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  • Human skeleton discovered at Antikythera shipwreck after more than 2,000

    09/20/2016 3:08:48 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Sept 19, 2016 | By Associated Press and Cheyenne Macdonald
    Full title: Human skeleton discovered at Antikythera shipwreck after more than 2,000 years at the bottom of the sea Buried beneath sand and the fragments of ancient pottery, researchers have discovered the 2,000-year-old remains of a sailor who died upon the ill-fated 'Antikythera ship.' Archaeologists have investigated the famous shipwreck off a tiny Greek island for which it's named for over a century, revealing a trove of remarkable artefacts – including the mysterious 'Antikythera Mechanism,' thought to be a 'guide to the galaxy.'
  • August 9th is the anniversary of the battle of Thermopylae

    08/09/2016 4:07:55 AM PDT · by harpygoddess · 41 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 08/09/2016 | HarpyGoddess
    A legendary battle of western history: Today is the anniversary of the battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. Thermopylae is a pass in east central Greece between the cliffs of Mount Oeta and the Malic Gulf, and in ancient times, it was a principal entrance into southern Greece from the north. It was there that the Greeks confronted the third Persian expedition of the Persian Wars - an army of as many as a half-million men under Xerxes. When they found that their position had been turned, however, the Greeks retreated precipitously - all except for a 300-strong Spartan contingent...
  • Archaeologists To Study Shackled Skeletons From Ancient Greece To Understand Rise Of Athens

    03/28/2016 8:12:53 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | March 24, 2016 | Kristina Killgrove
    Not even four miles south of Athens lies Phaleron — a site unknown to most tourists. A port of Athens in classical times, Phaleron also boasts one of the largest cemeteries ever excavated in Greece, containing more than 1,500 skeletons. Dating to the 8th-5th centuries BC, Phaleron is significant for our understanding of the rise of the Greek city-state. And, in particular, for understanding the violence and subjugation that went with it. Two mass burials at Phaleron include people who were tossed face-down into a pit, their hands shackled behind their backs. To learn more about these deviant burials and...
  • Ancient Greek silver mine unearthed

    02/15/2016 8:37:16 AM PST · by JimSEA · 9 replies ^ | 2/15/2016 | Andrew Topf
    Archeologists working in Thorikos, Greece, have found a pristine silver mine that has lain untouched for over 5,000 years. Thorikos on southern Attica – the peninsula that juts into the Aegean Sea – was a site for ancient lead and silver mining. In a post on Sunday, New Historian says the mining complex, discovered by French scientists from the University of Lorraine and the UMR National Center for Scientific Research 5608 of Toulouse, has infrastructure unlike any seen from the time period of around 3,200 BC. "The Greek mine is exceptional not only for its scope but for its layout...
  • Deep Frieze Meaning: What is the Parthenon telling us?

    09/02/2014 11:54:52 AM PDT · by mojito · 20 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 9/8/2014 | A. E. STALLINGS
    The Parthenon represents, for many, a golden age in human achievement: the 5th-century b.c. Greek flowering of democracy, sciences, and the arts. But what if its chief ornament, the Parthenon frieze, turned out to be not an embodiment of reason and proportion—of stillness at the heart of motion, quiet piety, and enlightened civic responsibility—but (or, rather, also) something darker, more primitive: a representation of the critical moment in an ancient story of a king at war, a human sacrifice, and a goddess’s demand for virgin blood? That’s the argument at the heart of The Parthenon Engima. The plot involves not...
  • The Birth of Bureaucracy (Where Long Lines, Red Tape & Arcane Rules Began; 1650 to 1100 B.C.)

    06/13/2012 7:32:01 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 17 replies
    Archaeology ^ | July/August 2012 | Amanda Summer
    The Birth of Bureaucracy At the site of Iklaina, excavations are revealing new evidence of how the Mycenaean state functioned - Pylos, in Greece’s southwestern Peloponnese, is known for its miles of soft sandy beaches, rocky islets soaring out of the water marking the edges of the Bay of Navarino, and the mountains that cut it off from the rest of Greece. The surrounding region, known as Messenia, is also home to dozens of archaeological sites. Since the nineteenth century, Messenia has attracted archaeologists hoping to uncover remains of Greece’s Mycenaean age, the period from approximately 1650 to 1100 B.C.,...
  • Richard Nixon Tapes: Archie Bunker & homosexuality

    09/30/2011 8:34:26 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 13 replies
    Youtube ^ | May 13, 1971 | Richard M. Nixon
  • Ancient Greece's 'global warming'

