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  • Cops Accused of Intentionally Mowing Down Groundhog in Golf Cart

    08/07/2016 8:09:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 58 replies
    NBC 4 Washington ^ | August 5, 2016 | Associated Press/NBC 4 Washington
    Two police officers in upstate New York have been suspended as authorities investigate claims the cops used a golf cart to run down and kill a groundhog during a police union's golf tournament. Witnesses reported seeing the two men chase a groundhog near one of the holes at the Frear Park Golf Course in the city of Troy last Friday afternoon, authorities said. The animal was killed when the cart ran over it.
  • In Search of the Real Troy

    02/20/2005 2:33:23 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies · 1,322+ views
    Saudi Aramco World ^ | January/February 2005 Volume 56, Number 1 | Graham Chandler, Photographed by Ergun Cagata
    It was then that Swiss scholar Emil Forrer deciphered newly discovered writings from the Hittite Empire to the east, finding two place-names—Wilusa and Taruisa—that sounded convincingly like the Hittite way of writing "Wilios" (the Greek name for the site was "Ilion") and "Troia" (Troy). He also found a treaty, from the early 13th century BC, between the Hittite king Muwatalli and a king of "Wilusa" named Alaksandu. The king’s name, Forrer added, recalls the name of the Trojan prince Alexander—called Paris in Homer’s Iliad. Critics pooh-poohed, conceding that a place named Wilusa may have existed, but where was it on...
  • Boise's 'Apprentice' still on the Trump Train

    05/20/2016 12:29:42 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 3 replies ^ | May 20, 2016 | Mark Johnson KTVB
    [The Apprentice].... in 2004.... Boise’s Troy McClain was the darling of the country. That didn’t stop when Trump uttered the famous “You’re fired” words. Trump said, ... it was one of the most difficult firings of his career. But, being fired by the man who became his mentor and philanthropic inspiration wouldn’t stop the meteoric rise for McClain. "Trump would talk about being a job creator,” ... “He would say ‘Troy you need to be a job creator.' And I'd say; 'Naw, I'm a speaker, ... And he'd say ‘You are a solo-preneur... a job creator!' " McClain formed Troy...
  • Grave of ‘Griffin Warrior’ at Pylos Could Be a Gateway to Civilizations

    10/27/2015 1:02:44 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 26, 2015 | By Nicholas Wade
    Archaeologists digging at Pylos, an ancient city on the southwest coast of Greece, have discovered the rich grave of a warrior who was buried at the dawn of European civilization. He lies with a yardlong bronze sword and a remarkable collection of gold rings, precious jewels and beautifully carved seals. Archaeologists expressed astonishment at the richness of the find and its potential for shedding light on the emergence of the Mycenaean civilization, the lost world of Agamemnon, Nestor, Odysseus and other heroes described in the epics of Homer. “Probably not since the 1950s have we found such a rich tomb,”...
  • Huge Show of Support for Troy Police Officer Released from Hospital

    08/26/2015 10:18:10 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 3 replies
    TWC News ^ | August 25, 2015 | By Jon Dougherty
    ALBANY, N.Y. -- It wasn't just Troy police officers showing their support for Officer Chad Klein. As he walked out of Albany Medical Center, he was surrounded by fellow officers and K9s from agencies across the Capital Region. "As dark as Saturday was, today we're on the other end of the spectrum," said Troy Police Chief John Tedesco. Troy Police Chief John Tedesco says there's still shock within his department about what transpired Saturday night, but as dangerous as it may be, his officers have a job to do. "It's concern now for every officer going out the door, is...
  • The Roberts Trap Is Sprung

    01/03/2014 4:49:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 202 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 2, 2014 | Bill Dunne
    One of the most overlooked aspects of the year just ended is the vindication of Chief Justice John Roberts -- a vindication that showed up as the national catastrophe known as ObamaCare got rolling. Roberts may have also doomed Hillary Clinton's chance to live in the White House again. The chief justice, an appointee of President George W. Bush and reputedly a constitutionalist in his jurisprudence, set his diabolical trap (diabolical to Democrats) on June 28, 2012, when he joined with the four liberal justices on the Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of ObamaCare. Conservatives and Republicans across the...
  • Learning the Lessons from the Fall of Troy

