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Notes on the Antikythera mechanism and modernity

There is no need to present the Antikythera mechanism yet again. Enough has been published on the peculiarities of this remarkable wonder of Antiquity. In a few words, the mechanism, discovered by... Read More | Share

Listen to spoken Proto-Indo-European!

The  theory that the languages and cultures of Europe, Persia and India shared, to use a term borrowed from evolutionnary biology, a common ancestor dates back to 1786, when Sir William Jones... Read More | Share

The ‘Fair Angel’ and the David Plates: Hellenism in Late Antique Art

Santa Maria Antiqua sits on the foot of the Palatine hill in Rome, a church dedicated in the 6th century and originally integrated into the imperial palace complex from the time of Domitian (81-96... Read More | Share

A representation of Byzantium on a sarcophagus in China?

In 1999 was unearthed, near the city of Taiyuan in the Shanxi province of China, a marble sarcophagus of one Yu Hong, who died and was buried there with his wife in AD 592, during the Sui... Read More | Share

The Forum Romanum

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Colonization vs. colonialism

The expansion across the Mediterranean and the Black Sea by the Greeks in the 8th to 6th centuries is a well-known phenomenon, and the Greeks themselves were aware of this (Socrates for example... Read More | Share

History knows no boundaries

We have all learnt at school the three great historical periods of history: Antiquity, Middle Ages, and Modern times. Antiquity, finishing in 476 with the fall of the Roman Empire, gave way to the... Read More | Share

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