Tagged: Greece

Allegory of the Cave

Plato’s allegory of the cave is quite vivid and serves as an important example. This is what this eye-opening allegory can teach us today. Plato (Greek: Πλάτων, 427. BC. – 347. BC.) was a Greek philosopher...

The curse of the Olympic flame

An integral part of the countdown to the Olympic Games, the lighting of the Olympic flame at Olympia is a ceremony of great symbolic importance, one that binds the ancient and modern versions of...

Is olive oil really that special?

In the past 25 years, olive oil has taken on the sta­tus of a health food, initially among those trying to improve their cholesterol lev­els and protect their heart, but then also among people who were...

Fibonacci and the golden ratio

Phi (Φ,φ) –the golden number or Fibonacci’s number– is a very familiar concept, and one that has been studied by mathematicians of all ages. Nor is it unknown to lovers of art, biology, architecture, music,...

Brazen bull

History is replete with brutally imaginative torture and execution techniques. The list of cruelties includes crucifixion, where victims were left to die on the cross; the rack, where torturers would place the victim on...