    04/24/2015 11:12:50 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 13 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | April 24, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    As the 2016 election approaches, have we learned anything from history? On April 24, 1184 B.C., as legend has it, the Trojans looked out over their city wall, and saw the Greek ships sailing away, the Greeks apparently having given up after ten long years of war. All that was left was a horse. A great big, huge, heavy, beautiful horse statue on wheels, bearing a note, reading “The Greeks dedicate this thank-offering to Athena for their return home.” Well, the Trojans were no fools; they saw a great big piece of art, obviously the result of great work and...
  • Law firm: Dinosaur cheating tipped workers

    03/29/2015 1:00:29 PM PDT · by Kenny500c · 42 replies
    Albany Times-Union ^ | March 29, 2015 | Lauren Stanforth
    A New York City law firm known for filing class action lawsuits on behalf of chain restaurant workers is going after Dinosaur Bar-B-Que for what it says is the systemic underpayment of tipped workers like servers and bartenders. The law firm of Fitapelli & Schaffer said it has filed a class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York involving all six New York state Dinosaur Bar-B-Que locations, including the one opened in Troy in 2010. Dinosaur has made tipped workers spend at least 20 percent of their time doing non-tippable work — like rolling...
  • Happy New Year!

    01/02/2015 6:46:05 AM PST · by Academiadotorg
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 1, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    My old alma mater—the University of Scranton—recently made the news with a year-old study on New Year’s resolutions. Richard Asa reported in the Chicago Tribune on December 16, 2014 that “a 2013 University of Scranton study found that 8 percent of people achieve their New Year's goals. Part of the reason: Resolutions are often not accompanied by an achievable or realistic plan, says Carrie Krawiec, executive director of the Michigan Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and a practicing therapist at Birmingham Maple Clinic in Troy, Mich.” “When it comes to children, ‘parents can start by helping (them) set reasonable...
  • Gunning for God: Troy, N.Y. pastor to hold church raffle for AR-15-type rifle

    03/09/2014 5:04:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Thursday, March 6, 2014 9:27 PM | Glenn Bain and Rich Schapiro
    Praise the Lord—and pass the ammunition! An upstate pastor is planning to give away an unholy raffle prize at an upcoming service: an AR-15 assault rifle. “We’re honoring gun owners and hunters,” the Rev. John Koletas, pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Troy, told the Daily News. “And we’re being a blessing and a help to people who have been attacked, viciously attacked, by socialists and anti-Christian people—the politicians and the media.” […] “I think it’s sending the wrong message entirely,” said the Rev. Willie Bacote, a pastor of Missing Link AME Zion Church in Troy and a prominent anti-gun...
  • District's P.E. Teachers Average Tens of Thousands of Dollars More Than Math and Science Employees

    03/05/2013 12:27:58 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 27 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/2/2013 | Tom Gantert
    In the Wayne-Westland Community Schools, high school math teachers are the lowest paid as a group and make on average almost $25,000 less a year than the physical education teachers. The high school science teachers make $11,000 less than the district’s gym teachers on average. The salaries are set by a six-year teacher’s contract Wayne-Westland agreed to in 2008 and runs through 2014. The salary schedule determines pay solely by years of experience and education background. On average, physical education teachers were the highest paid group and made $78,675 a year. Teacher gross salaries can also include pay for extracurricular...
  • Incredible, Epic Genes: Dating The Iliad

    03/01/2013 8:36:12 AM PST · by STD · 1 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | 02/28/2013 | Noah Wiener
    Epic Genes: Dating The Iliad This 3-inch-high bronze statue from Crete, dating to the early seventh century B.C.E., depicts a young boy and a blind musician. According to ancient tradition, Homer was a blind poet. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Incredible, Epic Genes: Dating The Iliad

    03/01/2013 8:35:53 AM PST · by STD · 8 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | 02/28/2013 | Noah Wiener
    Epic Genes: Dating The Iliad This 3-inch-high bronze statue from Crete, dating to the early seventh century B.C.E., depicts a young boy and a blind musician. According to ancient tradition, Homer was a blind poet. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • La Bastida unearths 4,200-year-old fortification, unique in continental Europe

