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2013-08-28 23:03:22

Homer “the Blind Wonder Cat” Cooper, subject of the internationally bestselling memoir died in his New York home last Wednesday of age related illness. His human companion, Gwen Cooper, was with him at the time and Homer was sixteen years old. New York, NY (PRWEB) August 28, 2013 Homer “the Blind Wonder Cat” Cooper, subject of the internationally bestselling memoir died in his New York home last Wednesday of age-related illness. His human companion, author Gwen Cooper, was with...

2012-02-14 11:30:06

The birds in the Iliad help warriors and kings make difficult decisions and satisfy the basic human need for self-esteem and security. This is the conclusion of a new doctoral thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, that analyses 35 bird scenes in Homer's Iliad from around 700 B.C. In the Iliad, gods use birds to disguise themselves and as transmitters of messages to humans. Similarly, humans use birds as signs and symbols that they interpret to acquire knowledge about the...

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2009-10-17 08:53:48

Archaeologists surveying the world's oldest submerged town have found ceramics dating back to the Final Neolithic. Their discovery suggests that Pavlopetri, off the southern Laconia coast of Greece, was occupied some 5,000 years ago "” at least 1,200 years earlier than originally thought. These remarkable findings have been made public by the Greek government after the start of a five year collaborative project involving the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities of the Hellenic Ministry of...

2009-02-02 15:48:18

In the third century BCE, the Greek poet Callimachus wrote a 'Hymn to Zeus' asking the ancient, and most powerful, Greek god whether he was born in Arcadia on Mt. Lykaion or in Crete on Mt. Ida. A Greek and American team of archaeologists working on the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project believe they have at least a partial answer to the poet's query. New excavation evidence indicates that Zeus' worship was established on Mt. Lykaion as early as the Late Helladic period, if not before,...

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2007-03-26 21:00:00

By DEREK GATOPOULOS ATHENS, Greece - A geological engineering company said Monday it has agreed to help in an archaeological project to find the island of Ithaca, homeland of Homer's legendary hero Odysseus. It has long been thought that the island of Ithaki in the Ionian Sea was the island Homer used as a setting for the epic poem "The Odyssey," in which the king Odysseus makes a perilous 10-year journey home from the Trojan War. But amateur British archaeologist Robert Bittlestone...

2006-06-01 15:10:00

By Richard C. Lewis PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island -- An underwater explorer who found the Titanic and a team of international scientists will soon survey waters off the Greek island of Crete for clues to a once-powerful Bronze Age-era civilization. The expedition about 75 miles northwest of Crete aims to learn more about the Minoans, who flourished during the Bronze Age, and seeks to better understand seafaring four millennia ago, the scientists said. U.S. researchers say the Minoans were engaged...

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2006-03-30 07:05:34

ATHENS, Greece -- Among the ruins of a 3,200-year-old palace near Athens, researchers are piecing together the story of legendary Greek warrior-king Ajax, hero of the Trojan War. Archaeologist Yiannis Lolos found remains of the palace while hiking on the island of Salamis in 1999, and has led excavations there for the past six years. Now, he's confident he's found the site where Ajax ruled, which has also provided evidence to support a theory that residents of the Mycenean island kingdom fled...

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2006-01-10 07:14:50

ATHENS, Greece -- British and Greek archaeologists are preparing a major excavation on a tiny Greek island to try to explain why it produced history's largest collection of Cycladic flat-faced marble figurines. Artwork from barren Keros inspired such artists as Pablo Picasso and Henry Moore but also attracted ruthless looters. Now experts are seeking insight into the island's possible role as a major religious center of the enigmatic Cycladic civilization some 4,500 years ago. Excavations...

2005-09-29 11:50:00

LONDON -- A British author and a team of scholars said on Thursday they may have solved one of the riddles of ancient Greece -- locating the ancient city of Ithaca, home of the legendary hero Odysseus. Finding Ithaca could rival the discovery of ancient Troy, uncovered on the Turkish coast more than 100 years ago, said author Robert Bittlestone. Local legend places the kingdom of Ithaca on an island in the Ionian Sea that bears the name Ithaki today. But Ithaki is to the east of a group of...


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  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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