of ancient Greece (around 5th century BCE), colors played a significant role in various aspects of life, including art, clothing, and architecture. Contrary to the popular modern conception of Greek statues and temples as pristine white marble, many were originally painted in vibrant colors.
The ancient Athenians wanted to avoid tyranny, or one-man rule, at all costs, and thus they invented or adopted the ideas of rotation, accountability, and the use of the lottery. Rotation means term limits. No one could hold the same office for more than a year. Fantastic ideas from ancient minds! Watch the video for more.
The Minotaur is a creature from ancient Greek mythology. The creature's name originates from the Ancient Greek words "Minos," who was a king of Crete, and "taurus," which means bull. Watch the video for the origins of this frightening, mythical creature.
The first Greeks to inhabit Greece from 6000 to 1177 B.C. were part of the prehistoric period known as the "Bronze Age." They belonged to several distinct cultures that gradually developed in the region. Watch the video for a summary of some notable periods during this time.
Greek fire was an incendiary weapon used by the Byzantine Empire during warfare. The substance was created and utilized primarily during naval engagements, although there are also accounts of its use in land warfare.
Alexander the Great was born in Pella, the ancient capital of Macedonia in July 356 BC, and he died of unknown causes in June, 323 BC in Babylon. He was the son of Philip II, king of Macedonia, and Olympias, the princess of neighboring Epirus. Alexander was educated by the philosopher Aristotle and ascended to the throne following his father's assassination in 336 BC.
"The Odyssey" is an ancient Greek epic poem attributed to the poet Homer, believed to have been composed in the 8th century BCE. It is one of the two major ancient Greek epic poems, the other being "The Iliad." "The Odyssey" recounts the epic journey of the Greek hero Odysseus (also known as Ulysses) as he tries to return home after the fall of Troy. The poem is divided into 24 books, and it begins ten years after the end of the Trojan War. Please enjoy our video synopsis of the epic poem, "The Odyssey"!
In ancient Greek mythology, the Titans were a primeval race of powerful deities, descendants of Gaia (Earth) and Uranus (Sky). They were important entities that came before the Olympian gods. According to Hesiod's Theogony, there were twelve original Titans:
Greek wine has been produced in Greece for over 4000 years, making the country one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world. The ancient Greeks were pioneers of viticulture and oenology, and they also were the ones who spread the art of winemaking to many parts of Europe.
Immerse yourself in the sun-soaked landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and rich cultural tapestry of Greece as we embark on a cinematic journey through its enchanting world. With a storied history, breathtaking scenery, and vibrant traditions, Greece has captivated filmmakers from around the globe, providing the backdrop for countless mesmerizing stories on the silver screen.