    10/06/2012 6:42:28 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Eurekalert! ^ | September 27, 2012 | Maria Jesus Delgado
    ...The discovery, together with all other discoveries made in recent years, reaffirm that the city was the most advanced settlement in Europe in political and military terms during the Bronze Age (ca. 4,200 years ago -2,200 BCE-), and is comparable only to the Minoan civilisation of Crete... The fortification consisted of a wall measuring two to three metres thick, built with large stones and lime mortar and supported by thick pyramid-based towers located at short distances of some four metres. The original height of the defensive wall was approximately 6 or 7 metres. Until now six towers have been discovered...
  • Amazon Warrior Women

    08/04/2004 8:51:53 PM PDT · by blam · 30 replies · 5,400+ views
    PBS ^ | Current | PBS
    Amazon Warrior WomenThis painting on a Greek vase depicts an Amazon woman warrior on horseback engaged in battle.Amazons in myth: History's first mention of a race of warrior women comes in Homer's ILIAD, an account of the Trojan War, probably written in the 8th to the 7th century B.C. Homer's Amazons, a race of fierce women who mated with vanquished male foes and kept only the female children they bore, were believed to occupy the area around the Black Sea. Amazon women also crop up in other Greek myths. One of the labors of Hercules, for example, required him to...
  • 5,000-year-old Venus figure found in Canakkale

    10/02/2009 8:11:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies · 1,344+ views
    Today's Zaman ^ | Friday, September 25, 2009 | unattributed
    A 5,000-year-old Venus figure and a seal have been found in an excavation. A 5,000-year-old Venus figure has been found as part of an excavation being carried out in Çanakkale's Ezine district. The excavation began in the field three weeks ago in cooperation with Germany's University of Tübingen. Assistant Professor Rüstem Aslan, who is vice head of the excavation, told the Anatolia news agency that the aim of the dig is to find settlements outside Troy from the Bronze Age. Some interesting findings have been unearthed during the excavation, Aslan said. "We found a 5,000-year-old Venus figure, which used to...
  • New York Democrats Shield Election-Rigging, Convicted Felon [mic cord pulled during public meeting]

    04/10/2012 2:38:46 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 2 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 10, 2012 | Rusty Weiss
    (...) Question by Premo: “And you said a few minutes ago that you realize you committed crimes in this case. Is that correct?” Answer by McGrath: “I have been told, yes.” This candid admission according to Gordon, "is in clear violation of the Troy City Charter due to his “disorderly conduct” as outlined in Article VII, subsection C-31." (...) Video of the incident can be seen below, with the relevant portion beginning at 28:33. As Gordon begins reading his letter, McGrath can be seen sitting to the left of the viewer's point of view, and is seen motioning to Kopka...
  • Effort to Recall Troy (MI) Mayor Moves Forward; Group Plans to Start Collecting Signatures

    03/02/2012 11:22:15 AM PST · by dynachrome · 16 replies ^ | 3-1-12 | TroyPatch
    Would you vote to recall Mayor Daniels? Yes No I'm not sure
  • Breaking: Witness Says Democrats Convinced Two Mentally Disabled Men to Sign Forged Ballots

    02/01/2012 1:19:37 PM PST · by rustyweiss74 · 18 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 02/01/12 | Rusty
    Is it possible that evidence against Democrats in Troy, New York,has finally hit rock bottom? When they weren't paying off college kids with their vote, they were apparently tricking mentally impaired voters into signing absentee ballots, telling them "the city made it easier to vote this year." A witness who testified in the upstate New York ballot fraud case explained that she would frequently visit two brothers, both of whom had 'mental disabilities'. Three men allegedly paid a visit to the family home of Michele Ziglitt one day. Two of the men were identified as Gary Galuski, and Anthony DeFiglio....
  • Breaking: Yet Another Witness Testifies to Being Paid For Their Forged Ballot