    05/08/2009 6:39:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies · 1,347+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 08, 2009 | Ben-Peter Terpstra
    In Heaven + Earth (Global Warming: The Missing Science), Ian Plimer, Professor of Mining Geology at The University of Adelaide, Australia, asks us to embrace big-picture science views; for to recognize our limits is a sign of maturity. "Climate science lacks scientific discipline," says the pro-amalgamation Professor, and in order to see more clearly we need to adopt an interdisciplinary approach. This requires humbleness. In Chapter 2: History, Plimer travels back in time, thousands of years, in fact, to debunk Gore's catastrophic global warming myths. I particularly like his research on the ancient Greeks. For Plato (427-347 BC) advanced the...
  • NY exhibit unveils women's lives in ancient Greece

    12/22/2008 7:56:09 AM PST · by eleni121 · 14 replies · 739+ views
    PHYSORG ^ | December 20, 2008 | VERENA DOBNIK
    A woman's place has never been just in the home - not even in ancient Greece. The proof is in an exhibit titled "Worshiping Women: Ritual and Reality in Classical Athens" - a collection of artifacts that correct the cliched idea of Athenian women as passive, homebound nurturers of men and children.
  • Introduction to Ancient Greek History

    11/10/2008 12:09:28 AM PST · by BCrago66 · 34 replies · 678+ views
    Yale University ^ | September, 2007 | Donald Kagan
    Donald Kagan is Sterling Professor of Classics and History at Yale University. A former dean of Yale College, he received his Ph.D. in 1958 from The Ohio State University. His publications include The Archidamian War, The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition, Pericles and the Birth of the Athenian Empire, On the Origins of War and the Preservation of Peace, and The Peloponnesian War. In 2002 he was the recipient of the National Humanities Medal and in 2005 was named the National Endowment for the Humanities Jefferson Lecturer.
  • Of course: Setting for Obama’s speech to resemble ancient Greek temple

    08/26/2008 6:15:54 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies · 1,149+ views ^ | August 26, 2008 | Allahpundit
    A manger wouldn’t have played well with the red-staters they’re trying to woo. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s big speech on Thursday night will be delivered from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple. The stage, similar to structures used for rock concerts, has been set up at the 50-yard-line, the midpoint of Invesco Field, the stadium where the Denver Broncos’ National Football League team plays. Some 80,000 supporters will see Obama appear from between plywood columns painted off-white, reminiscent of Washington’s Capitol building or even the White House, to accept the party’s nomination for president… Once Obama...
  • Obama speech stage resembles ancient Greek temple

    08/26/2008 4:36:07 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 53 replies · 837+ views
    Reuters ^ | Aug 26, 2008
    DENVER (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's big speech on Thursday night will be delivered from an elaborate columned stage resembling a miniature Greek temple. The stage, similar to structures used for rock concerts, has been set up at the 50-yard-line, the midpoint of Invesco Field, the stadium where the Denver Broncos' National Football League team plays. Some 80,000 supporters will see Obama appear from between plywood columns painted off-white, reminiscent of Washington's Capitol building or even the White House, to accept the party's nomination for president. He will stride out to a raised platform to a podium that...
  • Spartans Did Not Throw Deformed Babies Away: Researchers

    12/12/2007 11:10:15 AM PST · by blam · 73 replies · 2,464+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12-10-2007
    Spartans did not throw deformed babies away: researchers Mon Dec 10, 1:22 PM ETAFP/File Photo: The statue of King Leonidas of ancient Sparta stands over the battlefield of Thermopylae, some... ATHENS (AFP) - The Greek myth that ancient Spartans threw their stunted and sickly newborns off a cliff was not corroborated by archaeological digs in the area, researchers said Monday. After more than five years of analysis of human remains culled from the pit, also called an apothetes, researchers found only the remains of adolescents and adults between the ages of 18 and 35, Athens Faculty of Medicine Anthropologist Theodoros...
  • Greece hoists Parthenon sculptures to new home

    10/15/2007 4:34:55 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies · 58+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/14/07 | Renee Maltezou
    ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece on Sunday began moving the ancient sculptures from the temples of the Athens Acropolis to a new museum, designed specifically to prod the British Museum into returning its own prized collection of Parthenon marbles. Dozens of bystanders, some in tears, watched as three cranes relayed a massive stone slab from the 2,500-year-old Parthenon. It was carved with four youths leading bulls to sacrifice to the goddess Athena. "I am trembling, it touches my soul," said pensioner Pelagia Boulamatsi, 71, unable to hold back tears. "This is an ancient civilization that is the foundation of the world."...
  • Greek fires reach ancient Olympics site (at least 57 dead)

