A drawing of Theseus fighting the Minotour

Theseus was the hero of many Greek legends, most notably Theseus and the Minotaur but was he a real person? Theseus was a mythological king and founder hero of Athens, sometimes described as the son of king Aegeus and sometimes the son of the god Poseidon. He was everything a Greek hero should be handsome, […]

Why did the Modern Olympics start?

Because of one man, Pierre de Coubertin. It came about in 1889 when he had the concept of reviving the Olympic Games.  Then, he spent the next five years just trying to get a meeting of athletes and sports enthusiasts, and, of course, when they finally got together, they loved it! That was in June […]

A Plinian Volcano!

Most of all we all know about Volcanos they shoot lava high into the air but did you know what a Plinian volcano is? The point is that volcanos are not all the same.  Surprise, surprise, yes they are the eruption of gases and lava from the centre of the earth, but …….. They have […]

Did the people of Pompeii know they lived by a live volcano?

Pliny the Younger who watched from the other side of the bay told us  “There had been tremors for many days previously,a common occurrence in Campagnia and no cause for panic.” Yes, they did! The Pompeiians knew that to Volcanoes provided fertile land, ideal soil along with a climate for growing grapes and olives.  That […]

Athens, an early democracy

In 510 BC the Athenians overthrew their tyrant King Hippias, with the help of Cleomenes I, King of Sparta. Naturally, he tried to put his own man on the throne, and he chose Isagoras. However, Cleisthenes, an Athenian lawyer, who was supported by the middle class and basically most of the population, opposed him.  Isagoras […]

The Ancient Olympics, how did they start?

Do your children know that the Olympics date back to an Ancient Greek festival, which was part of a five day festival held every four years in honour of Zeus, the King of the Gods. It is believed there were similar festivals as far back as the 13th century BC, yes, that long ago! However, […]

Did the people of Pompeii know they lived by a live volcano?

The city of Pompeii was a major resort city during the times of Ancient Rome. However, then everything changed when it was buried in volcanic dust in 79 AD, disaster struck the city when it was buried for 2,000 years under 20 feet of a blanket of ash and pumice when the nearby volcano, Mount […]

Who was Theseus?

We know him as the Greek who slayed the Minotaur of the Cretan king Minos.  What did he do before that? His birth His birth is interesting. It is said that he was the son of Aegeus, King of Athens. Aegeus had a problem, just like Henry VIII, he needed a son, he knew several […]

Did the Greek Gods start the Trojan War?

Actually, we don’t know, but, when we talk about the Trojan Wars, Greek mythology says “Yes, they certainly did”. You see in those days the Greeks felt the gods controlled the mortal world by using their magical powers to protect or punish the humans, depending those who were in their favour at the time. This […]

How do you escape the labyrinth?

Greek mythology tells the story of Monster in the Maze. It tells of a frightening creature, with the head of a bull and the body of a man, yes, half man and half animal.  Now this frightening creature lived in the centre of the Labyrinth, an elaborate maze, under the palace of King Minos of […]