Unresolved Mysteries About Ancient Greece

Oct 18, 2019 Kayode Oseh

When we talk about the birthplace of the world's civilization, we would always give credits to the Ancient Greece. Virtually no one can doubt the fact that this nation in the past has contributed greatly to the our understanding of the world and our race in general. The breakthroughs that humanity is reaping today is as a result of the seed sown by these people in the antiquity.

We may think that we are giving them much credits but the truth is that they actually deserve much more for everything they've done for humanity. There is virtually no aspect of life these people didn't give knowledge on, was it politics, science, philosophy, literature, or art? In the olden days no one really understood how the world works until the Greeks decided to practice philosophy. It was their inquisitive minds that set forth the bedrock of enlightenment.

With that being said, quite a lot is known about these people and their works. But there are much more things about them that are still hidden from our understanding, things we can actually regard as unsolved mysteries. Considering the length of time from this period of antiquity down to our modern era, majority of facts has been lost to history due to lack of proper documentation, stories has become embellished. 

Here are mysteries about ancient Greece that are still a hidden knowledge among many in the society.

The Work Of Pythagoras


Pythagoras is very popular today as one of the founding fathers of mathematics. His famous Pythagorean theory which states that "the square of the longest side of a right triangle is equal to the sum of the squares of the remaining two shorter sides", is a mathematical principle that has an application in several ares of life most especially in the field of Engineering.

Although the origin of this theorem is always attributed to Pythagoras but there is actually an unresolved mysteries about it. The authenticity that this principle originated with Pythagoras is some how obscure. The reason is because the philosophical school he worked within, operated under a very secretive conditions. And therefore is hard to say in some cases which work can really be attributed to him and which may have been done by another member of the organization. And according to some historians, this famous mathematical principles has been known or used by the Babylonians long before Pythagoras was even born and cannot be regarded as the real work of Pythagoras.

The Destruction Of The Statue Of Zeus


The Statue of Zeus is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It had it seat within the Temple of Zeus at Olympia. Being a notable object of the ancient world, the destruction of this statue and how it became loss to history is still a thing of controversy or rather a mystery. Being sedentary in the Temple of Zeus, many believed that the destruction of this statue may have resulted when the temple was set ablaze. But others believed that the destruction didn't take place in the temple but rather in Constantinople -the present day Turkey, where it was set ablaze. It is popularly known that this relic has been lost for hundreds of years but how it became non existent is still a mystery.

The Life Of Thespis


Thespis of Icaria, according to several historians and philosophers, was the first person to ever appear on stage as an actor. Depicting the attitude of another person in order to entertain viewers. He is usually regarded as the first actor in the world. The English word "Thespian" (meaning actor or actress), may have been coined from his name "Thespis"

The life of Thespis has been a mystery because no one knew if he really existed or not. Quite a lot of sources made reference to him including the works of Aristotle. But most of the works written about him came much latter than when he was said to have performed or existed. Most people regard him as a mythological being who never really existed but more of a symbol of acting in Greek theatrical traditions.

The lost city of Atlantis


Atlantis was an ancient city that is said to have sink beneath the Atlantic. The account about this city is not well known because it was only mentioned in the works of Plato as an allegory of the hubris of nations. A work he wrote in his dialogue, Timaeus and Critias. The Idea of whether Atlantis really existed or not is still a controversy because the city was only mentioned in the works of Plato of which he never really gave a detailed account of.

The Death of Alexander the Great


The death of "Alexander the Great" has been a heated discussion and a debates right from the antiquity to this present age. According to the Babylonian astronomical diary, Alexander died in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar II in Babylon between the evening of June 10 and the evening of June 11, 323 BC, at the age of thirty-two. But his death is still a thing of mystery because many believed that he was poisoned while others believed that he suffered from malaria and typhoid which were the most prevalent diseases facing the Babylonians at that time.


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