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Herc-Fu or how Hercules beat the Nemean Lion – a novelization based on Greek Mythology

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Those who know me, know that I love telling stories. So today, on our virtual journey, I’m going to take you to Thebes, birthplace of Heracles (better known as Hercules). Taking my cue from one of the exhibits in the … Continue reading

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The excavation of Sikyon

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I’m sorry I’ve disappeared for a month or so. For those of you wondering where I’ve been, I’ll admit that I’m very busy, because I’m here:   I’m taking part in the study of the finds of the excavation of … Continue reading

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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