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Swiss to return ancient octadrachm coin to Greece

The coin according to GcRap; The high-denomination octadrachm -- or eight-drachma -- coin was struck by a little-known Thracian ruler named Mosses around 480 B.C., the time of the second failed Persian invasion of Greece.Thessaloniki...Show More Summary

Discovery of an Ancient Greek Palace Reveals Fragments of a Lost Language

yesterdayArts : Hyperallergic

The Greek Ministry of Culture announced on August 25 that since 2009, archaeologists at a Mycenaean palace on Aghios Vassilios Hill on Greece's Sparta plain have unearthed numerous artifacts.

This Greek ruin might be from long-lost culture that inspired ‘The Odyssey’

2 days agoHealth : The Checkup

A site filled with cultic objects and clay tablets written in a forgotten script may be the long-lost palace of Mycenaean Sparta, one of the most famous civilizations of ancient Greece.The 10-room complex, called Ayios Vassileios, was...Show More Summary

Can a Singer Do Greek Politics Better?

It was a full moon night, with a light breeze to ward off the August heat at a stadium in the seaside town of Marathon, Greece, where in ancient times the soldier Pheidippides set off to Athens to deliver news of a military victory against...Show More Summary

Sunken City Found in Greece Dates Back to 3,000 Years B.C.

A submerged ancient city, found in Greece by an international team of archeologists, dates back to the 3rd millennium B.C.

How A Pregnant Woman's Love Of Dogs Led To Her Death By Parasites In Ancient Greece

Could a pregnant woman's love of dogs have caused her early death in ancient Greece? These archaeologist think they have evidence that it did.

Archaeologists unearth ancient Greek palace near Sparta

last weekNews : The Raw Story

Archaeologists in Greece have discovered the ruins of an ancient palace with important archaic inscriptions dating back to the Mycenaean Age, the culture ministry said Tuesday. The palace, likely built around the 17th-16th centuries BC, had around ten rooms and was discovered near Sparta in...

An Explanation of the Cinematic Technique of Breaking the Fourth Wall and a Look at Its History

last weekHumor / odd : Laughing Squid

A recent episode of the web series Now You See It provides an explanation for the cinematic technique of breaking the fourth wall as well as a look at its history, which goes all the way back to ancient Greece. The episode also gives examples of when the technique has been used well and when it […]

HARRY MOUNT’S ODYSSEY: ANCIENT GREECE IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ODYSSEUS

Originally posted on Classics for All Reviews:By Harry Mount Bloomsbury (2015) h/b 264pp £18.99 (ISBN 9781472904678) Despite the pretentious title, this book is both modest and entertaining, if a little self—indulgent. Mount is a journalist, writer (Amo, Amas, Amat and All That) and classical scholar in the British tradition—Westminster and Oxford—and the book records…

Greece Seeing Increase in Illegal Antiquities Sales and Looting of Ancient Sites

National Geographic Report: Greece Seeing Increase in Illegal Antiquities Sales and Looting of Ancient Sites:Recently police in Greece have noted a spike in a surprising kind of crime: People with no prior criminal record are looting Greek antiquities. Show More Summary

Strip or Retire: Why Every Man Should Have Skin in the Game

Over the entrance to a small paelstra –– a wrestling school — in ancient Greece was emblazoned this short phrase: Strip or Retire. During this period, men competed in sports and exercised in the nude. Thus the inscription served as a challenge to each man entering the gymnasium: come in, participate, and struggle — or […]

Metal Detecting Permits up in Greece

Nick Romeo reports for National Geographic that the economic downturn in Greece may be leading to a spike in looting of ancient sites. Apparently there has been an increase in the applications for permits to use metal detectors: As the Greek economic crisis has intensified over the past five years, police detectives with the Greek […]

The Looting of Antiquities Is Becoming a Major Problem In Greece 

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

We’ve heard report after report about ISIS looting and destroying ancient archaeological sites in Iraq and Syria. But across the Mediterranean, the looting of antiquities is also posing a problem in economically-strained Greece. Read more...

From Alphabet to Google

Google has picked "Alphabet" as the name for its new parent company: "‘Alphabet,’ From Ancient Greece to Google", by Ben Zimmer, in Word on the Street, Wall Street Journal (8/13/15) I think it's a brilliant choice, and our colleague Ben has done a good job of explaining why. [h.t. June Teufel Dreyer]

Subway Surfers rock up in Greece in latest update

The roving Subway Surfers team has landed in another iconic location in their latest update. In the latest version of the game the team has landed in Greece, with new mythical surfer friend, Nikos. Beautiful monuments and ancient cliffs serve as a backdrop to the tracks as you zip along on a new Thunderbolt board. […]

Actual Archaeologist Is Digging Through World of Warcraft, Skyrim

Archaeologist Andrew Reinhard has dug through humanity’s past among ancient ruins in Greece. These days, though, he digs a little closer to home. Read more...

'Alphabet,' From Ancient Greece to Google

By betting on “Alphabet” as the name for its new parent company, Google is relying on a word that has only existed in English for about five centuries, writes Ben Zimmer.

Rio 2016 confirms start date for Olympic Torch Relay

The torch will be lit in the Greek city of Olympia, the birthplace of the Ancient Olympic Games, on 21 April 2016 before being handed over to Rio 2016 organisers on 27 April after a tour around Greece. On 3 May, the Olympic Torch Relay...Show More Summary

A year on, no answers to ancient Greek tomb mystery

3 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

A year after being hailed as one of Greece’s greatest archaeological finds and a possible resting place of Alexander the Great, the largest tomb ever discovered in the country lies almost forgotten in the blazing summer sun. The buzz of cicadas and wasps gives no hint that Amphipolis, some 60...

Greece’s ancient sites are fascinating

Why I went: We wanted to explore some of the ancient sites of Greece and to visit a Greek island. Don’t miss: Visiting the ancient sites with a guide and exploring the alley streets of the Plaka in Athens. The island of Hydra is quaint...Show More Summary

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