Today I learned about the Cassandra, a Greek mythology character, who could accurately predict the future but was cursed so that no one would believe her. fictionphile.com/cassandr…
The Greek philosopher Chrysippus of Soli died in 206 BC, at the age of 73, after a laughing fit caused by his own joke. His biographer reports he saw a donkey eating some figs and yelled that it needed to be given a pure wine to wash the figs down. dailystoic.com/chrysippus…
Today I learned of Aglaonice of Thessaly, an ancient greek sorceress, part of a coven of witches known for their abillity to "draw down the moon". In reality, Aglaonice and her female accolites were likely accomplished astronomers able to predict lunar eclipses en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agl…
Despite their fearsome reputation, Spartan warriors were no more effective in battle than any other Greek solider, Sparta lost as many battles as it won, and Spartans' brutal training resembled indoctrination of child soldiers and not combat training. acoup.blog/2019/09/20/col…
The HMS Perseus submarine, was hit and sunk on December 6, 1941. John Capes and 3 others opened the escape hatch, and using an early type of oxygen breather, swam 170ft to the surface. Capes was the only survivor. He then spent 18 months on a Greek island evading capture from the Italian army. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS…
The word "amethyst" means "not drunk" because of an Ancient Greek belief that drinking from an amethyst cup would prevent intoxication. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
Ancient Greek slingers used to write "Ξ”Ξ•ΞžΞ‘Ξ™" (Dexai) meaning "take that" or "catch" on their lead sling bullets; soldiers have been writing sarcastic taunts on their weapons forever en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sli…
That, in 1967, due an argument with their bishop everyone in a small Italian village renounced Catholicism and converted en masse to Greek Orthodox. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
Ancient Greek & Roman statues were painted bright colors, not left as white marble. theancienthome.com/blogs/…
Today I learned about spiderman : turn off the dark, a musical based on the 2002 film and the greek myth of arachne. It is the most expensive Broadway production in history, with a budget of $75 million. It received predominantly negative reviews, and closed production at a Massive financial loss. syfy.com/syfywire/spider-…
It was common for elite Romans and Greeks to paint their banquet floors with pictures of food scraps. This trend was called β€œasarotos oikos”, or β€œunswept room”. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Alexander the Great's invasion led to Greek-speaking Buddhist kingdoms in present-day Afghanistan. This led to Greek influences on Buddhist art, for example the Buddha being depicted in a flowing robe (from the Greek himation [similar to a toga])β€”before this he was shown wearing a loincloth en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Today I learned about Cassandra, a Greek mythological figure who was given the gift of foresight, but was cursed so that no one would ever believe her predictions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
The US Postal Service creed "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" is a translation of the phrase by ancient Greek historian Herodotus which referred to mounted Persian postal couriers around 500BC en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Cleopatra was not Egyptian. She was a descendant of Ptolemy I Soter, a Macedonian Greek general and companion of Alexander the Great. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
Thomas Jefferson made his own version of the Bible, called The Jefferson Bible, by literally cutting and pasting passages from Greek, Latin, French, and English bibles that referenced Jesus' moral teachings, but left out his miracles. christianity.com/wiki/bib…
After their victory at the Battle of Marathon, the Greeks carved a statue of Nemesis (the goddess who punishes the arrogant) out of an enormous block of marble that the Persians had brought to the battle with the intention of carving a monument to their victory over the Greeks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rha…
The Neanderthal was named after the valley where their first remains were found, and the valley itself was named after pastor Joachim Neander. Neander is the Greek translation of his name, both mean "new man". New man was found from a valley named after a man named "new man". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nea…
The Ancient Greek author Diodorus Siculus wrote that the people of Spain's Balearic Islands loved to be naked & loved women. The Greeks called the islands Gymnesiae meaning naked (Ξ³Ο…ΞΌΞ½ΞΏΞ―) & legend states the the inhabitants would give 3 or 4 men as ransom for 1 woman. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
