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Dancing in Athens

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This is not just another viral videoclip; it was filmed by volunteers and shows people dancing in various corners of the world, in an endeavor to convey a message of love and brotherhood. Besides its positive message, there is another reason … Continue reading

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25+ centuries of history in one sweep of the eye

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Where can you find all the history of a city in a 180o panorama? Where can you see buildings spanning more than 25 centuries all within view of each other? Where can you find all that in the middle of … Continue reading

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Pnyx

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The Pnyx is a rocky hill to the west of the Acropolis. Both hills belong to the same group of rocky outcrops in the heart of modern Athens. Its fame is due to the fact that here was the place … Continue reading

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Justice League: The Parthenon paradox

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Those of you who have been following this blog for some time must have figured out a few things about me: First, I have a particular interest in the archaeology of Greece and Athens in particular (call it a professional … Continue reading

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How the Parthenon was blown up, in pictures

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On the night of September 26th to 27th, 1687, the mortars of the Venetian army shot the fateful bombs that blew up the Parthenon. 328 years ago today, the temple of Athena, which had withstood twenty centuries of earthquakes and … Continue reading

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FAQ: The strays of Greece

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Everywhere you go in Greece, you see dogs roaming about. They’re usually large, well fed and quite friendly. Some of them wear collars too. Are they strays? Well, sort of. They are the city’s stray pets. They seem to be kings of the city … Continue reading

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FAQ: Acropolis, Parthenon, what’s the difference?

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Okay, it may sound “elementary, dear Watson,” but not everyone was born with the innate knowledge of what either is. Many, especially the young, are not sure which is which. Others think the terms are interchangeable. Some ask, but most are too … Continue reading

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Photos of the week: from Middle Earth to Athens

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Who is that mysterious figure in grey driving a cart towards the Acropolis?   It’s none other than Gandalf the Grey himself, with a cartload of fireworks.   All that is part of the new Lego exhibit currently in the New … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

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A few days ago, the British Museum loaned one of the Parthenon Sculptures (aka the Elgin Marbles) to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.   . Much has been written (by myself too) about the legitimacy of loaning the item, … Continue reading

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Photos of the week: section of the Parthenon frieze

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Dear all, please forgive me for not posting for some time. With the tourist season now over, I once again have a little time in my hands and I promise to give this blog more of my attention. For starters, … Continue reading