    01/27/2012 1:01:21 PM PST · by rustyweiss74 · 4 replies
    Mental Recession Blog ^ | 01/27/2012 | Rusty
    On Wednesday, the first witness called to testify in the upstate New York ballot fraud case, Jermaine Joseph, provided the expected testimony - ballots were filled out on his behalf, votes were cast across a straight Democrat party line, etc. But an interesting caveat was also revealed, something Joseph did not provide in his grand jury testimony - He claims he was paid for his troubles. According to his testimony, Joseph was handed $10 for grocery shopping. Today, another witness in the trial has given the same exact story. Donell Patterson claims that he was asked to sign an absentee...
  • Voter fraud 'a normal political tactic' in upstate NY city

    01/18/2012 6:53:21 AM PST · by DFG · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/17/12 | Eric Shawn
    Michael LoPorto arrived at the Rensselaer County Courthouse in Troy, N.Y. on Tuesday for his trial, which accuses him of being part of a “massive” voter fraud scheme. The former Democratic city councilman and popular local restaurant owner appeared jaunty and relaxed as he answered a series of questions from Fox News -- despite facing felony allegations that could send him to prison for seven years.
  • Michigan City Turns Down Millions of Dollars, Saying Federal Money Is Not Free

    12/23/2011 4:50:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/23/2011 | By JOHN SCHWARTZ
    Water flows uphill. A city turns down $8.5 million in federal grant money. In what could be a new high water mark of anti-Washington sentiment, the city of Troy, Mich., is rejecting a long-planned transportation center whose construction would have been fully financed with federal stimulus money. The terminal, which would help Troy become a transportation node on an upgraded Detroit-to-Chicago Amtrak line, was hailed by supporters as a way to create jobs and to spur economic development. But federal money is federal money, so with the urging of the new mayor, who helped found the local Tea Party chapter,...
  • Barack Obama, Troy Davis and Martin Luther King

    09/23/2011 1:24:15 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 4 replies
    For years we have been waiting to see the fruits of Barack Obama’s presidency, hoping this man was the embodiment of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s dream, that he would be a peacemaker, that he would show solidarity with the poor and persecuted - yet gradually we have come to see the Obama Tree as barren and useless. But lately the Obama Tree has burst forth with fruit, a fruit born of political expediency – and it is a strange and bitter crop: The legal lynching of Troy Davis Lack of moral courage and political expediency means Obama has...
  • DNA From Democrats: Troy Voter Fraud Case Goes to Lab

    10/22/2010 6:41:23 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 19 replies
    FoxNews ^ | October 21, 2010 | Eric Shawn
    There are various allegations of possible voter fraud across the country, against both parties, but nowhere does there seem to be a more unusual case than in Troy, New York. A special prosecutor investigating allegations of voter fraud, Trey Smith, is collecting DNA from the majority of the city council...all Democrats. Five city councilmen, including the council president, as well as four other city and county public officials and political operatives, have been ordered to or have had their saliva swabbed for DNA samples to compare to absentee ballots and absentee ballot applications that were allegedly forged. The investigation centers...
  • Project Troia -- Bronze Age Troy Just Keeps on Growing

    10/08/2010 6:04:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Heritage Key ^ | Monday, October 4, 2010 | Ann Wuyts
    German archaeologists have made new discoveries at modern day Hisarlik, northwest Turkey -- ancient Troy. The finds further confirm the area occupied during the Bronze Age was not limited to the citadel; Troy VI and VII were much larger than originally thought. The three year research project at Troy -- lead by Prof. Ernst Pernicka, from the University of Tubingen's Institute of Pre- and Early History -- sees scholars focus on the analysis and publication of materials found since the university started excavations at the site in 1988... smaller excavations... in combination with geophysical surveying and the drilling of test...
  • Could museum's gold be from ancient Troy?

    02/02/2010 8:50:18 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies · 461+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Sunday, January 31, 2010 | Tom Avril
    The scientist had traveled from Germany to examine the ancient items that lay before him on the University of Pennsylvania laboratory table, and he was dazzled. Earrings with cascades of golden leaves. Brooches adorned with tightly coiled spirals. A necklace strung with hundreds of gold ringlets and beads. The jewelry bore a striking resemblance to objects from one of the world's great collections - a controversial treasure unearthed long ago from the fabled city of Troy... The 24 pieces had been purchased from a Philadelphia antiquities dealer more than 40 years ago, and came with no documentation of their origin....
  • Culture of Corruption, Part Forty-Nine: Fraudulent Absentee Ballot Edition