Today I learned about Democritus (460-370BCE), an Ancient Greek philosopher known for his atomic theory of the universe. He was a nobody in Athens and Plato is said to have wanted all his books destroyed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dem…
Ancient Greek rowers wore greased cushions to allow for a sliding stroke to take advantage of the power of the leg muscles. vdocuments.mx/the-lost-te…
The ancient Greeks and ancient Romans ate while reclining at banquets and wedding feasts. This was common among the upper class, but was not affordable for most lower class people and women. smithsonianmag.com/videos…
Cassandra was a woman in Greek mythology cursed to utter true prophecies, but never to be believed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
A man called Washington Irving is primarily responsible for perpetuating the idea that the Earth is flat. Evidence would suggest that the world has been known to be a sphere since as early as the Ancient Greeks, Romans, and even Chaucer. youtu.be/H6Q-Dbrqvy4
JK Rowling attended Exeter University to study French with Greek and German. Her parents hoped that in studying languages, she would enjoy a career as a bilingual secretary. After completing her 3,000 word final essay in French, she graduated with a 2.2 exetermemories.co.uk/em/_…
Today I learned that when Alexander the Great conquered Egypt, many Greek-Romans came to Egypt as tourist. Many of them ended up carving their names stating β€œso and so was here, and the work of these Egyptians are great” in the tombs of the Valley of the Kings. archaeology.org/news/5681…
X in Xmas stands for the Greek letter chi, the starting letter of Ξ§ΟΞΉΟƒΟ„ΟŒΟ‚ (ChristΓ³s), "Christ" in Greek. Monks in Great Britain used the X in place of "Christ" for abbreviation. crivoice.org/symbols/xmas…
β€œthe ancient Greeks used spider web clusters to stop bleeding in soldiers. They combined honey and vinegar to clean out the wounds. Then a wad of spider webs would be placed on top and held until the bleeding reduced.” interestingengineering.co…
Officials in Athens, Greece conducted helicopter & satellite audits to determine less than 0.02% of residents claimed their pools to avoid paying taxes. Greeks consider not paying tax to be β€˜Patriotic’, a nod to a time when they were ruled by the Ottoman Turks, almost 200 years ago. thestar.com/news/world/20…
Today I learned of Sam Panopoulos, a Greek Canadian restaurateur who in 1962 at the Satellite restaurant in Chatham, Ontario, decided to put ham and pineapple on a pizza, aiming for something sweet and savory. He called it the Hawaiian pizza and his food invention has earned wrath and praise ever since. cbc.ca/news/hawaiian-pizz…
Many Greek Gods were bisexual. Zeus was also bisexual. pride.com/gay/2016/9/10/2…
The equivalents of the idiom β€œIt’s all Greek to me” in world languages use other kinds of languages other than Greek. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The Turkish word for a turkey bird means "India," the Hindi word means "Turkey," the Portuguese word means "Peru," Khmer and Scottish Gaelic call it a "French chicken," Malay calls it a "Dutch chicken," and various dialects of Arabic call it a Roman, Greek, or Ethiopian chicken. slate.com/human-interest/…
Ancient Greek sculptures were originally painted bright colors; they only appear white today because the original pigments have deteriorated en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anc…
Today I learned of Alcibiades, an ancient greek general who'd served not one, not two, but three nations during the Peloponnesian War. After being exiled from Athens by his enemies, he played a pivotal role in their downfall whilst serving Sparta, and vice versa when he served Athens again until he got exiled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alc…
The citizens of Greek island of Lesbos have sued lesbians (homosexual women) in Greek court for β€œappropriating their national identity”. The island's inhabitants requested that the court ban the use of the word lesbian as a term to describe gay women. reuters.com/article/us-gr…
The Greek question mark is nearly identical to the semicolon, to the point that its Unicode representation is, in practice, equivalent en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Que…
Today I learned about Greek philosopher Zeno of Elea (c. 490–430 BC), who claimed that motion is nothing but an illusion. Upon hearing Zeno's arguments, Diogenes the Cynic stood up and walked away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zen…
The Mediterranean island country of Malta has been inhabited since around 5900 BCE, and has been ruled by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Normans, Aragonese, Knights of Malta, French and British, all before becoming independent in 1964. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal…
No ingredient in Hawaiian Pizza originated from Hawaii. The pizza's creation was credited to Sam Panopoulos, a Greek-Canadian who named his invention "Hawaiian" after the brand of canned pineapple he used for it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haw…
