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Hidden writing in ancient desert monastery manuscripts

<b>For a monk who lives in the Sinai desert in Egypt, in the world's oldest working monastery, Father Justin replies to emails very speedily.</b><p>It should come as no surprise: the Greek Orthodox monk is in charge of hauling the library at St Catherine's into the 21st Century.<p>This ancient collection of …

Archaeology

Macedonia changes its name to end bitter 27-year dispute with Greece

Greece and Macedonia reached an historic agreement on Tuesday to end a bitter 27-year name dispute that had kept the smaller and younger country out of international institutions such as Nato and the EU, the two countries' prime ministers announced.<p>Greece's Alexis Tsipras and Macedonia's Zoran Zaev …

Europe

Ancient Rome’s Collapse Is Written Into Arctic Ice

Scientists can finally track the civilization’s economic booms and recessions—thanks to the exhaust of its massive coin-making operation, preserved for centuries in Greenland’s ice sheet.<p>On March 15, some time ago, several dozen famous politicians—sturdy men, duly elected senators who claimed to …

Ancient History

Lost Art: Homer’s Troy and Priam’s Treasure

The great city of Troy, made famous by the ancient Greek poet Homer, was assumed to have been a real place much as Biblical stories have long been …

Beautiful chart shows how the English alphabet evolved

Matt Baker from UsefulCharts.com made a detailed poster and video of how the English alphabet evolved over the last 4,000 years, but his elegant and …

Trove of ancient 'freedom coins' unearthed in Jerusalem

A trove of bronze coins, the last remnants of an ancient Jewish revolt against the Roman Empire, have been discovered near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.<p>The coins were discovered by Hebrew University archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar during excavations below the Temple Mount’s southern Wall. The coins …

Archeologist Spends Over 35 Years Building Enormous Scale Model of Ancient Rome

Tucked in the residential Roman neighborhood of EUR, a sprawling 1:250 scale model displays the glory of ancient Rome. Known as the <i>Plastico di Roma Imperiale</i>, the plaster model was commissioned by Mussolini in 1933 and depicts Rome in the 4th century AD at the time of Constantine I. It now sits in …

When Rome Fell, the Chief Culprits Were Climate and Disease. Sound Familiar?

Pundits who blame 21st-century-style moral rot miss the big picture, a new book argues. Against plague and drought, the empire never stood a …

High-Powered X-Rays Reveal What’s Beneath 11th-Century Religious Text

When Ancient Egypt’s Library of Alexandria went up in flames, some of the world’s most important texts and accounts were permanently lost to history. …

How Illuminated Manuscripts Were Created During the Middle Ages

In an increasingly paperless world, it's easy to forget books were once precious objects that were works of art unto themselves. Long before the industrial printing press, hand-crafted manuscripts were painstakingly precise pieces of art that catered to an elite society where only a precious few …

Ancient History

The key to Leonardo da Vinci's genius is a practice that anyone can learn

In late 2017, <i>Salvator Mundi</i>, one of Leonardo da Vinci's paintings, sold for $450.3 million.<p>For a child born out of wedlock in the 15th century, that's quite an accomplishment. And yet, many would argue that this isn't even close to being his greatest contribution to humanity.<p>When the word</i> …

Remains of Roman aqueduct uncovered in Spain after Storm Emma

The remains of a Roman aqueduct dating back to the 1st century have been uncovered in the southern Spanish city of Cadiz in the wake of Storm Emma.<p>Hundreds of vehicles, yachts and seaside properties were damaged when the storm hit hard along the coast of southern Andalucia late last week, even …

Archaeology

Spy satellites are revealing Afghanistan’s lost empires

For archaeologists, Afghanistan is virtually off-limits for fieldwork, as Taliban forces battle the Kabul government in far-flung provinces and …

Oldest Mosaic at Roman Baths Found During Excavations

During excavations to prepare for the expansion of the area accessible to the public at the Roman baths in Bath, England, archeology volunteer Fiona …