    10/12/2009 12:40:21 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 8 replies · 867+ views
    National Review ^ | 10/12 03:22 PM | Jim Geraghty
    And now, we see, there are groups attempting to commit voter fraud through absentee ballots: A state Supreme Court justice invalidated 39 absentee ballots in question for the Working Families Party primary in Troy after a court hearing last month. County Legislature Majority Leader Robert Mirch of Troy, working with private investigators, obtained affidavits from voters who said they did not cast the absentee ballots and that the ballots were fraudulent. Trey Smith, a former assistant district attorney, has been named as a special prosecutor to investigate the allegations. City Democrats and Republicans have fought over the Working Families Party...
  • Massive Vote Fraud in New York Linked to ACORN

    09/29/2009 9:35:00 PM PDT · by pissant · 87 replies · 2,872+ views
    Big Government ^ | 9/29/09 | Mike Roman
    The Working Families Party and local Democratic Party Officials are at the center of a massive voter fraud scandal in Troy, NY. According to the Times Union: Dozens of forged and fraudulent absentee ballots from people registered to vote on the Working Families Party line were filed in the Sept. 15 primary elections in Troy. Documents at the county Board of Elections show the fraudulent ballots were handled by or prepared on behalf of various elected officials and leaders and operatives for the Democratic and Working Families parties. There may be as many as 50 absentee ballots that were forged,...
  • Video: Public Plan Will Kill Private Insurance

    07/17/2009 10:04:01 AM PDT · by Off the Page · 1 replies · 254+ views
    National Review ^ | offthepage
    How exactly would the public insurance plan put private insurers out of business? Former Deputy Secretary of HHS Tevi Troy tells Will Cain, and predicts the public plan won’t make it out of Congress. Link
  • Woman [Had] Sex with Debbie Stabenow's (D, MI) Husband for Money Gets Jail

    02/06/2009 2:23:54 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 63 replies · 2,581+ views
    WZZM TV 13 ^ | February 6, 2009 | Staff Writer
    In tears, the Westland woman accused of accepting money for sex from the husband of U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., began serving five days in jail today for violating the terms of her probation. The decision, said 52-4 District Judge William Bolle, effectively ends the case. It's been a long ride for the 21-year-old Alycia Martin, who is now eight months pregnant and engaged, said her pro bono attorney Frank Cusumano Jr. Martin, who dropped out of high school in the ninth grade and has been on her own since she was in her late teens, is working at a...
  • Cities suffering pain of loss (RC Diocese of Albany releases list of 33 parish closings)

    01/18/2009 4:19:43 AM PST · by NYer · 52 replies · 825+ views
    Times Union ^ | January 18, 2009 | Marc Parry
    ALBANY — Cities across the greater Capital Region will bear the brunt of a massive plan to close 33 worship sites throughout the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, Bishop Howard Hubbard announced Saturday. Troy will be ground zero in an unprecedented consolidation the 14-county diocese is undertaking to cope with shifting demographics and a shortage of priests. Hubbard, despite lobbying to change the outcome, decided to close six of the Collar City's dozen Catholic churches. That is more than any other city. And the list of soon-to-be-shuttered Troy churches includes St. Peter's, the state's third-oldest Catholic parish.Elsewhere, St. Teresa of...
  • Diocese will have details of closings next weekend

    01/11/2009 6:32:09 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 430+ views
    Times Union ^ | January 10, 2009 | MARC PARRY
    COHOES — Al Rigney knows the pain of closing a church. A decade ago, Rigney performed the grim ritual of boarding up the windows of St. Agnes, the big-steepled Cohoes landmark where he was confirmed and married. He gave up after a few. "I can't do any more," Rigney told a fellow window-boarder. "It hurts too much."The bundled-up 80-year-old spoke before the 12:10 p.m. Mass on Friday in a light wood pew at St. Bernard's, another historic treasure of this river city. It, too, may close in a new round of Albany Catholic Diocese parish consolidations that will be announced...
  • Diocese to close, merge worship sites (RC Diocese of Albany)