One of the most famous figures tied to Egypt, Cleopatra VII, was actually Greek. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
When British scientists discovered homosexual behavior in penguins in 1911, they were so shocked that they published the study in Greek so it would remain accessible to only a few scientists. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
, In Greek, Beta is pronounced like a V and MP is used in place of B en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
The Black Knight from Monty Python was based on a real person: Arrichion of Phigalia, a Greek wrestler who famously refused to give up during a particularly tough wrestling match. He died during the match, but still won because his opponent surrendered, not realizing he was dead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
The word "daily" in the Lord's Prayer ("our daily bread") translates from the ancient Greek word "epiousios," which appears twice in the New Testament and nowhere else in any known ancient Greek text. We're not 100% sure of its meaning-some say it means "necessary" or "for the future" instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epi…
The word β€˜oxymoron’ is itself an oxymoron. This is because it derives from Ancient Greek where β€˜oxy’ means β€˜sharp’ and β€˜moros’ means β€˜stupid’. haggardhawks.com/post/201…
The name Dennis derives from Dionysus, name of the Greek god of the grape-harvest, winemaking and wine, of fertility, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, festivity and theatre en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
In 2005 there were so many tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic that we ran out of names and had to start using the Greek alphabet. The last Hurricane was Epsilon (December), while the last tropical storm was Zeta (Janurary). Countless records were broken during this season. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In Greek mythology Charon is the ferryman who carries souls of the newly dead across the river Styx and Acheron that divided the world of living from the world of the dead. As a payment or bribe for Charon, ancient Greeks started the custom of Placing a coin in the mouth of a dead body. britannica.com/topic/Char…
Instead of using the idiom, "It's all Greek to me," when something looks like gibberish, the Greeks themselves often say, "It's Turkish," Turks say, "It's French," the French say, "It's Hebrew," Hebrew speakers say, "It's Chinese," and Chinese people say, "This looks like its from Mars." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Today I learned about the mythical isle of Thule. The Ancient Greek explorer, Pytheas, was the first to write about Thule during his travels between 330-20 BC. Thule is described like a land of fire and ice in which the sun never sets, about six days sailing north from Britain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thu…
In ancient world there was a horse breed so valued and sought after, they were the official mounts of Persian kings, Spartans treated them as treasures, and Han Chinese invaded a Greek city state for them en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nis…
The word "cancer" is derived from the Latin term for crab because translations of Hippocrates observed that in surface-level tumors, "the veins are stretched on all sides as the animal the crab has its feet". Greek tradition forbade opening the body, so the description was limited to skin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Today I learned about the Sacred Band of Thebes, an elite group of Theban Greek warriors composed of 150 couples of male lovers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sac…
Today I learned of Jane Digby, an English aristocrat who had 4 husbands and many lovers, including King Ludwig of Bavaria and his son King Otto of Greece, a Bohemian nobleman, Austrian statesman and Prince, and a Greek general. She died in Syria, the wife of a Sheikh 20 years her junior en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan…
Helium (He) is the only element on the periodic table that was not discovered on Earth. It was found when analyzing the sun’s spectrum, hence its name which comes from the Greek god of the sun Helios. education.jlab.org/itsele…
The English word 'Tantalise', meaning temptation without satisfaction, coes from the Greek Myth of Tantalus, a man who stole ambrosia from Zeus and served his son Pelops to the Olympic Gods at a banquet. As punishment he was stood by a pool that receding whenever he went to take a drink. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan…
After the Ottoman Empire fell and was being divided by the victors, the Turks fought in an all out offensive against the British, French, Greeks, Italians, and Armenians, and won. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tur…