Economic collapse: The real message of the fall of Troy

<b>The fall and sack of the city of Troy at the hands of an avenging Greek army is one that has been told for some 3,000 years, but contained within it are clues to a much wider global collapse - with lessons for our own 21st Century.</b><p>In 1300BC, at the height of the Bronze Age, the great powers of …

Leonardo Da Vinci's mysterious 'invisible' drawings on display for first time

To the untrained eye, they look like little more than blank, if rather old, sheets of paper.<p>In fact, Leonardo Da Vinci’s empty pages hold a secret few could imagine: more than a dozen studies of hands drawn in a metal substance turned to invisible ink over time.<p>The two pieces of paper, now known to …

Archaeologists found thousands of hidden structures in the Guatemalan jungle — and it could re-write human history

Using state-of-the-art laser technology, archaeologists uncovered over 60,000 previously unknown Maya structures deep in the Guatemalan jungle, including foundations for houses, military fortifications, and elevated causeways.<p>Archaeologists could barely contain their excitement about the …

When the Parthenon had dazzling colours

Ancient statues weren't white marble, but “a riot of colour and glitzy decoration." It shows that we've imagined the ancient world all wrong, writes Natalie Haynes.<p>When the Victorian painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema first showed his work, Phidias Showing the Frieze of the Parthenon to his Friends, …

Ancient History

Ancient Rome in 20 minutes - Ancient History Encyclopedia

Video<p>by <b>Arzamas</b><br>published on 15 January 2018<p>Caesar, The Colosseum, Republic, Nero, geese, plebeians, legions — everything that you once knew, but …

Ancient Rome

The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World by Catherine Nixey

“The theologian,” wrote Edward Gibbon in his classic <i>The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire</i><i>,</i> “may indulge the pleasing task of describing Religion as she descended from Heaven, arrayed in her native purity. A more melancholy duty is imposed on the historian. He must discover the …

Roman Empire

How Climate Change and Plague Helped Bring Down the Roman Empire

<i>This article was originally published at</i> Aeon <i>and has been republished under Creative Commons.</i><p>At some time or another, every historian of Rome has …

Virtual reality goggles unlock splendour of huge ancient Roman baths complex

They were ransacked by the Visigoths and looted by popes for the building of their basilicas, but the original splendour of the Roman Empire’s largest baths complex has been revealed once more thanks to virtual reality technology.<p>As of today, visitors to Rome will be able to use sophisticated …

Norwegian Vikings purchased silk from Persia - HeritageDaily - Heritage & Archaeology News

The Norwegian Vikings were more oriented towards the East than we have previously assumed, says Marianne Vedeler, Associate Professor at the Museum …

How did ancient Greek music sound?

<b>The music of ancient Greece, unheard for thousands of years, is being brought back to life by Armand D'Angour, a musician and tutor in classics at Oxford University. He describes what his research is discovering.</b><p>"Suppose that 2,500 years from now all that survived of the Beatles songs were a few of …

How many Greek legends were really true?

<b>The culture and legends of ancient Greece have a remarkably long legacy in the modern language of education, politics, philosophy, art and science. Classical references from thousands of years ago continue to appear. But what was the origin of some of these ideas?</b><p><b>1. Was there ever really a Trojan</b> …

Longship sheds light on Merseyside's Viking history

<b>It is a sight that would once have struck fear into the soul - a huge Viking warship looming on the horizon containing warriors hell bent on battle. And one has returned - to the docks of Merseyside.</b><p>The Viking invasions were more than 1,000 years ago, but a Norse longship reconstruction is helping …

Saving the Colosseum: Restoration work begins on Rome's crumbling ancient monument

In a famous prophesy a medieval monk known as Venerable Bede wrote that "Rome will exist as long as the Colosseum does; when the Colosseum falls so …

Italy

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<b>PARO, Bhutan–</b>It’s a steep climb to Taktsang, a monastery hugging the side of a rocky cliff 3,000 feet above the Paro valley in Bhutan. But the going …

Is This Alexander the Great’s Tomb—or His Wife’s?

Excavation of the 4th-century BC tomb near Amphipolis has so far yielded only sketchy evidence that the tomb is Alexander the Great’s. But it might …