King of Sparta, Leonidas (son of lion), and his famous 300 hoplites fell defending Greece from the Persian invasion at 480 BC at the battle of Thermopylae. Join us in a history of kings, empires, battles and heroes!
Besides the Ionic and Doric orders, corinthian order was also developed in ancient Greece. The Corinthian order is named for the Greek city-state of Corinth, to which it was connected in the period. However, according to the architectural historian Vitruv
Every place in Greece has a story to tell. The water castle of Bourtzi is located in the middle of the harbour of Nafplio, the first official capital of state of newly liberated Greece. The Venetians completed its fortification in 1473 to protect the city from pirates. The Greeks regained it from the Turks in 1822. Until 1865 it served as a fortress. It was then transformed into residence of the executioners of convicts from the castle of Palamidi. Find your inspiration in Greece.
Roman, byzantine, ottoman empires left their mark until now in the northern city of Thessaloníki, which always was one of the biggest and most important commercial port through all these historic periods. Meet Thessaloniki and plan with us your trip to Greece! With inspiration!
Pythagoras (famous Greek mathematician and philosopher c. 570 – c. 495 BC) was born in Samos, a little island off the western coast of Asia Minor. He had a great impact on mathematics, theory of music and astronomy. His theories are still used in mathematics today. He was one of the greatest thinkers of his time. Join us and meet the wise world of greek antiquity! Find your inspiration in Greece
Paintings that was found in Acrotiri in Thera (Santorini) show that the Minoans used various types of ships. The Minoans were the first navy power in Greece. That no palace fortifications were found is a sign of their sea-power. Discover with us the ancient greek world! Find your inspiration in Greece!
The Castalian Spring is where all visitors to Delphi, and especially pilgrims who came to consult the Delphic Oracle, stopped to wash themselves and quench their thirst; it is also here that the Pythia and the priests cleansed themselves before the oracle-giving process. It was here that Apollo killed the monster, Python, who was guarding the spring, and that is why it was considered to be sacred.
Castles, fortresses, late roman and byzantine architecture coexist with ancient greek and contemporary civil architectural style all over the country of Greece. Find your inspiration with Inspiration Ventures.
Mystras was the last centre of Byzantine scholarship. The Neoplatonist philosopher George Gemistos Plethon lived there until his death in 1452. He and other scholars based in Mystras influenced the Italian Renaissance. In 1989 the ruins, including the fortress, palace, churches, and monasteries, were named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Find your inspiration in Greece with InspirationVentures!
In Greek mythology Sisyphus was the king of Ephyra (now known as Corinth). He has been punished for his self-aggrandizing craftiness and deceitfulness by being forced to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it come back to hit him, repeating this action for eternity. Through the classical influence on modern culture, tasks that are both laborious and futile are therefore described as Sisyphean. It is also rumoured that Odysseus' father have been Sisyphus and not Laërtes.
Discover the antiquity of western culture and philosophy, starting from the Mycenaean world of gods and heroes to the classical age of philosophy and the late antiquity with the rise of christianity and the forming of Roman Empire to its decomposition. Join us for a trip through space and time! Find your inspiration in Greece!
Cats were not worshipped in ancient Greece but lions played a great part in greek mythology. Hercules' first labour was Nemeas' lion. The Nemean lion was a vicious monster in Greek mythology that could not be killed with mortals' weapons because its golden fur was impervious to attack. Its claws were sharper than mortals' swords and could cut through any armor. Hercules killed it and wore since then its fur.
The ancient greek gods had human passions and offered their help to people, but most of the times were opposite to human actions! In this world philosophy was born and placed human at the center with his main characteristic, free will, but in a politically structured society. Join us in a trip with myths, gods, philosophy and ethics!