    01/08/2009 12:52:25 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies · 816+ views
    Times Union ^ | January 8, 2009 | MARC PARRY
    COLONIE-- Roughly 20 percent of worship sites in the 164-parish Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany will close or merge in an unprecedented restructuring plan expected to be released this month, Bishop Howard Hubbard said Wednesday. But Hubbard said his decisions will largely hew to the recommendations of 38 local planning groups from across the 14-county diocese. Those panels of lay Catholics and priests analyzed parish resources and made suggestions to Hubbard in June as to which churches should merge or close."There will be some surprises," Hubbard said. "There will be some places that were recommended for closure that won't close....
  • 'The Odyssey' and 'The Iliad' are giving up new secrets about the ancient world

    10/03/2008 11:34:06 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies · 1,342+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | September 28, 2008 | Jonathan Gottschall
    In his influential book, "Troy and Homer," German classicist Joachim Latacz argues that the identification of Hisarlik as the site of Homer's Troy is all but proven. Latacz's case is based not only on archeology, but also on fascinating reassessments of cuneiform tablets from the Hittite imperial archives. The tablets, which are dated to the period when the Late Bronze Age city at Hisarlik was destroyed, tell a story of a western people harassing a Hittite client state on the coast of Asia Minor. The Hittite name for the invading foreigners is very close to Homer's name for his Greeks...
  • Defences at Troy reveal larger town [ news finally reaches UK ]

    09/19/2008 7:36:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 183+ views
    Times o' London ^ | September 19, 2008 | Normand Hammond
    Ancient Troy was much bigger than previously thought, and may have housed as many as 10,000 people, new excavations have revealed. The lower town, in which most of the population would have lived, may have been as large as 40 hectares (100 acres), according to Professor Ernst Pernicka... Excavations by the late Manfred Korfmann showed that this Troy was just the citadel and that a much larger lower town lay south of it enclosed by a rock-cut ditch (The Times, February 25, 2002). Professor Pernicka's continuation of Korfmann's work has confirmed the substantial nature of this defensive work, which was...
  • Gorden named to I-69/TTC advisory committee

    04/01/2008 5:50:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies · 239+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | April 1, 2008 | Gary Willmon
    Lufkin Mayor Jack Gorden has been selected by the Texas Transportation Committee to serve on a citizens' advisory committee for putting together information regarding the proposed Interstate 69/Trans-Texas Corridor. According to Texas Department of Transportation officials, advisory committee members represent a cross-section of community and business leaders, landowners, local transportation experts and others. "Our goal is to enhance the public dialogue and meaningfully involve more Texans in transportation decisions," said Texas Transportation Commission Chair Hope Andrade. "These committees will have an important seat at the table as we work together to shape the future of transportation for our state." Gorden...
  • Troy Story [The Straight Dope]

    07/18/2007 11:14:32 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies · 671+ views
    Salt Lake City Weekly ^ | July 19, 2007 | Cecil Adams (The Straight Dope)
    Schliemann's identification of Troy with a place near Turkey's Aegean coast called Hisarlik is more certain than ever. He wasn't the first to make the connection, but his excavations in 1870 proved the Bronze Age city was prosperous enough to match Homer's description... Among the subdued lands, Hittite texts tell us, was a place called Wilusa. Since the 1920s, shortly after Hittite was deciphered, some have identified Wilusa with Troy (Ilios in Greek, possibly Wilios before Greek lost its W sound)... several Hittite texts... use the place-name "Ahhiyawa," currently thought to refer to one or more Greek-speaking kingdoms. Ahhiyawa is...
  • Muslims and mosques are putting down roots

    07/05/2007 2:43:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies · 923+ views
    Times Union ^ | July 5, 2007 | MARC PARRY
    TROY -- The mosque, a converted funeral home, is so small it can't accommodate worshipers for the best-attended prayers of the week. On Fridays, they pray in the basement of a nearby college athletic center instead. They also borrow space for marriage ceremonies. And interfaith meetings. And holidays."It's time the community gets its own place," said Abdulkadir Elmi, a trustee and ex-president of Troy's Masjid al-Hidaya.That should start to happen at the end of this month, with a groundbreaking expected for a proper mosque with a dome and two minarets on more than 12 acres in Latham.It's a small story...
  • Drill hole begins Homeric quest

