Trump might have popularised the idea of fake news, but 26 centuries ago Plato and Thucydides were convinced intellectuals and poets were duping the people and undermining democracy.
Greek statues, the Napoleonic wars and the advent of photography all played a role.
The pandemic has made many of us acutely aware of the daily risks we need to take. The ancient Greeks often did not leave risky choices up to individuals alone.
Learn how cicadas, the world's loudest insects, create their cacophony, and why people in ancient Greece and ancient China admired them.
Homer and Aeschylus turned to the divine to write their happy endings. But no gods are conspiring above the US, ready to swoop down and save humankind from itself.
Though hypocrites seemingly relinquish their moral authority, the trial against Socrates shows us that our favoritism for public figures is stronger than our judgments of their hypocrisy.
In ancient Athens, the richest people paid taxes to support what the residents considered the salvation of the city. These taxes earned them social and political clout more valuable than money.
Every time you pop an aspirin, thank the German chemist Hoffmann and not Hippocrates.
After her win in 396 BC, Kyniska erected a statue of herself, reading: 'I am the only woman in all Greece who won this crown.'
The cinema release of No Time to Die has again been delayed but like the ancient Greek god Dionysus, James Bond is immortal.
To overhaul an election redistricting process tainted by gerrymandering, Michigan has adopted a governance mechanism prominent 2,500 years ago in ancient Athens, the birthplace of democracy.
Believed to possess magical qualities, amulets were once widely used. They range from amber pendants worn during Denmark's Mesolithic age to wind chimes found at Pompeii.
What did Pythagoras do with all those triangles, anyway?
They might not really fly on broomsticks or cast spells, but the witches and wizards of books and films are based on real people.
Disasters are inevitable. They should not make us give up on life, rather we should celebrate the preciousness of that life all the more.
Perceptions about coronavirus "only killing old people" highlight the ageist way we sometimes refer to death and dying. Greek myth shows this isn't new and ancient plays laid out the distinction.
From the Moon's size to the first calculator, the ancients made some jawdropping discoveries without modern technology.
A historian of ancient Greece looks past a plague and explains how a massive government spending plan went badly awry 2,500 years ago.
COVID-19 is a plague not merely on the happiness that comes with health and wealth, but also on the meaning in our lives.
Ancient Greek philosophers including Plato likened civic leaders to doctors, creating a healthy society through balance and moderation. Those ideas feed into what we expect from leaders today.