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Faces of an Emperor

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Nineteen hundred years ago, a young Roman aristocrat, Publius Aelius Hadrianus, became Emperor of the Roman Empire. Heir to Emperor Trajan, he assumed the official name Caesar Traianus Hadrianus Augustus and remained in power for the next 21 years, from … 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: 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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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: A statue in exile

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Two pictures showing the original and the cast of the same statue:     This post was inspired by the recent loan, by the British Museum, of this Parthenon sculpture to the Hermitage. While I am all for museums exchanging … 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

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The mystery of the missing inscription

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The riddle Sometime ago I had promised to solve the mystery of the cuttings on the eastern side of the Parthenon. Life intervened and delayed me for a while, but now I’m finally able to post the promised article. Let … Continue reading