    10/11/2006 9:53:43 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 409+ views
    BBC News ^ | Wednesday, 11 October 2006 | Jonathan Amos
    Most people think the modern-day Ionian island of Ithaki is the location. But geologists are this week sinking a test borehole on nearby Kefalonia in an attempt to test whether its western peninsula of Paliki is the real site. The scientists hope to find evidence that the peninsula once stood proud, separated from Kefalonia by a narrow, navigable marine channel. It is only within the last 2,500-3,000 years - and long after Homer's time - that the channel has been filled in, the team contends. "We can't prove the story of the Odyssey is true, but we can test whether...
  • Schliemann's search for the 'first city'

    09/30/2006 12:46:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies · 440+ views
    Athens News ^ | Friday, 22 September 2006 | Jonathan Carr
    In his new novel, 'The Fall of Troy', Peter Ackroyd recreates the19th-century excavation of one of antiquity's greatest sites which was led byan archaeologist whose methods have always provoked controversy.. Some details about Heinrich Schliemann's life are documented but not too much should be taken for granted about a man so adept at presenting grand conclusions based on dodgy evidence. The location of the Homeric Ithaca remains in dispute and what Schliemann did find on modern Ithaca was no palace; the treasure he unearthed at Troy has since been dated to more than a thousand years before Homer's Trojan war;...
  • Virgil's Demi-God City 'Found'

    04/07/2006 11:09:48 AM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 1,861+ views
    ANSA ^ | 4-6-2006
    Virgil's demi-god city 'found'Castor and Pollux fought Aeneas at Amyclae (ANSA) - Rome, April 6 - Italian archaeologists believe they have found an ancient city where the demi-gods Castor and Pollux fought Aeneas, the Trojan hero whose descendants founded Rome . Lorenzo and Stefania Quilici of Bologna and Naples universities claim the large, massive-walled settlement dating from the VI to III Century BCE was the city of Amyclae, believed by Renaissance scholars to be somewhere near Lake Fondi between Rome and Naples . "The road there is a perfectly preserved stretch of the ancient Via Appia," said Lorenzo Quilici ....
  • Recent Finds Prove That Homer's Stories Were More Than Myth

    02/24/2002 4:46:17 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 674+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 2-25-2002 | Norman Hammond
    February 25, 2002 Recent finds prove that Homer's stories were more than myth By Norman Hammond, Archaeology Correspondent A CYNICAL scholar once noted that the reason that academic disputes were so bitter was that the stakes were so small. In the real world maybe, but Troy has been a battleground for 3,000 years not because of mundane matters of funding and status but because of its grip on our imaginations. There may or may not have been a decade’s siege on the edge of the Dardanelles around 1100BC, pitting Late Mycenaean Greeks against their neighbours and possible distant kin: but ...
  • The tiniest human

    01/10/2004 3:35:12 AM PST · by · 67 replies · 1,545+ views
    The tiniest human This award winning photograph was taken by Robert Wolfe, Medical Photographer at the University of Minnesota. This tiny unborn child was yet alive at this moment, only 6-7 weeks after the first day of last menstrual period, a just removed tubal (ectopic) pregnancy. "Eleven years ago while administering an anesthetic for ruptured ectopic pregnacy (at two months gestation) I was handed what I believe was the smallest living human being ever seen. The embryo sac was intact and transparent. Within the sac was a tiny (approx. 1cm) human male swimming extremely vigorously in the amniotic fluid, while...
  • Palace Of Homer's Hero Rises Out Of Myths

    03/28/2006 10:59:23 AM PST · by blam · 40 replies · 1,291+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 3-28-2006 | John Carr
    Palace of Homer's hero rises out of the myths From John Carr in Athens ARCHAEOLOGISTS claim to have unearthed the remains of the 3,500-year-old palace of Ajax, the warrior-king who according to Homer’s Iliad was one of the most revered fighters in the Trojan War. Classicists hailed the discovery, made on a small Greek island, as evidence that the myths recounted by Homer in his epic poem were based on historical fact. The ruins include a large palace, measuring about 750sq m (8,000sq ft), and believed to have been at least four storeys high with more than thirty rooms. Yannos...
  • Mich. judge ridiculed on teens' Web site strikes back

