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Roman Open Air Museum Hechingen-Stein - The Guided Tour

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A reconstructed Roman villa rustica from the 1st to the 3rd century A.D. Description of the site, walking tour and panoramic views.

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25 Most Intense Greek Statues

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1Trojan Horse 

Made of bonded marble and coated with a special archaic bronze patina, the Trojan Horse is an Ancient Greek sculpture that was built between 470 BC and 460 BC to represent the Trojan Horse in Homer’s Iliad. The original masterpiece survived the devastation of the Ancient Greece and is currently displayed at the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, Greece.


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UNESCO’s World Heritage List Includes 17 Greek Monuments

UNESCO’s World Heritage List Includes 17 Greek Monuments | Ancient Greek and Roman History | Scoop.it
UNESCO's latest update of the World Heritage List refers to 981 properties... 17 of those properties are Greek.

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abigail's curator insight, November 16, 2013 2:53 AM

17 of the world heritage monuments dedicated to represent a lost or present civilization are from ancient greece. with this we understand that the Greeks were very handy at what they dedicated themselves to do..all their money spent on building monuments and temples wasn't in vain for they have earned the western civilizations admiration in many ways they have influenced us especially through their classical period from their art, government, writing, plays, and trading, to be simple.

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House of the Vestals - AD79eruption

House of the Vestals - AD79eruption | Ancient Greek and Roman History | Scoop.it
Pompeii, Herculaneum, Stabiae, Oplontis and Boscoreale were lost to the world in late August AD79 to lie hidden for almost 1800 years, a time capsule of Roman life in the first century AD.

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Le Marche | Before The Romans

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There's a legend that tells of the time - before 300 BC - when the Picentini people, nomadic shepherds, left the country of the Sabines and travelled north to settle in the country they would call Picenum. The legend has it that they were guided by a woodpecker to the wedge of land between two rivers on which they founded a city - today known as Ascoli Piceno. The Latin word "woodpecker" was "picus" -- and thus the name.
Who were these people?
Before the Romanisation of the peninsular, Italy was populated by many different tribes -- those most remembered include the Etruscans (in modern-day Tuscany), the war-like Sabines, a variety of Greek colonies, and the Picenes.
Perhaps the most obvious reminder of the Picenes today is the second city of the province of Le Marche, which is called Ascoli Piceno. In Ascoli Piceno, in addition to some lovely piazzas, lots of travertine marble, a big duomo and plenty of anisette liqueur, there is a Museo Archeologico with a small but well-curated display of finds from graves and diggings from Picene times.
My 'Rough Guide To Italy' guide book summarises the Piceni tribes:
...the relics of their civilisation suggest that they were a pretty emotional and impetuous lot: writing curses on missiles, gauging grief by measuring the volume of tears, a losing a critical battle against the Romans when they interpreted an earthquake as a sign of divine wrath and abandoned the fight...


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Downfall of Ancient Greece Caused by 300-Year Drought - The Weather Channel

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Downfall of Ancient Greece Caused by 300-Year Drought
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A sharp drop in rainfall may have led to the collapse of several eastern Mediterranean civilizations, including ancient Greece, around 3,200 years ago.
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Horse Sculpture from Ancient Greece, Bronze Greek Sculpture , metal

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Bronze Sculpture , Horse Sculpture from Ancient Greece, Greek Sculpture , Hand Made sculpture Solid Cast Bronze horse influenced by (Horse Sculpture from Ancient Greece, Bronze Greek Sculpture , metal http://t.co/wEG3mUVeGJ...
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Pompeii the Exhibit: Life and Death in the Shadow of Vesuvius

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Witness the life and death of those frozen in time by ash - including ... representation starting from the moment of Vesuvius' massive explosion


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Keith Mielke's curator insight, February 14, 2014 2:14 PM

Pompeii is one of the most famous cities in the world due to its tragic fiery end. People were literally frozen in their footsteps encrusted in a molten shell.

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UNESCO’s World Heritage List Includes 17 Greek Monuments

UNESCO’s World Heritage List Includes 17 Greek Monuments | Ancient Greek and Roman History | Scoop.it
UNESCO's latest update of the World Heritage List refers to 981 properties... 17 of those properties are Greek.

