Category Archives: Ancient Greece

The Significance of Soil in Ancient Greek Architecture

A recent discovery may shed light on why the Ancient Greeks chose certain locations for building their temples.  In 2008, Professor Gregory J. Retallack from the University of Oregon at Eugene performed a study in which he analyzed samples of … Continue reading

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Garbage Burning Preserved Ancient Greek Tablet

A clay tablet with decipherable marks was discovered last summer. It has some archaeologists believing it to be the “oldest readable writing in Europe”.  It was found in what is now the village of Iklaina, where excavations have supplied evidence … Continue reading

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Revival of Classics in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

In April of 2007, Chris Lightfoot, along with three other curators, unveiled the new and improved exhibition of Greek and Roman art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Prior to the reconstruction of this permanent exhibition, the display collection had … Continue reading

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Rightful Ownership of the Elgin Marbles

The Elgin Marbles are a group of statues that were seized from the ruins of the Parthenon in the 19th century by the British Lord Elgin. At the time, he was the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire and claims … Continue reading

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Minneapolis museum will return looted ancient vase to Italy

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts recently announced it would return a vase to Italy “after determining that it matched a photo Italian police had seized in a crucial 1995 raid on the Swiss warehouse of Giacomo Medici, an antiquities dealer … Continue reading

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Digital Reconstruction of the Parthenon

A group of twelve dedicated researchers from the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies digitally reconstructed the Parthenon and published their work in 2004.  The process includes a laser-scanned model of the scene’s geometry, digital images of the Parthenon under several natural … Continue reading

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Ancient Greece and a Modern Day Crisis

Is is acceptable to sell  prized cultural relics that belong to a nation when the economy turns sour? This is the question that the popular columnist Lori Keza addressed in her column in the Greek daily paper “To Vima” on October 31, … Continue reading

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The Rosetta Stone: Where Does It Belong?

For most of us, we have heard of the Rosetta Stone through the language-learning software. However, the actual Egyptian antiquity, made in 196 BCE, is now making headlines for the question of its ownership. The Rosetta Stone was originally discovered … Continue reading

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