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Cracking the code: the decipherment of Linear B 60 years on : Past Horizons Archaeology

Cracking the code: the decipherment of Linear B 60 years on : Past Horizons Archaeology | Ancient Greece | Scoop.it

A conference in Cambridge, southeast England, will mark the 60th anniversary of the decipherment by Michael Ventris of Linear B, a script used for an early form of ancient Greek. His stunning achievement pushed back the frontiers of knowledge about the ancient world.

 

When during the early 20th century archaeologists excavated some of the most famous sites of Ancient Greece – notably Knossos on the island of Crete and Mycenae and Pylos on the mainland – they found large numbers of clay tablets inscribed with a type of script that baffled them.


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joseph mora's curator insight, November 5, 2013 2:26 PM

they are finding out what this mysterious script will say

Khai Tran's curator insight, January 21, 2014 10:06 PM

It is very interesting how scientist are able to decipher Ancient codes and find out more facts about history. 

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Alexander the Great

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Alexander III of Macedon (356 – 323 BC), commonly known as Alexander the Great was a king of Macedon, a state in northern ancient Greece. Born in Pella in 356 BC, Alexand...
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Do Innovations destroy or expand the market?

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Apparently Socrates in ancient Greece was strongly opposed to the new practice of writing.  He thought that it would kill the long-established skill of memorizing and reciting long stories.  Furthermore he thought that writing would replace or discourage conversation.  It seems ludicrous that any intellectual could oppose writing.  However, every innovation involves an element of destruction.  Often that destruction is of a popular practice or method.  But in general, the net effect of innovation is to grow the whole sector.  In the case of writing it dramatically improved the field of communication,  For sure recitation diminished (though it survived) but writing transformed mankind’s ability to store and transfer knowledge.


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Joel Mondragon's curator insight, November 15, 2013 10:41 PM

I thought it was interesting to see how Socrates opposed written language although he is one of the most renown philophers in ancient history. Even in the modern world you can see similar concepts and ideas Socrates had taken into consideration hundreds of years ago.  

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Now you can visit a 2,000-year-old brothel in Greece

Now you can visit a 2,000-year-old brothel in Greece | Ancient Greece | Scoop.it
Archaeologists recently uncovered an ancient brothel attached to a gymnasium and restaurant in northern Greece. It was full of penis-themed items like this vase. But that's not the weird part.

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Cracking the code: the decipherment of Linear B 60 years on : Past Horizons Archaeology

Cracking the code: the decipherment of Linear B 60 years on : Past Horizons Archaeology | Ancient Greece | Scoop.it

A conference in Cambridge, southeast England, will mark the 60th anniversary of the decipherment by Michael Ventris of Linear B, a script used for an early form of ancient Greek. His stunning achievement pushed back the frontiers of knowledge about the ancient world.

 

When during the early 20th century archaeologists excavated some of the most famous sites of Ancient Greece – notably Knossos on the island of Crete and Mycenae and Pylos on the mainland – they found large numbers of clay tablets inscribed with a type of script that baffled them.


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joseph mora's curator insight, November 5, 2013 2:26 PM

they are finding out what this mysterious script will say

Khai Tran's curator insight, January 21, 2014 10:06 PM

It is very interesting how scientist are able to decipher Ancient codes and find out more facts about history. 

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Top 35 Ancient Roman and Greek Gods, Goddesses, Deities and Mythical Characters to Collect on Coins

A world of mystery, intrigue and fantasy awaits. See the various gods, goddesses, and mythical deities and characters available to collect on ancient Greek and Roman coins. Transport yourself to the ancient past, explore the unexplored and collect authentic ancient coins of those various deities. This article was intended to expand on various ideas for a coin collector and a fantastic coin collection. Enjoy!


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A Brief History of Mythology - Greece and the Classical World ...

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The Ancient Greeks had one of the richest mythologies, involving scores of gods and goddesses. The writings that ... When the Romans conquered most of Europe a few centuries later, they adopted many of the Greek myths.

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What Ancient Greek Music Sounded Like: Hear a Reconstruction ...

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Between 750 BC and 400 BC, the Ancient Greeks composed songs meant to be accompanied by the lyre, reed-pipes, and various percussion instruments. More than.
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Khai Tran's curator insight, January 27, 2014 4:13 PM

The Greeks had instuments and played music to celebrate as we do today. 

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Trojan war Empire of the Hittites

In Greek mythology, the Trojan War was waged against the city of Troy by the Achaeans (Greeks) after Paris of Troy took Helen from her husband Menelaus king of Sparta.

