The Parthenon was NOT destroyed by cannon fire

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The Parthenon was destroyed by a Venetian bomb, on the night between the 26th and 27th of September 1687 (for the background story see an older post). People often think that the bomb which blew up the Parthenon in 1687 was … Continue reading


The destruction of the Parthenon

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Over the next three days (October 11th-14th), visitors to Athens will enjoy several cultural events centred on the theme of fire. I decided to join in, by adding my own story of fire. This story took place more than three … Continue reading


The Olympic Flame ceremony (video)

The dress rehearsal of the ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics. Exactly the same as the official one, minus the VIPs.

No, this is not what the ceremony looked like in ancient times. It is just an idealised version of what ancient dances might have looked like, but with a few concessions to modern aesthetics (such as the tank tops of the male dancers) and morals (in antiquity the men would have danced naked).