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Scientists Closer to Solving
Mysteries of Ancient Computer
Mar 12, 2021 4:35 PM CST
Scientists Closer to Solving Mysteries of Ancient Computer
Antikythera mechanism dates back 2K years, turned up in a shipwreck
- Scientists say they've taken a huge step toward understanding how a remarkable device often referred to as the world's oldest computer actually worked. The 2,000-year-old "Antikythera mechanism" was a complex astronomical calculator used by the ancient Greeks, per the
. But exactly how it would have...
'Incredible Find': World's
Oldest Intact Shipwreck
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Oct 27, 2018 7:30 AM CDT
'Incredible Find': World's Oldest Intact Shipwreck
Likely a Greek trading vessel, it dates to 500 BC
- "A ship surviving intact from the classical world, lying in over [a mile] of water, is something I would never have believed possible." Thankfully, lead investigator Jon Adams' expectations for a mapping project of the Black Sea have been upended along with our understanding of ancient shipbuilding and...
Tiny Stone Holds
Ancient Greek Art
In Case You Missed It
Nov 11, 2017 12:55 PM CST
Tiny Stone Holds Unparalleled Ancient Greek Art
'It's brought some people to tears'
- The director of the British School at Athens tells the
New York Times
it's "a masterpiece of miniature art." The woman who discovered it had an even more profound reaction. "Looking at the image for the first time was a very moving experience," Shari Stocker...
Bones May Belong to
Teen Sacrificed to Zeus
Aug 12, 2016 6:47 PM CDT
Bones May Belong to Teen Sacrificed to Zeus
Giving credence to legends of human sacrifices in ancient Greece
- An ancient legend tells of a man sneaking a human boy into an animal sacrifice to Zeus on Greece's Mount Lykaion and being turned into a wolf as punishment, the
reports. But despite Plato and others writing about ongoing human sacrifices, archaeologists have never been able to...
May 26, 2016 3:04 PM CDT
Aristotle's Lost Tomb May Have Finally Been Discovered
The philosopher died 2.4K years ago, but no one knew where he was buried
- Nearly 2,400 years after his death, archaeologists believe they've finally found the tomb of Aristotle. Researchers made the discovery during a 20-year dig in the ancient Greek city of Stagira, reports Atlas Obscura . Aristotle was born there in 384 BC, but he died in a different city, Chalcis,...
Tablets in Ancient Grave
Placed an Odd Curse
Apr 4, 2016 4:26 PM CDT
Tablets in Ancient Grave Placed an Odd Curse
Greek curse-writer targeted owners of taverns
- Talk about holding a grudge. Five lead tablets buried in the grave of a young Greek woman about 2,400 years ago bear curses against four tavern-keepers in Athens, LiveScience reports. Apparently, burying the tablets was thought to put the curses closer to gods who could fulfill them. "Cast...
This Stone May Be
Key to Mysterious
Mar 31, 2016 6:34 PM CDT
This Stone May Be Key to Mysterious Yet Influential Ancient Culture
Little survives of the Etruscans, who helped shape ancient Rome and Greece
- The Etruscans, a massively influential culture admired by both ancient Greeks and Romans, are largely a mystery to us today because much of their writing has perished, Ars Technica reports. That may change with a 500-pound slab of sandstone containing 70 letters and punctuation marks from the Etruscan language discovered...
Capital of the World'
Oct 29, 2015 4:51 PM CDT
Expedition Finds 'Ancient Shipwreck Capital of the World'
Archaeologists find 22 shipwrecks in less than two weeks
- Teams from Greece and the US have made one of the biggest archaeological finds of the year, Discovery reports. While exploring Greece's Fourni archipelago, the Greek Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities and RPM Nautical Foundation stumbled across what
describes as an "artifact jackpot" and what Discovery says could...
Inside the Mystery of
Alexander the Great's Dad
Jul 21, 2015 2:34 PM CDT
Inside the Mystery of Alexander the Great's Dad
New study claims his dad wasn't buried where researchers thought
- The bad news: The ancient tomb at Vergina believed to house Alexander the Great's father may in fact be the final resting place of someone else. The good news: King Philip II's tomb is just a few doors down, according to a new study—though not everyone is...
Fear of Zombies Stretches Back to Ancient Greece
Jun 23, 2015 7:44 AM CDT
Fear of Zombies Stretches Back to Ancient Greece
In some cases, stones were placed on dead to keep them from roaming
- The walking dead roamed ancient imaginations long before they found their way to your television , and the concept was far less fringe in ancient times. So say researchers inspecting 2,905 burials at the Greek colony of Kamarina in southeastern Sicily. Writing in the journal
, University of Pittsburgh...
