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New light on the nature of Zeus

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A new reading of a Greek inscription in the sanctuary of Olympia, home of the ancient Olympic Games, sheds new light on the character of the most powerful and most revered god of the Ancient Greeks. The inscription is engraved … Continue reading

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The Tholos of Delphi

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The most iconic monument of Delfi is –unexpectedly– not the temple of Apollo where the famous oracle was. It is the Tholos in the sanctuary of Athena Pronaia, situated at the east end of the ancient city of Delphi; this … Continue reading

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For want of some water…

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By the time the Greek War of Independence broke out, in 1821, the Acropolis had become one of the most heavily fortified castles in Greece. Three of its slopes were so steep that an attack there was impossible. The only … Continue reading

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The Tholos of Epidaurus

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When describing the Sanctuary of Asclepius in Epidaurus, the ancient author Pausanias, mentions a round building near the temple of Asclepius, which he calls Tholos (i.e. round building) but fails to mention its use. Nevertheless he believes it is worth … Continue reading

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A paradigm of capitals

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Continuing our virtual journey in Greece, we remain in the Peloponnese, to visit the sanctuary of Epidaurus, dedicated to Asclepius, the healing god. In the 4th century BCE, the sanctuary and the city of Epidaurus embarked upon a construction programme … Continue reading

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An architectural myth

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According to Vitruvius, a Roman architect and architecture historian, what we know as the “Corinthian order” was the invention of a Greek architect called Callimachus. According to Vitruvius, after the death of a young girl in Corinth, her nurse gathered … Continue reading

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Columns of the temple of Zeus

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Today I’m going to show you another monument from an unusual angle: the colossal columns of the temple of Olympian Zeus (17.25m / 56.6 ft), normally tower above trees and buildings. In this picture two of them seem lost among … Continue reading

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The temple of Nike

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Right next to the Propylaia (the gate to the Acropolis), stands the tiny temple of Athena Nike (Victory), built between 432-424 BCE. An inscription informs us that the building was designed by Callicrates, one of Parthenon’s architects. The temple was … Continue reading

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The theatre of Dionysus in the spring

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In our digital journey there are no constraints of time or distance; we’ll simply go where free association will take us. Our first stop will be the Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus, on the south slope of the Acropolis of Athens. … Continue reading

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A gate to Greece

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Dear friends, Due to the coronavirus pandemic, tours and trips are being cancelled and plans dashed. Amid the doom and gloom, Museums and sites will remain closed in Greece until the end of March and maybe even longer. For those … Continue reading