The Pythia

The Pythia was the oracular priestess at Delphi, who would deliver prophecies to suppliants under the possession of Apollo. This was one of the most important oracles in the Greek world and it was in use for nearly a thousand years. … More The Pythia

The Muses

Identity and Roles in Antiquity The Muses of Greek mythology were goddesses of poetry, song, and dance and are unparalleled in any other part of the world. They are likened to Nymphs, Charites (Graces), and Sirens as they are all highly skilled in song and/or dance. They represented practice, memory, and song (Melete, Mneme, and … More The Muses

Pregnancy & Childbirth in Ancient Greece

  As one might expect, childbirth in the ancient world was extremely dangerous. This was due partially to a lack of understanding about the female body, leading to societal assumptions about pregnancy and childbirth, as well as the use of potentially dangerous herbs. The Hippocratic writings A large portion of the written sources about women’s … More Pregnancy & Childbirth in Ancient Greece

Mycenaean Female’s Clothing, Hair, and Jewellery

A Brief Mycenaean Background From the 15th to the 13th century BCE, the Mycenaean people inhabited mainland Greece, as well as parts of the Aegean, Crete and the Cycladic Islands. This era of people were influenced largely by the Minoan civilization. A few important locations from this time period are Mycenae (the main site that the … More Mycenaean Female’s Clothing, Hair, and Jewellery