    08/26/2007 10:43:17 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 34 replies · 1,072+ views
    Yahoo News/AP ^ | August 26, 2007 | Petros Giannakouris
    Greek fires reach ancient Olympics site By PETROS GIANNAKOURIS, Associated Press Writer Massive fires consuming large areas of southern Greece for a third day raced toward the site of the ancient Olympics on Sunday, engulfing villages and forests as the flames reached one of the most revered sites of antiquity. At least 57 people have been killed in the country's worst wildfires in decades, including five who died Sunday in a new blaze on the island of Evia and a woman whose body was found in a village near Ancient Olympia. There were fears the death toll could rise as...
  • Archimedes' hidden writings revealed with particle accelerator (Stanford)

    08/04/2006 7:39:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 6,042+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 8/4/06 | Terence Chea - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO – Previously hidden writings of the ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes are being uncovered with powerful X-ray beams nearly 800 years after a Christian monk scrubbed off the text and wrote over it with prayers. Over the past week, researchers at Stanford University's Linear Accelerator Center in Menlo Park have been using X-rays to decipher a fragile 10th century manuscript that contains the only copies of some of Archimedes' most important works. The X-rays, generated by a particle accelerator, cause tiny amounts of iron left by the original ink to glow without harming the delicate goatskin parchment. “We are...
  • Greek Archaeologists Confirm Authenticity Of 'Theseus Ring'

    08/03/2006 3:24:48 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 1,039+ views
    Greek archaeologists confirm authenticity of 'Theseus Ring' Aug 2, 2006, 15:44 GMT Athens - The long-lost 'Theseus Ring,' a gold ring found in the Plaka district of Athens in the 1950s and generally dismissed as a fake, has been identified by Greek archaeologists as a genuine 15th century BC artifact, reports said Wednesday. The Greek press had reported the discovery of a gold signet ring, with dimensions 2.7 x 1.8 cm dating from the Minoan period, and the National Archaeological Museum wanted to purchase it for 75,000 euros from the woman who owned it. There was a huge debate about...
  • Crete: isle of the dead?

    08/03/2006 10:11:02 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies · 600+ views
    Frontier magazine ^ | January-February 2000 | Philip Coppens
    It argues that the "palaces" could more likely be "temples" rather than residential buildings. For sure, archaeologists are quick to point out that certain parts of the palaces definitely had a religious function. But some go further. Archaeologist Oswald Spengler stated in the 1930s that these "palaces" were temples for the dead. His opinion was not taken seriously, as it went against the accepted belief. Wunderlich continued where Spengler had stopped. Both noted that the state of the palaces was particularly bizarre. Thousands of people are believed to have roamed the corridors of the Palace of Knossos, but the staircases...
  • Archeologists, journalists plan vast database of Greek antiquities abroad

    06/17/2006 6:10:30 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies · 140+ views
    MacLeans ^ | June 15, 2006 | unattributed
    Greek archeologists and journalists said Thursday they are teaming up on an ambitious project to catalogue thousands of Greek antiquities owned by foreign museums and collections. But organizers said the resulting database would not be used to boost repatriation claims... Thousands of artifacts from Greece's rich past are displayed in museums and private collections all over the world. Most were removed during the four centuries of Ottoman rule before the country's independence in the 19th century, while others were plundered during illicit excavations. The project will be carried out in co-operation with unions of the University of Thessaloniki archeologists and...
  • Titanic explorer to seek shipwrecks in Aegean: Greek officials

    06/09/2006 2:23:58 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 19 replies · 624+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | 6/8/06 | AFP
    The explorer who discovered the Titanic's resting place is to undertake a search for ancient shipwrecks off the southern Greek island of Crete, the Greek foreign ministry said Thursday. The search, by American oceanographer Robert Ballard, will be conducted in international waters, with the Greek culture ministry hoping to send a representative to observe operations, a ministry official said. "Deep-sea research will be conducted in the area between Santorini and Crete, for the purpose of locating (ancient) Mediterranean sea trade routes, recording ancient shipwrecks etc," culture ministry general secretary Christos Zahopoulos told a news conference this week. "The necessary steps...
  • Typhoid May Have Caused Fall Of Athens, Study Finds

    03/27/2006 3:41:19 PM PST · by blam · 28 replies · 1,872+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 2-27-2006 | Nicholas Bakalar
    Typhoid May Have Caused Fall of Athens, Study Finds Nicholas Bakalar for National Geographic News February 27, 2006 An ancient medical mystery—the cause of a plague that wracked Athens from 426 to 430 B.C. and eventually led to the city's fall—has been solved by DNA analysis, researchers say. The ancient Athenians died from typhoid fever, according to a new study. Scientists from the University of Athens drew this conclusion after studying dental pulp extracted from the teeth of three people found in a mass grave in Athens' Kerameikos cemetery. The mass grave was first discovered in 1994 and was dated...
  • Archaeologists Find Massive Tomb in Greece

