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  • In Athens, rare snow blankets Acropolis, halts vaccinations [Greece]

    02/16/2021 12:15:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 16, 2021 | Elena Becatoros and Derek Gatopoulos
    Heavy snowfall blanketed the Acropolis and other ancient monuments in Athens, caused power cuts and halted COVID-19 vaccinations in the Greek capital on Tuesday as the weather brought many services across the country to a standstill. Greek media reported that three deaths in separate parts of the country were linked with the bad weather. State ERT TV said two elderly men with breathing problems died after their mechanical respiratory aids stopped working due to power cuts, and a farmer on the island of Crete was found dead in a snow-covered area near his sheepfold. While western Europe got some respite...
  • The Parthenon by Any Other Name?

    08/03/2020 8:18:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | May/June 2020 | Jason Urbanus
    "I knew that scholars didn't really understand why it's called the Parthenon," says Utrecht University archaeologist Janric van Rookhuijzen, "so I started looking into a giant puzzle of ancient texts, inscriptions, and archaeological remains." His surprising, perhaps even heretical, theory suggests that "Parthenon" may not have originally referred to the structure we know today -- which is sometimes called the Great Temple of Athena -- but to part of an altogether different temple on the Acropolis. For van Rookhuijzen, the crux of the issue lies in the meaning of the Greek word parthenon -- "a room for virgins or unwed...
  • Ailing Athens (A tour through the Acropolis (or what's left of it))

    06/15/2012 4:26:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/15/2012 | Daniel Freedman
    Athens — “I’m very sorry sir, but I can confirm that your hotel in Athens no longer exists.” We were due to fly to Athens in a few hours, and the manager of our hotel on the Greek island of Santorini was apologetic. “It’s not uncommon these days,” he continued, shaking his head; “between high debts and the bleak economic future, many hotels are just shutting down. This is Greece today.”So it wasn’t an e-mail scam or a bad joke — my first guess on receiving an e-mail from Priceline informing us that our Athens hotel had “closed forever.” That seemingly...
  • Greece hopes to raise money by renting out Acropolis, Delphi

    01/18/2012 3:50:20 PM PST · by Daffynition · 16 replies
    NYDailyNews.com ^ | Jan 18, 2012 | Larry Mcshane
    Lights, camera, Acropolis! Officials in cash-strapped Greece approved a cheaper pricing plan meant to lure film crews and photographers to its historic attractions — including the home of the Parthenon. The Greek culture ministry slashed the cost of a one-day film shoot at the Acropolis by more than half, from more than $5,000 a day to about $2,050. The rate for photographers was cut by roughly one-third, from $385 a day to $256. The reduced rates come with a plan to speed up approval of the permits.
  • Ancient Greek sites could soon be available for rent (ACROPOLIS Available for Rent !)

    01/18/2012 7:02:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    AFP Via Google ^ | 01/18/2012
    ATHENS — Available for rent: The Acropolis. In a move bound to leave many Greeks and scholars aghast, Greece's culture ministry said Tuesday it will open up some of the debt-stricken country's most-cherished archaeological sites to advertising firms and other ventures. The ministry says the move is a common-sense way of helping "facilitate" access to the country's ancient Greek ruins, and money generated would fund the upkeep and monitoring of sites. The first site to be opened would be the Acropolis. Archaeologists, however, have for decades slammed such an initiative as sacrilege. The culture ministry said any renting of ancient...
  • Greek archaeologists discover long-lost marble friezes in Acropolis

    03/07/2011 6:14:41 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Monsters 'n' Critics ^ | Friday, March 4, 2011 | unattributed
    Greek archaeologists on Friday said they had discovered five long-lost friezes from the 2,500-year-old Parthenon in the walls of the ancient Acropolis. The friezes, which had been taken away to be used as building materials for the ancient Acropolis which at one point served as a fortress, were located along its southern walls by a weather balloon camera, officials at the Culture Ministry said. The fragments were detected by air during a vertical scan of the walls of the Acropolis by the Culture Ministry, where a total of 2,250 photographs were taken. The Parthenon has suffered extensive damage over the...
  • New Acropolis Museum highlights missing marbles (RETURN THEM NOW!)

    06/19/2009 11:14:41 AM PDT · by eleni121 · 96 replies · 3,091+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 6-19-09 | ELENA BECATOROS
    ATHENS, Greece – Greece opens its long-anticipated new Acropolis Museum Saturday, boosting its decades-old campaign for the return of 2,500-year-old sculptures removed from the ancient citadel by a 19th century British diplomat.
  • Stonehenge makes list in new seven wonders vote

    10/17/2006 12:19:29 PM PDT · by WinOne4TheGipper · 73 replies · 1,654+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | 10/17/2006 | N/A
    LONDON (Reuters) - Only one of the ancient wonders of the world still survives -- now history lovers are being invited to choose a new list of seven. Among 21 locations shortlisted for the worldwide vote is Stonehenge, the only British landmark selected. The 5,000-year-old stones on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire, will be up against sites including the Acropolis in Athens; the Statue of Liberty in New York; and the last remaining original wonder, the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo.