Greece

Review: The Elgin Marbles

Visitors to Athens tend to spend most of their time pursuing the remains of the great Classical city. They will probably note with horror the monstrosities of the modern city and they may possibly, if they are lucky, come across the fascinating remains of medieval and early modern Athens. After the Classical era, Athens had […]

Review: The Tomb of Agamemnon

In the 1870s, the German grocer Heinrich Schliemann decided to devote the wealth he had accumulated in grocery to go and dig up first Troy and then Mycenae. In Mycenae he struck gold – literally. In 1876, just inside the Lion Gate, he excavated a circle of stone slabs which contained five shaft graves and […]

Persian Fire

A global superpower attacks a small ‘rogue state’. The superpower – arrogant, self-righteous, supremely confident – swaggers in. It is bound to win. It always does. Its military doctrine is based on ‘overwhelming force and mastery of data’. But – incredibly, against the odds, against reason – the ‘terrorists’ fight back. And the resistance, bitter […]

Kephallonia

Kephallonia

Richard Hodges investigates the village of Fiskado and finds one of the greatest surviving Norman abbeys in Greece

Athens Goes Underground

In preparation for this summer’s Olympic Games, Athens’s metro was greatly extended. From

Paros, Greece

The examination of two large cists reveals evidence of a massacre of the warriors of Pharos

Naxos, Greece

A travelogue visit to two newly restored temples, at Sangri and Irea. Plus a look at the underground museum in Naxos Town

Naxos Recognised

On Friday 4 June 2004, The European Union and Europa Nostra – the pan-European federation for heritage -announced the winners of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards 2003 at a European Awards Ceremony at the Allerheiligen Hofkirche in Munich. Europa Nostra’s President, HRH the Prince Consort of Denmark, and Mr Harald Hartung, […]

Ancient Olympics

The Ancient Olympics Nigel Spivey, OUP £16.99 In the Greek hoplite army, every citizen was expected to be a soldier; your national service lasted for life and thus it became your civic duty to keep fit. From this sprang the Greek obsession with the body beautiful. There was no point in having a beautiful mind […]

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