HISTORY Lists

Category: Ancient Greece

oldest cities

6 Modern Capitals With Ancient Roots

An ancient city that manages to stay inhabited—and important—over thousands of years is a surprisingly rare occurrence. Here are six of the most fascinating examples.

blood letting

7 Unusual Ancient Medical Techniques

Doctors are supposed to operate under the maxim “do no harm,” but history shows this has sometimes been easier said than done.

Robin Hood

6 Historical Figures Who May or May Not Have Existed

From Britain’s most beloved outlaw to the founder of Sparta, find out more about six historical figures whose existence remains up for debate.

Spartans

8 Reasons It Wasn’t Easy Being Spartan

From fitness tests for infants to state-sponsored hazing, find out why these ancient Greek warriors had a rough go of it.

Ancient Sports Stars

7 Ancient Sports Stars

From early Olympians to the Michael Jordan of Roman chariot racing, these seven sportsmen stand among the athletic elite of the ancient world.

Ancient Egyptian Remedies

9 Bizarre Baldness Cures

Find out about some of the weird and wacky ways people have attempted to curb or conceal their hair loss over the centuries.

Barbara Palmer

4 Mistresses Who Changed History

Meet four powerful women who bedded but never wedded their paramours, leaving their mark on history by serving as confidantes and advisers.