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The Milky Way; two theories

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Since watching the launch and docking of the Dragon spacecraft, I’m in a space mood. So today, on our virtual journey, I’m going to take you to an unlikely place: we’re going to go out to space, gaze at the … Continue reading

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The Marble Walls of Sifnos

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Today, our virtual tour will take us to tiny Sifnos, another of the Cycladic islands. Despite its relatively small size, the island of Sifnos enjoyed great financial prosperity in the Archaic Period, especially during the 6th century BCE. Two ancient … Continue reading

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The Portara of Naxos

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Today, our virtual journey will take us to Naxos, the largest of the Cycladic islands. Endowed with more resources (such as arable land, emery and fine quality marble) than most of the others, the island flourished during the archaic period … Continue reading

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The Acropolis opens its gates again

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Today is a historic day: after two months of lockdown, Greek archaeological sites are open again. So, our virtual journey will take us to the Acropolis, on its first day after the lockdown.   In these two months, Greece managed … Continue reading

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A peaceful battlefield: the stadium of Olympia

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Today, our virtual journey will take us once again to the sanctuary of Zeus in Olympia, this time to see its stadium, where the famous Olympic Games were held. The English word “stadium” (plural stadiums or stadia) is Latin, derived … Continue reading

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Corinthian style: the truth

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Today, our virtual journey will take us back to Athens to explore the true roots of the “Corinthian” order. I’m putting the term in brackets, because Vitruvius may have said that the Corinthian order was invented in Corinth, but as … Continue reading

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This is the way …. to design helmets

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Everyone who knows me for more than 5 minutes knows I’m a huge Star Wars fan. I don’t know what gives me away; maybe it’s the nerdy t-shirts. So today, for our virtual journey, I’ll take you to a galaxy … Continue reading

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May 1st: celebrating nature

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Today, I’m not going to take you to any archaeological site. Instead, we’re going to Hymettus Mountain, very near Athens, to celebrate May 1st in a pre Covid-19 fashion. May first has been traditionally celebrated by going out in nature. … Continue reading

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Measure for Measure…

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Today, I think we should take a break from gallivanting around Greece on our digital journey, and have a break to play an easy game of arithmetic. Let us say that an ancient Greek athlete ran in all four of … Continue reading

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The Asklepeion of Athens

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I should have thought of it earlier. In fact it should have been one of the first stops of this “virtual journey in Greece,” if not the very first. Obviously, during a time of pandemic, it makes sense to visit … Continue reading