The ideal Pre-Raphaelite beauty was Greek…and an artist in her own right!

The ideal Pre-Raphaelite beauty was Greek…and an artist in her own right!

Marie Spartali Stillman modeled for most of the Preraphaelites and was a tireless artist herself, producing around 150 paintings!
Dentistry, a 9000-year-old science

Dentistry, a 9000-year-old science

Examples of ancient dentist’s techniques and the first efforts to treat dental ailments appear as early as 7000 BC.
Between the salt and pepper

Between the salt and pepper

Nowadays that care for oral hygiene is wide spread, the tooth pick has lost its glamour but there was a time when people used to hang it around their neck…
Psychomachia: medieval bestseller and graphic novel

Psychomachia: medieval bestseller and graphic novel

The Psychomachia was composed in the 5th century by Prudentius. It incorporated elements of epic and inner psychological conflict, was illustrated like a modern comic book and was very popular inmonastic communities.
The “Harem Conspiracy” killed Ramesses III

The “Harem Conspiracy” killed Ramesses III

Latest examinations on the mummy of Ramesses III, headed by Albert Zink, showed that the king had received a fatal blow to the throat, hidden till then by bandages that had not been removed.
A Russian admiral… lighthouse keeper in Elafonisos and Antikythera

A Russian admiral… lighthouse keeper in Elafonisos and Antikythera

On the day in 1924 that N.N. Filosofov acquired Greek citizenship he visited Stylianos Lykoudis, Director/Head of the Lighthouse Service and asked to join the Corps of Lighthouse Keepers.
The whims of fashion in 18th century France

The whims of fashion in 18th century France

Through the eyes of two Persian officials in his book “Persian Letters”, Montesquieu outlines French society of the time and among other things makes fun of the sartorial excesses of the French.
The “Charles Fix” brewery

The “Charles Fix” brewery

The “Charles Fix” factory was founded by Allatini, Misrachi & Fernandez in Thessaloniki in 1892 as a distillery and later a brewery.
Firearm as in lighter…

Firearm as in lighter…

A visitor to our website described us an incident that greatly impressed him.
Ancient customs survive to the present day

Ancient customs survive to the present day

In our times we encounter many surviving elements from customs that date back to ancient times.
The past and present of the fan

The past and present of the fan

The birth of the fan may have happened by man’s use of a leaf to fan a spark into a flame, so as to light a fire.
The history of the ring

The history of the ring

The most ancient rings found to date belong to the Palaeolithic period and come from the site of Pavlov in the Czech Republic.
Graffiti and History

Graffiti and History

Those who get angry when they see modern graffiti are certainly not familiar with the “Stone Chronicle”.
Appearances can be deceptive

Appearances can be deceptive

Those who wrote about Louis XIV, the Sun King, described him as tall and handsome, with an imposing stature worthy of his status. What is the truth however?
The Secret Life Of A Gobi Desert Shaman

The Secret Life Of A Gobi Desert Shaman

A glimpse into the life of Indo European nomads of the ancient Central Asia.
Beyond the Amazons

Beyond the Amazons

During the early 1990s, a joint U.S.-Russian team of archaeologists made an extraordinary discovery while excavating 2,000-year-old burial mounds—known as kurgans—outside Pokrovka, a remote Russian outpost in the southern Ural Steppes.
Pet Care Advice from the Middle Ages

Pet Care Advice from the Middle Ages

Medieval people did have pet dogs, cats and other animals. Here is some of the advice they gave about taking proper care of these animals.
Lawrence of Crete

Lawrence of Crete

A close-up to the life of John D. S. Pendlebury, who dug at Amarna and Knossos and died fighting against the Nazis in Crete.
Artemidorus: an ancient murder mystery?

Artemidorus: an ancient murder mystery?

According to Dr. Filer, Artemidorus had sustained massive blows to the back of his head, showing no signs of healing, a clue that leads us to think that the unfortunate event took place close to his death.
The cat of Eden

The cat of Eden

This beautiful mother-of-pearl 19th century broach depicted on your screen made us wonder due to the presence of the cat dozing off near the feet of Adam and Eve.
A spoonful of fertility

A spoonful of fertility

This spoon, covered with hare skin, was used during rites associated with fertility of the soil, during which the Kalash were planting seeds in order to raise good crops.
The mummy and the harem coup

The mummy and the harem coup

New research performed on the mummy suggests the King was brutally murdered, confirming the "Harem Conspiracy" story recorded on papyri from 1155 BC.
The use of colored stones

The use of colored stones

The use of colored stones began during the Roman and Byzantine periods.