An extended feature on Messene, the best preserved city in the southern Peloponnese
Category: Issue 33
In the 8th century BC, the Spartans subjugated their Peloponnesian neighbours, the Messenians. When eventually Sparta was conquered, the Messenians founded a new city at Messene, which flourished in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Now, a major restoration project has made it one of Greece’s best preserved ancient cities, far triumphing over Sparta’s paltry remains. Revenge is sweet! But what exactly remains to be seen at this gem of a city? The current issue opens with a feature uncovering the wonders of Messene.
Thereafter, we go beneath the seas. In 1694, HMS Sussex was lost in the Straits of Gibraltar. Various reports have estimated that
In 1694, HMS Sussex was lost in the Straits of Gibraltar, buried deep beneath the sea
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The adoption of green beads used for jewllery coincides with the adoption of agriculture
News Extra from Brian Fagan
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Richard Hodges gets gourmand in Spello, Italy
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