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Why the Venus de Milo Has Extra-Long Second Toes
It's a condition called "Greek foot" or "Morton's toe"—and 15-20 percent of us have it.
May 23, 2017
The Mosaics of Paphos
The ancient mosaics here are considered among the finest in the world, and serve as a stunning record of Greco-Roman daily life.
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Why Ancient Greek Temples Were Full of Disembodied Clay Limbs
Arms and legs and eyes and ears and genitals, oh my!
March 03, 2017
The World’s First Travel Writer Was a Guy From Ancient Greece
You can thank second-century geographer and writer Pausanias for travel literature.
August 31, 2016
The Fierce, Forgotten Library Wars of the Ancient World
The dark trade of collecting books used to get really messy.
August 26, 2016
Why Doctors Once Treated Fevers and Hysteria With Mashed-Up Bedbugs
From Ancient Greece through the 18th century, bedbugs were used as medicine.
August 24, 2016
The Dangerous Origins of the Pentathlon, the Only Sport Created for the Olympics
The modern pentathlon has a brutal history.
August 18, 2016
When Ancient Greece Banned Women From Olympics, They Started Their Own
Sadly, historians lack good documentation on the badass Heraean Games.
August 10, 2016
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