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abigail's curator insight, November 16, 2013 2:53 AM

17 of the world heritage monuments dedicated to represent a lost or present civilization are from ancient greece. with this we understand that the Greeks were very handy at what they dedicated themselves to do..all their money spent on building monuments and temples wasn't in vain for they have earned the western civilizations admiration in many ways they have influenced us especially through their classical period from their art, government, writing, plays, and trading, to be simple.

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Visiting Olympia, the Βirthplace of the Ancient Olympics - Greek Reporter

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Greek ReporterVisiting Olympia, the Βirthplace of the Ancient OlympicsGreek ReporterOlympia was the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games, which were celebrated every four years by the Greeks.

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Intact Etruscan tomb unearthed in Tarquinia

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The skeletonized body of an Etruscan prince, possibly a relative to Tarquinius Priscus, the legendary fifth king of Rome from 616 to 579 B.C., has been brought to light in an extraordinary finding that promises to reveal new insights on one of the ancient world’s most fascinating cultures.
Found in Tarquinia, a hill town about 50 miles northwest of Rome, famous for its Etruscan art treasures, the 2,600 year old intact burial site came complete with a full array of precious grave goods.

“It’s a unique discovery, as it is extremely rare to find an inviolate Etruscan tomb of an upper-class individual. It opens up huge study opportunities on the Etruscans,” Alessandro Mandolesi, of the University of Turin, told Discovery News. Mandolesi is leading the excavation in collaboration with the Archaeological Superintendency of Southern Etruria. [...]

As the heavy stone slab was removed, Mandolesi and his team were left breathless. In the small vaulted chamber, the complete skeleton of an individual was resting on a stone bed on the left. A spear lay along the body, while fibulae, or brooches, on the chest indicated that the individual, a man, was probably once dressed with a mantle.
At his feet stood a large bronze basin and a dish with food remains, while the stone table on the right might have contained the incinerated remains of another individual.

Decorated with a red strip, the upper part of the wall featured, along with several nails, a small hanging vase, which might have contained some ointment. A number of grave goods, which included large Greek Corinthian vases and precious ornaments, lay on the floor. [...]


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The Wines of Umbria

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Wine production in Umbria dates back to ancient times. Archaeological artifacts show evidence that the Etruscans engaged in viticulture along the banks of the Tiber River well before the Romans here. But when they did arrive, they too developed a taste for these wines. Around the 12th century, Orvieto was a summer retreat for the Popes, and the then thick, sweet white wine from this area was shipped daily to Rome.

Umbria is landlocked, and enclosed on three sides by the Apennines mountains, but the many rivers that flow through the region bring with them warmer air from the Mediterranean. The interplay of these warmer air currents with the cool air that flows down from the Apennines provides the ideal environment for viticulture. But winemaking in Umbria has always competed with olive oil production and grain cultivation.

Centuries ago, rather than the neatly manicured vineyards we see today, the grapevines were interspersed among trees such as maple, elm, and even olive. The trees acted as natural trellises, raising the grapes off the ground so they could ripen without rotting. As recently as the 1970s, wine production in Umbria was basically a farmhouse operation making wines for local consumption. Today, a few of these family producers have transformed themselves embracing modern production methods and controls, and are now producing high quality wines worthy of international attention.

There are now 13 DOC and 2 DOCG wine zones in Umbria. A few of the distinctive wines you will find in this region are:

Grechetto [..]Torgiano Rosso Riserva DOCG [...]Sagrantino di Montefalco [...]
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Word of the Day / Dfus: One ancient Grecian's mold is another man's printer - Word of the Day

Word of the Day / Dfus: One ancient Grecian's mold is another man's printer - Word of the Day | Ancient Greek and Roman History | Scoop.it
How 15th century Bible publishers came to create a word describing their craft.
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(EN) - Calendars Through The Ages | Calendars

(EN) - Calendars Through The Ages | Calendars | Ancient Greek and Roman History | Scoop.it

"The schedule of our lives is shaped by the movements of the earth, moon, and sun.

In ancient Rome, a priest observed the sky and announced a new moon cycle to the king. For centuries afterward, Romans referred to the first day of each new month as Kalends (from their word calare, which means "to proclaim”).
The word calendar derived from this custom."


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