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Earthquake faults may have played key role in Ancient Greek sanctuaries

The Ancient Greeks may have built sacred or treasured sites deliberately on land previously affected by earthquake activity, according to a new study by the University of Plymouth. Professor of Geoscience Communication Iain Stewart MBE, Director of the University’s Sustainable Earth Institute, has presented several BBC documentaries about the power …

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Impressive Mycenaean chamber tomb from 14c BC discovered in Orchomenos

A chamber tomb of significant archaeological importance has been discovered in Orchomenos, Viotia, Greece’s Ministry of Culture & Sports announced on Monday. Describing the discovery as  “one of the largest Mycenaean carved chamber tombs ever found in Greece,”  a Ministry statement said that the construction of the chamber tomb dates …

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Expressing Emotions: The wonderful world of Ancient Greece

A grieving father from Ancient Greece. He grieves eternally about the loss of his daughter and his grand child. A funerary stele from the 3rd century AD with an epigram for Zoe, daughter of Peneios. The grief of a father expressed in twenty lines. The text informs the antique and …

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Samos: Eupalinos Tunnel, the Masterpiece of Ancient Engineering, opens to public

One of the greatest engineering achievements of ancient times, a Greek wonder on the island of Samos, the 6th century BC Eupalinos Tunnel re-opened to the public this week following extensive restoration works. The 1,036m tunnel or Eupalinian aqueduct was excavated more than 2,500 years ago from both ends using …

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Martis: The red and white bracelet to welcome spring

Childhood memories revived when I watched short live stream from Serres in Northern Greece this morning. Children in traditional dresses with a red pom pom on white headscarf were singing the Spring Carols. On their wrists all children wore Martis, the bracelet made of red and white string. The name …

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Thessaloniki: Metro works uncover rare 6th century marble square

Construction works for the metro in Thessaloniki, Northern Greece, have uncovered an important archaeological find: a rare 6th century marble plaza. The large square paved with marbles from the Byzantine period was discovered near the <Agia Sofia> station in the center of the city. The square has an oval shape …

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Did Ancient Greeks build China’s famous Terracotta Warriors?

China and the West were in contact more than 1,500 years before European explorer Marco Polo arrived in China, new archaeological finds suggest. And even more impressive  The famous Chinese Terracotta Warriors may have come from Ancient Greece! Archaeologists say inspiration for the Terracotta Warriors, found at the Tomb of …

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Greek FinMin demands property tax from ancient Olympic Stadium

We have said many times that Greek Finance Ministry taxes everything that stands, walks, flies or crawls. And here comes the news to confirm what it seemed to be an assumption and a joke. The Finance Ministry sent a property tax notice to Greek Olympic Committee (NOC) demanding 4.5 million …

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University of Chicago seeks to decipher margin notes in Homer’s “Odyssey”

Are you good in deciphering …handwritten notes? University of Chicago wants to solve the mystery of handwritten notes in an 1504 edition of Homer’s “Odyssey”.  An unidentified  donor offers 1,000$ to anyone who can decipher the handwritten notes that are allegedly in French. Option is not excluded that the notes …

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Alexander the Great killed by toxic bacteria?

Can a real person die of a mythical cause? Can real Alexander the Great have died of toxic bacteria suspected in the mythical river Stynx, as scolars will try to prove? Alexander the Great was a real person of flesh and bones. He was proclaimed a king at the age of …

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