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Greece finds 'Neko', a noblewoman buried in her jewelry 1,800 years ago

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek archaeologists have discovered a virtually intact grave of an ancient noblewoman buried with her golden jewelry at a Roman burial monument in the island of Sikinos.<p>Her name, according to a burial inscription, was Neko - or Νεικώ using the Greek alphabet.<p>The box-shaped grave …

Archaeology

Sensational archaeological find is likely Germany's oldest library

Archeologists in Cologne are sure they have found what looks like the foundations of the oldest verifiable library in Germany. It was built by the …

Libraries

Ancient find may be earliest extract of epic Homer poem Odyssey

Archaeologists have unearthed an ancient tablet engraved with 13 verses of the Odyssey in the ancient city of Olympia, southern Greece, in what could be the earliest record of the epic poem, the Greek culture ministry said.<p>The clay slab is believed to date back to the 3rd century AD, during the …

Ancient History

Palace of Aigai, Biggest Building of Ancient Greece, Opens to Public (photos)

The archaeological site of the palace of Aigai, considered not only the biggest but, together with the Parthenon, the most significant building of …

Fatal flaw in quake theory: Science reveals what brought down Mycenaean palaces

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What would Aristotle do? How to live a modern life by ancient wisdom

<i>Nakul Krishna reviews Aristotle's Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life by Edith Hall (Bodley Head, £20)</i><p>A book that promises life-changing wisdom faces two problems. The first is a problem of style. How does one make the book sound right, when it is so easy to lapse into the sententious, the …

The Fog Of War: Euripides' Helen

Herodotus of Halicarnassus, more philosopher than historian, was up to some mischief when, at the beginning of his account of Egypt in Book II of the <i>Inquiries</i>, relates—and endorses—a variant of Homer’s telling of the primary cause behind the Trojan war. As Herodotus discloses, Homer knew the story …

Tut’s Mesopotamian Side

<b>Although the treasure</b> of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun’s grave, one of the most famous archaeological discoveries of all time, was found nearly …

Archaeologists Just Unearthed a Spectacularly Rare Temple in The Middle of The Desert

A hidden oasis.<p>As historical finds go, it ranks up at the more remarkable end of the scale – archaeologists working in Egypt have uncovered the …

Review of: Gilgamesh: A New English Version, by Stephen Mitchell

“The Oldest Story in the World” is the apt subtitle to the “Introduction” of <i>Gilgamesh: A New English Version</i>, Stephen Mitchell’s bold interpretation …

Achilles and the Apobates Race in Euripides’ Iphigeneia in Aulis

The Chorus<p>§1. In the parodos of Euripides’ <i>Iphigeneia in Aulis</i> the chorus of Chalcian women describe Achilles among a list of Greek heroes at Aulis …

Found: An Ancient Depiction of Egyptian Pharaoh Hatshepsut

A broken artifact sat in storage for over 20 years before an expert spotted the queen on it.<p>There were only a few female pharaohs who ruled ancient …

The Pythia

The imposing archaeological site of Delphi sits over 1800 feet up on the south-western spur of Mount Parnassus, about 6 miles inland from the …

Egyptian Funerary Mask

3D Image<p>by Geoffrey Marchal<br>published on 26 March 2018<p>Egyptian funerary mask, new empire, end of the 18th dynasty (circa 1330-1300 BCE), provenance …

Some new hypotheses on the problems of the Indo-Greek kingdoms

<i>Warning: See the definitions of Greco-Bactrian and Indo-Greek Kingdoms before reading this article, otherwise the following lines could give you</i> …

These GIFs are returning crumbled ancient ruins back to their former glory

When you go on holiday to countries like Egypt, Crypus or Greece, chances are that you want to take in a bit of local ancient history.<p>After all, …

The Spartan Education

According to the legend, the Spartan law was written by the great lawmaker (Greek : <i>νομοθέτης</i>, <i>nomothetis</i>) Lycurgus. Plutarch mentions that Lycurgus …

Who Was the Most Powerful Woman in Ancient History?

As the #MeToo movement takes center stage, we asked historians to look to the past for lessons from powerful women.<p>From politics to the Oscars, the #MeToo movement is spotlighting the nature of women’s relationship to power. Why are traditional positions of power still closed to so many? How do …

Royal Burial in Ancient Canaan May Shed New Light on Biblical City

An undisturbed elite tomb discovered in ancient Armageddon is replete with gold offerings—and the promise of unlocking secrets with DNA analysis.<p>The extraordinary discovery of a magnificent and untouched 3,600-year-old burial chamber in the ancient Canaanite city-state of Megiddo has stunned …

Quest for the Greatly Beloved Kiya: Her Mysterious Origins and Role in Court—Part I

Kiya, a secondary wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten is one of the most shadowy royals of the Amarna Period. Virtually nothing is known about her origin or …

The Myth of Sisyphus: Lessons in Absurdity

The legend of Sisyphus begins with a man who, if we are to believe Homer, was one of the wisest and most prudent of mortals. Nonetheless he would …

Stunning photos capture Egypt's ancient underworld

<b>(CNN) —</b> Since its discovery by Howard Carter in 1922, the golden, mummified King Tutankhamun has been at the heart of the world's fascination with ancient Egypt.<p>While many explorers and archaeologists have sought to understand King Tut, photographer Sandro Vannini is the man who, for the past two …

The Classics Scholar Redefining What Twitter Can Do

On March 8th, International Women’s Day, when McDonald’s flipped its arches and Vladimir Putin expressed “our enchantment” with women’s “beauty and tenderness,” Emily Wilson, the classics scholar and translator of Homer, spent part of the day on Twitter. In sentences whose measured clauses stood …

Did Archaeologists Just Prove the Existence of Prophet Isaiah?

A stunning article published Thursday announced that archaeologists have stumbled upon the first physical evidence of the existence of the prophet …

8 things you (probably) didn’t know about Tutankhamun

Tutankhamun ruled Egypt for approximately 10 years from around 1336-1327 BCE. In November 1922, Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon discovered …

Ancient History

Thucydides: Scientific Historian and Political Realist

<i>By Ben Potter</i>424 BC: Seven raging years after the start of the Peloponnesian War. Seven years of Greek on Greek, sword on sword, blood on blood. …

On Being a [Foreign] Woman in Classical Athens

It's International Women's Day and so I want to celebrate it by writing not about powerful women in antiquity, but about two not-so-powerful women …

Archaeologists in Egypt Discover 4,400-Year-Old Tomb

Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a 4,400-year-old tomb near Cairo that contains rare wall paintings and is believed to belong to a high-ranking Egyptian priestess, government officials said on Saturday.<p>The tomb is thought to be that of a priestess named Hetpet, Mostafa Waziri, the secretary …

Archaeology