    01/31/2006 2:23:59 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 121 replies · 3,341+ views ^ | 1 30 06 | associated press
    TROY, Mich. — A judge who sentenced three teenagers to probation for being drunk at their high school prom had them jailed after he saw them drinking and ridiculing him on a Web site one of them created. "I told them, 'If you think this gives me any pleasure, you're wrong,'" Oakland County District Judge Michael Martone said after sentencing the last of the girls, Amanda Senopole, to 10 days in jail last week. "You know, it's just a crying shame," Martone said. "I work my butt off trying to help kids like this, trying to figure out what works....
  • Helen Of Troy Existed?

    10/18/2005 11:08:43 AM PDT · by blam · 108 replies · 2,602+ views
    The Discovery Channel ^ | 10-18-2005 | Jennifer Viegas
    Helen of Troy Existed? By Jennifer Viegas, Discovery NewsWas a Queen of Sparta Helen of Troy? Oct. 17, 2005— Helen of Troy, described in the epic poem The Iliad, was based on a real woman, according to a new book that weaves history, archaeology and myth to recreate the famous ancient Greek beauty's life. According to the new theory proposed by Bettany Hughes, Helen's mythological character was inspired by a wealthy Bronze Age leader from the southern mainland of Greece. Hughes, a former Oxford University scholar who has conducted research in the Balkans, Greece, and Asia Minor, was unavailable for...
  • Archeologists make historic discovery (Tomb of Odysseus)

    09/23/2005 7:37:53 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 123 replies · 5,382+ views
    The Madera Tribune ^ | 8/27/05 | Thomas Elias
    POROS, Island of Kefalonia, Greece - The tomb of Odysseus has been found, and the location of his legendary capital city of Ithaca discovered here on this large island across a one-mile channel from the bone-dry islet that modern maps call Ithaca. This could be the most important archeological discovery of the last 40 years, a find that may eventually equal the German archeologist Heinrich Schliemann’s 19th Century dig at Troy. But the quirky people and politics involved in this achievement have delayed by several years the process of reporting the find to the world. Yet visitors to Kefalonia, an...
  • Bulgarian Archaeologists Uncover Treasure Of Thousands Of Golden Ornaments

    08/17/2005 4:37:50 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 959+ views
    Canadian Press ^ | 8-17-2005
    Bulgarian archeologists uncover treasure of thousands of golden ornaments Canadian Press Wednesday, August 17, 2005 SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) - Archeologists working a dig in central Bulgaria have unearthed some 15,000 miniature rings and other gold ornaments that date to the end of the third millennium BC - a find they say matches the famous treasure of Troy, scholars announced Wednesday. The 4,100- to 4,200-year-old golden ornaments have been gradually unearthed over the past year from an ancient tomb near the central village of Dabene, 120 kilometres east of the capital, Sofia, according to Prof. Vasil Nikolov, the consultant on the...
  • Unlocking the Power of Myth

    08/12/2005 8:50:43 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies · 523+ views
    Humanities, Volume 26/Number 3 ^ | May/June 2005 | Victor Wishna
    No one knows exactly why the Trojan War was waged, when it took place, or whether it took place at all. Excavations at the ancient site of Troy have unearthed no wreckage of a giant wooden horse, no statues of Helen, no physical evidence that a warrior named Achilles ever existed.
  • Kernave: Lithuania’s ‘Troy’ to celebrate UNESCO heritage site listing

    03/26/2005 5:12:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies · 524+ views
    Baltic Times ^ | 23.03.2005 | Darius James Ross
    VILNIUS - Few countries are so fortunate as to have an archaeological treasure trove preserving 10 millennia of human settlement. A discovery so impressive that it bears comparison to the Greek city of Troy, which had been consigned to myth until late nineteenth-century archaeologists dug up a hill in Turkey proving its existence, and showing that a stack of eight cities had been built on top. In the 1970s, Lithuanian archaeologists began following up rumours of a magnificent ancient city, stumbling across a site about 35 km from Vilnius unscathed by war and industrial development, which many now call Lithuania’s...