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The Departure of Memnon: A Black Hero of the Trojan War

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Image of the Week: The rendering of Memnon on this Greek vase shows him as African, but he wasn't always seen that way.

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Trip of a lifetime: Minoan Palace and Santorini

Trip of a lifetime: Minoan Palace and Santorini | Ancient Greece | Scoop.it
In 2600BC the Minoans arrived from an unknown area. They brought bronze with them which commenced the Bronze Age or the Minoan Age. Power was given to the Royal families and the palace became the religious, ...
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Cicero’s Web: How Social Media Was Born in Ancient Rome

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How the dynamics of papyrus scrolls explain Facebook.
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5 Ridiculous Lies You Believe About Ancient Civilizations

5 Ridiculous Lies You Believe About Ancient Civilizations | Ancient Greece | Scoop.it

Much of what we know about ancient Greece and Rome tends to come from films and TV. And, well, much of what we know is plain wrong. (The Romans weren't as orgy crazed as you think.... for example. ). but what else?


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Ancient Greece to the Roaring ’20s: 10 settings we’d like to see an Assassin’s Creed game

Ancient Greece to the Roaring ’20s: 10 settings we’d like to see an Assassin’s Creed game | Ancient Greece | Scoop.it
The Assassin’s Creed franchise is built around the concept of exploring a historical setting and mixing fact and fiction. Here are 10 places and times we’d like to see the series explore.

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Ancient Greece's Greatest Antiquity's [FULL VIDEO]

Architectural investigation with the mighty Ancient Greece, the Empire that gave rise to western civilization and produced some of antiquity's greatest treas...

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Ancient Greece, the Middle East and an ancient cultural internet - The Guardian

Ancient Greece, the Middle East and an ancient cultural internet - The Guardian | Ancient Greece | Scoop.it

The ancient Greek world is being recast from an isolated entity to one of many hybrid cultures in Africa and in the East


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Ancient Greece to the Roaring ’20s: 10 settings we’d like to see an Assassin’s Creed game

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The Assassin’s Creed franchise is built around the concept of exploring a historical setting and mixing fact and fiction. Here are 10 places and times we’d like to see the series explore.

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Aphrodite smiles on UNL archaeological dig in Turkey

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Finding the head of an ancient statue is an “exclamation point” for the team.

 

Scarred with chips and cracks on its nose and face, the head of Aphrodite’s statue most likely avoided destruction during the Roman Byzantine period, about A.D. 330.

Hoff said the area where the head was found was once used to destroy ancient marble statues, to get lime for making mortar or because they were considered pagan symbols.

“Some rather zealous Christians were destroying images of Greek gods and goddesses to get rid of pagan images,” he said.

As for the rest of Aphrodite’s body, Hoff said it was most likely incinerated.


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Did the Romans invent FACEBOOK? Ancient graffiti bragging about sexual ... - Daily Mail

Did the Romans invent FACEBOOK? Ancient graffiti bragging about sexual ... - Daily Mail | Ancient Greece | Scoop.it
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New finds at the Minoan Palace of Zakros

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Minoan civilisation, Zakros Palace in particular, are the focus of the 11th International Cretological Congress on October 21-27 in Rethymnon, one of the three big cities on the island. The Minoan Zakros Palace, located on the eastern part of the island, is one of the four Minoan palaces – the others are Knossos, Festos and Malia – uncovered by archaeological excavations last century.


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Mycenaean palace, Linear B tablets found near Sparta

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Until recently, Laconia was regarded an exception in the map of the Peloponnese Mycenaean palaces, even though –according to myth– its queen, Helen, was the cause of the Trojan War (the Homeric epics are an important source of information about the...

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(Essay) “The Language of the Goddess” In Minoan Crete by Carol P ...

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While the “war against Marija Gimbutas,” rooted in what my friend Mara Keller calls “theaphobia,” is being waged in the academy, her theories continue to unlock the meaning of hundreds of thousands of artifacts from the ...
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The Archaeology of Tomb Raider | Arte-Factual: Minoan Dolphin ...

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All at Sea: Crete Celebrates Greece Reunion Centenary Like the Minoans - The Epoch Times

All at Sea: Crete Celebrates Greece Reunion Centenary Like the Minoans - The Epoch Times | Ancient Greece | Scoop.it
All at Sea: Crete Celebrates Greece Reunion Centenary Like the Minoans The Epoch Times Crete, cradle of Minoan culture, celebrates its 100 year reunion with Mother Greece in style: the Cretan Union Cup sailing regatta is a pledge of continuity, a...
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