    02/12/2006 5:26:10 PM PST · by wagglebee · 10 replies · 491+ views ^ | 2/12/06 | COSTAS KANTOURIS/AP
    Archaeologists have unearthed a massive tomb in the northern Greek town of Pella, capital of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia and birthplace of Alexander the Great. The eight-chambered tomb dates to the Hellenistic Age between the fourth and second century B.C., and is the largest of its kind ever found in Greece. The biggest multichambered tombs until now contained three chambers. The 678-square-foot tomb hewn out of rock was discovered by a farmer plowing his field on the eastern edge of the ancient cemetery of Pella, some 370 miles north of Athens, archaeologists said. "This is the largest and most...
  • Child-sex book canceled after WND report

    09/25/2005 12:33:41 PM PDT · by tuesday afternoon · 19 replies · 1,279+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 9/22/05 | WND
    'Expert' author claimed sex good for 'nurturing,' 'mentoring' young boys Two days after WND exclusively reported on a new book claiming sex with children "can benefit and even serve a "mentoring function," the publishing company has announced it is canceling the book in light of the public outcry the story prompted. "Same-Sex Desire and Love in Greco-Roman Antiquity and in the Classical Tradition of the West" features "scholarly" treatises by a raft of mostly-Ph.D. academics, all praising earlier civilizations – particularly Greece and Rome – for the role homosexuality played in those ancient cultures. One chapter in particular, titled "Pederasty:...
  • Helike, ancient Greek city swallowed by the sea

    07/02/2005 9:06:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies · 1,049+ views
    Destruction of Helike ^ | October 17, 2000 | John Noble Wilford
    In their reports, the researchers said these findings suggested that the pavement and wall stones were from the time of Helike's destruction and supported stories that the city ruins were for a long time submerged in the sea or a lagoon. The ruins were buried by silt, which, combined with a general uplifting of the land, had left the once-submerged site about half a mile inland from the present shore. A house built on the shore between the Selinous and Kerynites Rivers in the 1890's is now about 1,000 feet from the sea.
  • Technology in Ancient Greece -- Draining projects in the lake Kopaida

    08/26/2005 8:36:12 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 540+ views
    Dina Baga homepage ^ | last updated Novembre 28, 1997 | Dina Baga
    The biggest technical project of the Mycenae civilization is the one of the drainning of the lake Kopaida in the 14th century B.C. The water from the rivers and the torrents that were overflowing the plain, were conveied through an irregular canal, the width of which was 40 -60 metres, and a system of banks at the NE side of the lake, where a concentrating trench(ditch) (total length of 9 kilometres) was carrying them away into deep holes. Those holes were not enougth to absorb all that water, so the Mycenae's technicians builted an underground inclined tunnel, dug into the...
  • Archaeologists Uncover Ancient Coins In The Heart Of Athens

    08/13/2005 11:44:21 AM PDT · by blam · 34 replies · 1,294+ views
    Afp/Yahoo ^ | 8-11-2005
    Archeologists uncover ancient coins in the heart of Athens Thu Aug 11,11:46 AM ET ATHENS (AFP) - Scores of silver coins dating back well over two millennia have been unearthed in the heart of Athens, officials announced. More than five kilos (11 pounds) of silver pieces dating primarily from the 4th century BC were discovered in an excavation project of the American School of Archeology, a statement from the ministry of culture said. Some 45 of the silver pieces are believed to date back to the 5th century BC. The discovery at the Athens Agora -- the chief marketplace and...
  • New Colossus of Rhodes will keep watch on drunken Britons

    02/27/2005 1:47:12 PM PST · by wagglebee · 13 replies · 1,763+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 2/27/05 | Harry de Quetteville
    More than two millennia after it was toppled by an earthquake, the Colossus of Rhodes - one of the seven wonders of the ancient world - is to rise again. Instead of standing astride the venerable port of Rhodes town, however, the 100ft bronze figure will tower over the island's downmarket resort of Faliraki, infamous for the drunken antics of thousands of British tourists who go there every year. Faliraki, about five miles south of Rhodes town, boasts a strip of bars and clubs a third of a mile long, where cut-price alcohol lures hordes of tourists on drinking binges...
  • The Warriors Of Paros