Jan 14, 2015 6:38 PM CST
Ancient Greek Drinking Game Is Reborn
Kottabos involves hurling your wine at a target
- What better place to re-create an ancient drinking game than a college campus? A teacher at West Chester University in Pennsylvania and her students kept up an ancient Greek tradition by playing kottabos, a game that involves hurling one's wine from a glass onto a target at the center...
Jan 11, 2015 1:38 PM CST
Homer Wasn't 'a Person': Historian
Iliad , Odyssey were works of a culture, not a man: Adam Nicolson
- When we think of
, we shouldn't give credit to a single man, says a historian: "It's a mistake to think of Homer as a person," historian Adam Nicolson tells
. "Homer is an 'it.' A tradition. An...
Gives Up More Secrets
Nov 28, 2014 7:41 AM CST
Antikythera Mechanism Gives Up More Secrets
Device even more ancient than thought, experts say
- The incredible Antikythera Mechanism , an astronomical calculator unlike anything else that appeared for the next 1,000 years, is a "device out of time," experts say—and they now have a better idea what time it is out of. The mechanism, which was apparently able to accurately predict...
Great's Dad in
Oct 12, 2014 5:45 PM CDT
New Evidence: Alexander the Great's Dad in Greek Tomb
Remains belong to Macedonian King Philip II, archaeologist says
- Remains found in an ancient tomb at Vergina nearly 40 years ago belong to none other than Alexander the Great's father, Greek researchers say. Their evidence: The bones and cremated remains show signs of violence that jibe with the life of Macedonian King Philip II, a warrior who lost...
Biggest Ancient Tomb
Aug 13, 2014 12:59 AM CDT
Greeks Unearth Biggest Ancient Tomb
Amphipolis site dates to time of Alexander the Great
- Archaeologists in Greece are nearly ready to enter what they say is the biggest ancient tomb ever unearthed in the country. The tomb at the ancient site of Amphipolis in the Macedonia region, around 65 miles northeast of Thessaloniki, dates from around 300 BC—the time of Alexander the Great,...
Found in Greece
Jul 7, 2014 4:03 AM CDT
Oldest Known Erotic 'Graffiti' Found in Greece
Phalluses, sexual boasting dating back to 5th century BC leave little to the imagination
- Think phallic graffiti art exclusively belongs to the baseless present? Think again. An archaeologist has uncovered what the
touts as the earliest erotic graffiti on the planet, found in Greece—and predating, in one case, even Athens' Acropolis . Since 2011 , Dr. Andreas Vlachopoulos has been directing fieldwork on the...
Poseidon's Ancient Wrath?
Probably a Tsunami
Apr 20, 2012 1:06 PM CDT
Poseidon's Ancient Wrath? Probably a Tsunami
Mythical event confirmed by modern seismologists
- Herodotus tells it this way: As the Persians were charging toward a Greek town, the sea receded, and then mighty Poseidon sent a crushing wave down upon them, a "great flood-tide of the sea, higher than ever before." Now, modern scientists have found evidence that it actually happened,...
Armed Robbers Loot
Greek Olympic Museum
Feb 17, 2012 2:41 AM CST
Armed Robbers Loot Greek Olympic Museum
Priceless artifacts from ancient Games stolen
- As if Greece didn't have enough problems: A pair of armed robbers have stolen dozens of artifacts from a museum located at the birthplace of the Olympic Games, the BBC reports. The stolen items, mostly bronze and clay statuettes, were of "incalculable" value, officials say. Police say the...
Got Ulysses' Palace
ERGO, 'ODYSSEY' NONFICTION?
Aug 25, 2010 9:46 AM CDT
Scientists: We've Got Ulysses' Palace
Greeks claim to have found legendary king's home
- The legendary Greek king Odysseus—known as Ulysses to the Romans—really existed, according to archeologists who say they've found his palace on the island of Ithaca in the Ionian Sea. The three-story, 8th-century BC structure the team has unearthed comes from the right era and "fits like a...
Jul 7, 2010 4:50 AM CDT
Secret Musical Message Found in Plato
Philosopher was closet supporter of Pythagoras
- Plato embedded in his writings secret messages that would have earned him execution for heresy, says a scholar who claims to have found a hidden code in the original scroll form of the ancient Greek philosopher's writings. Exactly once every 12 lines Plato refers to music—a message, says scholar...
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