The Persian Army brought an immense block of marble to the Battle of Marathon, intending to build a monument of their victory. Captured by the Greeks, they sculpted a statue of Nemesis, the goddess who cuts down those with too much pride en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nem…
Today I learned of Greek Jewish boxer and prisoner of Auschwitz, Salamo Arouch. He was forced to fight other prisoners for the guards entertainment. Losers of these fights were sent to the gas chambers. Salamo survived 2 years and won over 200 bouts, eventually being released when the camp was liberated. nytimes.com/2009/05/04/wo…
Harry Potter has been translated to Ancient Greek so that students of the dead language would have something fun to decipher. users.globalnet.co.uk/~lo…
Sparta's reputation as a military machine is largely myth, that they lived an ordinary Greek lifestyle, and they should really be known for responsible and stable government. ancientworldmagazine.com/…
Today I learned about Archie "The Greek" Karas, a gambler who ran $50 to $40 million in 3 years, then lost it all en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc…
Some especially poignant scenes in Greek tragedy were written in "catalectic trochaic tetrameter." It's the same rhythm as the song "Oh My Darling, Clementine." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Atalanta was the fastest human in the world according to the Ancient Greek legend. She was a virgin huntress, unwilling to marry who agreed to marry only if her suitors could outrun her in a footrace. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ata…
Ostracism, intentionally excluding people, is derived from the Ancient Greek practice of temporarily expelling citizens they thought were a threat to society. Voters would scratch the name of the person to be expelled on broken pieces of pottery, called in Ancient Greek, "ostrakon." agathe.gr/democracy/pract…
Owls are associated with knowledge in Western tradition because they are the companion animal of Athena, the goddess of wisdom, in Greek mythology. However, the origins of this relationship are largely unknown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owl…
In 1801, a British Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire may have stolen several priceless Classical Greek marble sculptures from the Parthenon and Acropolis and are currently located in the British Museuem en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elg…
Thomas Jefferson spoke English, French, Latin, could read Greek and Spanish, studied and wrote on Old English, and studied other languages including German, Arabic, Irish, and Welsh. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Leap days were actually put into use since 46 BC by Julius Caesar after him personally consulting Greek astronomer Sosigenes of Alexandria for the fact that one year was slightly longer than 365 days and if they continued with the existing calendar, July would eventually fall on winter. apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap2002…
Today, March 6th, is the annual, sacred high holy day of Dudeism: The Day of the Dude. A religion inspired by "The Dude" from the 1998 film The Big Lebowski, Dudeism is a blend of Chinese Taoism, concepts from the Greek philosopher Epicurus presented in a style as personified by "The Dude." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dud…
Today I learned of the ancient Greek letter "digamma" (or "wau") that made a "w" sound. It used to begin, for example, the word "oinos" ("woinos"), which is Greek for "wine." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig…
Hawaiian Pizza was not invented in Hawaii, but rather by a Greek-Canadian in Chatham, Ontario, Canada in 1962 cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/…
The character Argus Filch from Harry Potter is named After Greek giant Argus Pantoptes that had 100 eyes because Argus Filch sees all thewordexplorer.blog/2015…
Today I learned of The Eleusinian Mysteries: Secret religious ancient Greek rites held annually for some two millennia (starting in 1600 B.C.) at the temple of Demeter. To this day, the controversy puzzles historians; all details were marked by a sworn oath of secrecy by the initiated and vanished through time. ancient.eu/article/32/the…
, a "holocaust" was a sacrificial religious ceremony practiced in ancient Judaism, wherein an animal was sacrificed to god, being entirely consumed by fire. The word is from a Greek translation of the Old Testament. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hol…
The ancient greeks thought the body was regulated by four humors (juices): blood, yellow bile, phlegm and "black bile". In a healthy body they were in the right proportion to each other, an imbalance was thought to be the cause of diseases. From these humors we still have words like sanguin or en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hum…
Klystron (linear beam vacuum tubes used in particle accelerators) comes from the Greek verb klyzo - referring to the action of waves breaking against a shore. wikipedia.org/wiki/Klystr…