    12/19/2004 11:52:54 AM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 573+ views
    Hellenic News ^ | 12-19-2004 | Foteini Zafeiropoulou/Anagnostis Agelarakis
    The Warriors of ParosEarliest Polyandria (Soldiers' burials) found in Greece offer clues to the rise of Classical Greek City-States and Phalangeal War Tactics. by Foteini Zafeiropoulou and Anagnostis Agelarakis Soldiers' bones in urns-evidence of a forgotten battle fought around 730 BC. Did these men perish on their island home of Paros, at the center of the Aegean Sea, or in some distant land? The loss of so many, at least 120 men, was certainly a catastrophe for the community, but their families and compatriots honored them, putting the cremated remains into large vases two of which were decorated with scenes...
  • Pedecaris alive, or the Raisuli dead

    01/23/2002 3:10:46 PM PST · by Sebastian · 4 replies · 419+ views
    Like many I was glued to the television in the days following the tragic terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. As it happened, I tended to tune to FOX. In those first days when FOX finally started to insert commercial breaks, they introduced those breaks with a series of inspirational quotes. One blurb they used time and time again was: “To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. – Alfred Lord Tennyson” Most will recognize this as the last line of Tennyson’s masterful work “Ulysses.” The full thought is “. . . . and tho' we are ...
  • Ancient Games were pagan entertainment package

    07/23/2004 6:33:12 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 11 replies · 1,002+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri 23 July | Paul Majendie
    From spectacular chariot races to bloody wrestling bouts, the Ancient Olympics offered the ultimate pagan entertainment package. Competitors had to swear an oath on a slice of boar's meat that they had not used magic to boost their performances. Runners making a false start were thrashed by the official whip bearer. Wrestlers could tear out their opponent's intestines -- but eye-gouging was banned. Prostitutes made a year's wages in five days at the Greek spectacular. Married women were forbidden to attend the GamesA where all athletes performed naked. That gave writer Tony Perrottet the perfect title for his entertaining look...
  • Ancient Greeks' Olympics Didn't Start Out In The Nude

    08/19/2004 8:16:49 AM PDT · by harrycarey · 15 replies · 1,456+ views
    AP ^ | 8/19/04
    Ancient Greeks' Olympics Didn't Start Out In The Nude POSTED: 8:23 am EDT August 19, 2004 UPDATED: 11:10 am EDT August 19, 2004 ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece -- The ancient Greeks may have been famous for competing in the nude. But they apparently didn't start out that way. Historian Lamros Lambracos says the earliest runners wore little skirts. In one race, he says, a runner lost his skirt and won the race. That ushered in the era of naked Olympics, he said. Lambracos, who has taught at New York University and the University of Athens, worked as a volunteer at the...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Part II of Women Warriors:Ancient Greece and Rome ~ January 27, 2004

    01/26/2004 11:49:34 PM PST · by LaDivaLoca · 457 replies · 1,694+ views ^ | January 27, 2004 | LaDivaLoca
    <p>The Greeks also wrote of their own women warriors. Amastris, wife of Dionysius of Heracluria established her own city state by conquering and uniting 4 settlements.</p> <p>Artemisia I, ruler of the Greek city-state of Halicarnassus and Cos and advisor to Xerxes the ruler of the Persian empire, assisted him in his attacks on the Greeks by commanding a force of warships in the naval battle of Salamis around 480 BC.</p>
  • USO Canteen FReeper Style ~ Ancient Greek Military: Arms & Wardare ~ November 4, 2003

    11/04/2003 1:38:21 AM PST · by LaDivaLoca · 489 replies · 1,088+ views
    The Dalton School ^ | November 4, 2003 | LaDivaLoca
        For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.     Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!     ANCIENT WARFAREPart III: Ancient Greek Military Arms and Warfare   There were many differences between Greek society of the Bronze Age and that of the Archaic and Classical periods. Warfare at this early date probably did not involve the organised phalanxes of heavy infantry (hoplites) which were characteristic of Classical Greek warfare, although there is evidence, both archaeological and documentary (from the Linear B...
  • USO Canteen FReeper Style ~ Ancient Greek Military: Arms and Armour ~ Oct. 28, 2003

    10/28/2003 2:06:09 AM PST · by LaDivaLoca · 338 replies · 4,477+ views
    The Dalton School ^ | October 28, 2003 | LadivaLoca
        For the freedom you enjoyed yesterday... Thank the Veterans who served in The United States Armed Forces.     Looking forward to tomorrow's freedom? Support The United States Armed Forces Today!     ANCIENT WARFAREPart III: Ancient Greek Military Arms and Armour Between the early 7th century and the mid-4th century B.C the Ancient Greeks adopted a form of warfare using heavily-armed infantrymen called hoplites, armed with a short sword, shield and spear. At first, they tended to wear many items of heavy bronze armour to protect their bodies. Gradually, however, as it was realised that the...