[Greek odeion: ‘music-hall’]. Th…

[Greek odeion: ‘music-hall’]. The term perhaps originates with the Odeion built by Pericles at Athens in the 5th century BC and intended for musical and artistic performances of some kind.  Image: 

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens

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Greek Police Arrest Group Charged with Plunder…

Greek Police Arrest Group Charged with Plundering Ancient Shipwrecks | GreekReporter.com:

By Nick Kampouris

“Greek police announced on Monday that they have arrested three men on the island of Kythnos for allegedly plundering precious historical artifacts from ancient shipwrecks off the coast.”

“The police said that they have discovered approximately 25 ancient amphorae (pottery vases), dating from the 4th century BC up until the late Middle Ages, in the possession of the three men on Kythnos.”

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Safeguarding Greece’s antiquities from climate…

Safeguarding Greece’s antiquities from climate change, Sakis Ioannidis | Kathimerini:


“The Greek Culture Ministry is putting together an interdisciplinary committee of experts who will be responsible for drawing up a national action plan to tackle the impact of climate change on the country’s archaeological sites and historic monuments.”
“Climate change is fast emerging as a significant threat to the country’s historical and cultural heritage and one that has not been sufficiently addressed, according to Culture Minister Lina Mendoni.”
“It can have an adverse effect on monuments and archaeological sites, but also on museum exhibits if the proper measures are not taken. You cannot say that any are in imminent danger in Greece right now, but we really need to take measures to prevent this from happening,” Mendoni told Kathimerini.”

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The Rise and Fall of the Pet Bird | JSTOR Dail…

The Rise and Fall of the Pet Bird | JSTOR Daily:

By Matthew Wills  

“Who or what determines what a pet is? Historically, the answer to this question is obvious. Social norms determine what is a pet and what isn’t. And past societies have had a wider view of pet-keeping than we do now.”

“Teach a parrot to curse and it will curse continually, making night and day hideous with its imprecations” wrote Apuleius in the second century CE. He’s quoted in classicist Francis D. Lazenby’s survey of the range of pets kept in ancient Greece and Rome. Among these were parrots, ravens, pigeons, peacocks, doves, swans, magpies, hares, mice, weasels, fawns, goats, cicadas, and turtles. Then as now, there was love lost on the death of a pet. In the Hellenistic and Roman Empire eras, the animal epitaph—”full of exaggerated pathos”—became a thing:”

“Just as the change in tastes of the times saw an increased interest in children and slaves, so was it fashionable to posses favorite animals, and equally fashionable to compose epitaphs for pampered pets.”

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Greece to celebrate European Heritage Days wit…

Greece to celebrate European Heritage Days with free entry to archaeological museums and sites – Greek City Times:


“To help celebrate European Heritage Days 2019, archaeological sites and museums across Greece will be open to the public free of charge from September 27 to 29.”

“The Ministry for Culture announced that the annual event, held by the Council of Europe and the European Union, is designed to promote the continent’s diverse cultural heritage and encourages greater tolerance for other cultures across Europe.”

“The event gives visitors the opportunity to explore some of Greece’s best museums and archaeological sites free of charge, with the common theme throughout Europe for this year being “Arts and Entertainment”.”

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On This Day | 29 September

Coin of Darius the Great, c

520-505 BCE.

In 522 BCE, Darius I (the Great) of Persia killed the Magian usurper Gaumâta. This secured his position as ruler of the Persian Empire.

Die Seeschlacht bei Salamis

by Wilhelm von Kaulbach, 1868.

In 480 BCE at the Battle of Salamis, the Greek fleet under Themistocles defeated the Persian fleet of Xerxes I.

Denarius of Sextus Pompeius featuring his father, 40 BCE.

In 61 BCE, Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great) celebrated his third triumph following victories over the pirates and the end of the Mithridatic Wars. To add further celebrations, the triumph occurred on his 45th birthday.

10 Stunning Facts about the Archaeology and Hi…

10 Stunning Facts about the Archaeology and History of Bulgaria

A typical landscape from the mountainous parts of rural Bulgaria. Photo: IvayloSt, Pixabay

We at ArchaeologyinBulgaria.com have been on a mission for a while now to acquaint readers around the world the incredible archaeological, historical, and cultural heritage of Bulgaria (as well as other, global topics) in a journalistic fashion that is both easily accessible and in-depth. (more…)

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The discovery of the ancient Greek city of Ten…

The discovery of the ancient Greek city of Tenea:

It was a baking hot summer’s day and I was in a car driving through the dramatic hills and lush vegetation of the Peloponnese in Greece. “Look at this whole plain,” my driver, Eleni Korka, said, gesturing out the window. To our left was a huge, flat area, covered in olive trees and scrub bushes. Where it ended, the earth transformed sharply into forested mountains.

“The city of Tenea covered this whole place,” she told me. “It’s above sea level and there’s a cool breeze, so the summer palace would probably have been built here.” She pointed to a traditional restaurant tucked under a distinctive, almost square-shaped hill. “And this taverna is built under a watermill,” she said.

Korka is one of the country’s top archaeologists. A Greek American, she recently made the biggest discovery of her 40-year career. The lost city of Tenea, which is mentioned in multiple Greek myths and historical texts, such as the ancient legend of Oedipus, the mythical king of Thebes who unwittingly killed his father and married his mother, was uncovered by her and her team last October, buried under the fields we’re now driving past.

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Classical-era Shipwreck off Greek Island of Al…

Classical-era Shipwreck off Greek Island of Alonnisos Accessible to Visitors Next Summer | GreekReporter.com:

One of the oldest shipwrecks in the world, the Classical-era shipwreck at Peristera, off Alonnisos island, will start to operate as a museum in the summer of 2020.

The pledge was made on Thursday by Regional Governor of Thessaly, Kostas Agorastos, and the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities Director, Pari Kalamara.

The two officials spoke at the inauguration of the Citizens Information Center on Ancient Submerged Shipwrecks established by the region of Thessaly, at a former primary school building on the island of Alonnisos.

This is an innovative, modern and unique for Greece exhibition center that combines virtual reality displays and digital technologies with traditional museum practices and brings the magic of the deep to visitors by offering them a unique diving experience.

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