The Greek word for β€œCarpenter” more accurately translates as β€œhome builder” and since Judea built structures primarily out of stone, Jesus was probably a stone mason. leadership.lifeway.com/20…
The Greek philosopher Plato's real name is unknown, as "Plato" is his wrestling nickname wikipedia.org/wiki/Plato#…
While most men have a larger right than left testicle, the opposite pattern is seen in Ancient Greek statues. Scholars think this anatomical error is linked to the historical belief that each testicle separately contains the sperm needed to produce a male or female heir. theguardian.com/education…
Diogenes "the Cynic" of Sinope, a controversial Greek philosopher, responded to Zeno's paradoxes on the impossibility of physical motion by getting up and walking away. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zen…
Today I learned about Xenophon Zolotas, a Greek scholar and politician, who gave two speeches in English to the IMF using nothing but Greek loanwords. malathronas.com/2815/gree…
In Clash Of The Titans (1981) Movie, Kraken is not part of the greek Mythology but is Norwegian. filmschoolrejects.com/how…
"mile" derives from Latin "miles passus", meaning "thousand paces". In the same way, "kilo" derives from Greek and also means thousand. Thus, depending on which language you say "thousand" in, you are talking about either weight or distance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
There have been at least 5 different Battles of Thermopylae aside from the one famously fought between the Greeks and Persians (popularized by "300") in 480 BC. The most recent of these battles was between the ANZACs and the Wermacht in 1941. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
In 1909, a Greek man in Omaha, Nebraska, was arrested for interacting with a white woman. The Greek resisted arrest and shot an Irish police officer which resulted in the gathering of a mob of 900 + men who would burn down the Greek neighbourhood in Omaha. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
The Greeks associated the sound of a partridge taking flight with the sound of intestinal gas. This is revealed by the etymology of the word "perdiks", which in their language refers to this bird perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/…
Draconian laws are named after the 1st Greek legislator, Draco, who meted out severe punishment for very minor offenses. These included enforced slavery for any debtor whose status was lower than that of his creditor and the death sentence for stealing a cabbage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
The reason we write from left to right is to not smudge ink. The Greeks (from whom English is derived) mostly had right handed stone workers and when they began to use papyrus, left to right allowed them to see what they were writing as well as prevent ruining the paper by smudging the ink childrensmuseum.org/blog/…
The word β€œAlphabet” is actually just the beginning of the Greek AlphaBet(a) getwords.com/unit/303/ip:…
The most common foreign languages for a US President to speak have been Latin (14) and Greek (9). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
A greek messenger Pheidippides reported the victory from the battle of Marathon to Athens. That's how 'Marathon race' got it's name. bbc.com/news/11660600
There was no mention of Apple as the Forbidden Fruit. Possible fruits include apple, grape, pomegranate, fig, carob, etrog or citron, pear, and mushrooms. There was a misunderstanding of – or a pun on – mΔƒlum, a native Latin noun which means evil and mālum, borrowed from Greek μῆλον or apple. wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbid…
Many of the accient Greek and Roman statues were painted theancienthome.com/blogs/…
The word sepia comes from the Mediterranean Cuttlefish, a type of squid whose dark brown ink was used by classical civilizations. The name of this squid thereafter comes from the Greek ''sepein'' meaning: to rot. Most likely from the way the fish dirties the waters with its ink. mashedradish.com/2017/10/…
Today I learned about Chionis of Sparta, an ancient Greek Olympian whose long jump record of over 7 meters at the Olympic games of 656 BC would have won him gold at the 1896 Olympics and placed him in the top eight of the next 10 games, through the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
The letter X stands for the unknown because Spanish people can’t say "sh". The word "sheiun" in Arabic means "something" and while translating Arabic algebra to Spanish in the 11th-12th century they replaced "sheiun" with the Greek X (Chi) which eventually reached us through Latin and became X. io9.gizmodo.com/why-do-we…
Heracles built his own funeral pyre, but no one would set it alight so Philoctetes stepped up to light it and was rewarded with Heracles' bow, which he later used to help the Greeks win the Trojan war greekmythology.com/Myths/…
Today I learned of Hellenism, the modern day revival of the ancient Greek religion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hel…

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