Here’s a really interesting short film out of Greece. In an alternate history, scientists are blamed for nuclear annihilation, and intellectuals are hunted down and killed.
For centuries, humans have placed way too much importance on people playing fictional characters on stage. And when you’ve done that for as long as we have, things are bound to get weird occasionally. Here are five of the strangest stories from the history of theater.
Archaeologists working at the Alepotrypa Cave in Greece have discovered a rare 5,800-year-old double burial in which two well-preserved skeletons were found in what appears to be the spooning position.
We know that the ancient Greeks had a massively entertaining sets of gods and goddesses. So it's no wonder that when Rome conquered Greece, they replaced their own dull pantheon with renamed versions of Zeus, Athena, and the others. But not all Roman gods were Greek copies — here are a few of the more important ones.
Excavations at Amphipolis in Greece have uncovered five intriguing skeletons. An elderly woman, a newborn child, a cremated corpse, and two middle-aged men were among another 550 bone fragments found in a lavish tomb dating back to the Alexander era. Experts say the remains may belong to one of his generals, or a…
Archaeologists working in Cyprus have discovered a 1,500-year-old amulet with a 59-letter inscription that reads the same backwards as it does forwards.
The world's first hexapus* was discovered in 2008 trapped in a lobster pot off the coast of South Wales. It was rescued soon thereafter, not eaten, transferred to Blackpool Sea Life Centre and later released. The world's second hexapus was not so lucky.
Archaeologists recently uncovered an ancient brothel attached to a gymnasium and restaurant in northern Greece. It was full of penis-themed items like this vase. But that's not the weird part.
Which is pretty damn amazing, seeing as local schoolkids still use it for gym class.
A cave in Greece has been found to contain 14 specimens of child and adult human remains, providing archaeologists with key insights into the lives and geographical distribution of ancient hominins.
The Parthenon was one of the most famous monuments of the ancient world. But today its columns are crumbling to dust. Its current state isn't due to wear and tear from exposure to the elements over the millennia, however. It's the result of an almost-forgotten 17th century battle.
Antiquity was the pits. For every advancement in philosophy or mathematics, you had half a dozen crazed aristocrats high on mercury potions trying to remove your limbs in bold new ways. Here are five particularly egregious ways to kick it centuries ago — they involve (among many things) honey, wine, eels, and…
Tucked away in the 8th volume of Herodotus' Histories is a reference to a town that was saved from attack by the Persians when the sea retreated — then returned higher than ever, drowning those who tried to cross the shallows. This account of 479 BCE is regarded as the first historical reference to a tsunami — and now…
Greek photographer Chris Kotsiopoulos recently decided to try visualizing a full day in a single photograph. What he ended up with was the incredible, 360°, time-spanning panorama pictured here.
It turns out Europe 2,600 years ago was pretty much exactly like one big college frat, with social elites vying for power and influence by throwing the most kickass parties - complete with lots of free beer.
What do you do when your country is thrown into financial chaos? After all, you still have your resources, your skills, and your neighbors. As cash is increasingly short supply, some Greeks are creating local currencies, and finding their social support system is stronger than they ever knew.
Humans likely first took to the seas about 50,000 years ago. But there's mounting evidence that our Neanderthal cousins were routinely sailing throughout the Mediterranean twice as long ago. Alternatively, they were just really good at long distance swimming.
One of the side effects of the fall of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi's regime is that archaeologists can now explore parts of the country's past that were long suppressed, starting with the lost cities of the ancient Garamantes civilization.
In 1974, the Cypriot capital of Nicosia was divided in two by a U.N. Buffer Zone designed to quell violence between the island's Greek and Turkish populations. Those living in the Zone quickly evacuated the area, creating an urban time capsule that's been devoid of residents for nearly 40 years.
The Olympic Games first began in the ancient Greek city-state of Olympia. For all its fame, the city suffered a mysterious fate, destroyed by an unknown natural disaster. Now it looks like tsunamis were the culprit...despite being 30 kilometers inland.