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Dionysos and the dolphins – Ancient Greece

By |2018-04-23T08:41:52-07:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|

Dionysos turns a ship into grapevines, and the bad sailors into dolphins (Athenian black-figure vase from the 500s BC) One story about Dionysos, which you can see painted on this vase, is that he once disguised himself as a rich young man and sailed on a Greek merchant ship on the ocean. The [...]

Greek philosophy – ancient Greece

By |2019-09-15T07:10:12-07:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks|

Greek philosophy at a symposium: men talking at a party - Loan Ant.103.18.The Fitzwilliam Museum The beginnings of philosophy In the 500s BC, people all over Europe and Asia became more and more interested in great philosophical questions. Why are we here? How does the world work? Why do things happen the way [...]

Xenia – guests and hosts in ancient Greece

By |2018-04-23T10:13:16-07:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, People|

Kidnapping Helen of Troy (from Pompeii) In ancient Greece, xenia meant "the way you treat strangers or foreigners". It comes from a very old Proto-Indo-European (Yamnaya) word that means "stranger" but also "guest" and "host" and "foreigner" and sometimes "enemy". Do those words all seem very different to you? That's the point they're [...]

Greek slaves: What was it like to be a slave in ancient Greece?

By |2018-06-13T19:09:36-07:00July 12th, 2017|Greeks, People|

Greek slaves: An enslaved woman playing a kithara. You can tell she is a slave because she has short hair. What did Greek slaves work at? In ancient Greece, most people who worked at jobs were slaves instead of free people. That was true for teachers, doctors, and nurses. Construction workers, policemen, hair-dressers, and mail carriers were [...]

Schools in ancient Greece – Greek education

By |2019-09-10T06:51:51-07:00July 11th, 2017|Greeks|

Greek schools: The students stand before the teachers. Did ancient Greek kids go to school? Most Greek children never went to school at all. Girls, to begin with, always stayed with their mothers until they were married, either at home or working in the fields. Women in ancient Greece All our ancient Greece [...]

Friendship in ancient Greece

By |2019-03-27T18:37:16-07:00July 11th, 2017|Greeks, People|

Greek friendship: People call this "After the Party": the boy's puking on a slave. Greeks thought that was funny. Greek friendship Among the Greeks, teenaged boys and young men often became very close friends. This was a way for teenaged boys to learn how to behave around grownups. Greek family Women in ancient [...]

Ancient Greek family – Family relationships in ancient Greece

By |2019-09-05T06:47:34-07:00July 11th, 2017|Greeks|

An ancient Greek family: two women playing with little boys Ancient Greek family Most Greeks, like most other people throughout history, lived in families with a mother and a father and their children. History of the family Women in ancient Greece All our ancient Greece articles Usually men got married when they were [...]

Barbarians in ancient Greece

By |2019-09-17T11:01:30-07:00July 11th, 2017|Greeks|

A Greek image of a Persian "barbarian" woman Where does the word 'barbarian' come from? People in ancient Greece called everyone who didn't speak Greek a barbarian (barbaros). They said that people speaking other languages sounded like they were just going "bar, bar, bar, bar...." So that is why they called those people [...]

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