Archive for the 'Ancient Greek (Greece)' Category

Zeus, God of Ancient Greece the Sky

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Zeus, Ruler of Mount Olympus, Known by Many Names, Lord of the Sky, Rain-God, Cloud-Gatherer, And Zeus of the Thunderbolt. The Mighty Zeus, the Greek god known also as the Roman god Jupiter or Jove. Zeus, Greek god of the sky was also the supreme ruler of Mount Olympus and all the other Greek gods […]

Bronze head of a goddess, probably Aphrodite

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Bronze head of a goddess, probably Aphrodite © The Trustees of the British Museum 00034682001 Hellenistic Greek, 1st century BC Found at the ancient city of Satala, modern Sadak, north-eastern Turkey In about 1872 a man digging his field on the site of ancient Satala struck with his pick-axe against this head. A bronze hand […]

The Maccabaean Revolt

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Antiochus IV, ruling his empire including Jerusalem from Syria, wrongly assumed that the worship of Yahweh among the Jews could be transformed into the worship of the universal god, Zeus, as easily as such transformations had been made in his dominions farther east — where Jews worshiped Yahweh under the name of Zeus Sabazions. He […]

Septuagint & Greek translation of the Torah

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Perhaps because most literate Jews could no longer read Hebrew, Jewish scribes in Alexandria were put to work translating into Greek the Five Books of Moses. The finished product became known as the Septuagint. Demonstrating their conviction that the Septuagint was the final word on Jewish history, the high priests in charge of the work […]

Eros exhibition: Eros exhibition opens Cyclades Art Museum of Athens

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

A statue known as Feathered Eros. ‘The concept of Eros – love – was very broad in ancient times,’ says the archaeologist Nicholaos Stampolidis, director of the museum. ‘Sexual desire was … a unifying force that encompassed the desire for anyone or indeed anything’ Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Sex life of the ancient Greeks in all its physical glory

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

A marble statuette of a sleeping Eros and a lion next to him on display at the Cycladic Art museum in Athens. Photograph: Yiorgos Karahalis/Reuters The ancient Greeks were never at a loss for words when it came to love and lust – and an exhibition that opened in Athens today laying bare the practice […]

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