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Ancient tower, town wall found on Tinos island July 3, 2006

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Archaeologists have uncovered a tower and remains of a town wall dating back to the fourth century BC on the island of Tinos in the Aegean Sea, the Ministry of Culture announced.

The discovery, near a sanctuary for the god Poseidon and his wife Amphitrite, was made during construction work for an island road.

“The tower is at least two meters (six feet) high and located near the modern-day town of Tinos,” archeologist Mariza Marsari said.

Marsari was on the island along with the head of the Central Archeological Council (KAS), Christos Zachopoulos, to examine the find.

So far the sanctuary, which also dates back to the fourth century BC, had been the island’s main cultural attraction.

The Parthenon July 3, 2006

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Long feted as the crowning glory of the Acropolis and of Athens, the Parthenon is more than 2,500 years old and the largest Doric temple of Pentelic marble built by the ancient Greeks.
 
It is fair to say that it is weighed down these days by its impossibly exalted status as the single most important ancient monument of Western civilisation, which is a hard billing to live up to, but the entire site was the subject of a lengthy restoration project in the run-up to the 2004 Olympic Games and still offers a remarkable glimpse into the past.
 
Among the crowds, you may find it hard to slip into a daydream about the Acropolis’s long-forgotten parades and legendary soldiers, or feel hard-pushed to re-imagine the Parthenon in its heyday as the leading temple of a civilisation, but is still possible to marvel at an architectural feat rich in symbolic power, and to feel the weight of history.

Useful links:
http://academic.reed.edu/humanities/110Tech/Parthenon.html
http://www.greatbuildings.com/buildings/The_Parthenon.html
http://www.gnto.gr
http://www.athensguide.org
 

The Atlantis Hypothesis: Searching for a Lost Land July 3, 2006

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International Conference > Atlantis 2005
11 – 13 July 2005, Milos Island, Greece

This Conference aimed to serve as a forum for the presentation and constructive discussion of all the issues related to the hypothesis of the lost land of Atlantis. The purpose of the meeting was to gather specialists of all the different disciplines involved in highlighting the scientific aspects of this fascinating subject.

Greece was the most appropriate location for hosting this conference, as the ancient Greek great mind Plato formulated the Atlantis hypothesis.

LANGUAGE

The official language of the conference was English. There was simultaneous interpretation to/from Greek.

The Conference was held at the “Milos Conference Center – George Eliopoulos” on Milos island. For more information please click http://www.miloscenter.gr

The island of Milos, an entirely volcanic island, is located 86 nautical miles from the port of Piraeus, in the southwestern part of the Cyclades island group, in the Aegean Sea.

For more information about Milos please visit: http://www.gr-milos.net

TOPICS

Scientific approaches to the three main questions: if, when, and where based on research and evidences related to the following disciplines:

– Volcanology
– Seismology, Palaeoseismology, Geodynamics
– Tectonics, Palaeomagnetism
– Geology, Geophysics
– Meteors, Impactors
– Geochemistry
– Archaeology, Maritime Archaeology, Geoarchaeology
– Oceanography
– Geography, Physiography
– Cartography
– History, Mythology, Geomythology
– Archaeometry
– Palaeoceanography, Palaeoclimatology
– Philosophy, Philology
– Plato and History, Plato and Myth

In search of Atlantis: Is it myth or history? July 3, 2006

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Conference on Milos examined the enduring mystery

The case of Atlantis has never ceased to arouse interest. Did the lost land ever actually exist? If so, where exactly was it and what brought about its complete destruction?

These are a few of the questions that a number of scientists pondered at last year’s conference on «The Atlantis Case: In Search of a Lost Land» which took place (July 11-13, 2005) on the island of Milos at the Giorgos Heliopoulos Conference Center.

Over the years, the search for Atlantis has enthralled many scientists working in fields such as history, archaeology, philosophy, volcanology, cartography and oceanography. During the event, a group of scientists will present current research on the mystery.

Professors involved in the conference’s international program committee included Michalis Fytikas and Spyros Pavlidis of Thessaloniki University, Silvio Cataldi of the University of Turin, Stavros Papamarinopoulos of Patras University, Haraldur Sigurdsson of the University of Rhode Island in the USA, Giorgos Vouyiouklakis of the Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration and Christos Doumas of the Greek Archaeological Society. Doumas also leads excavations at Santorini’s Akrotiri site.

Plato first mentioned the lost land of Atlantis in the fourth century BC, and the mystery remains intact at the dawn of the 21st century.

Utopia?

According to the philosopher’s writings, Atlantis was a leading civilization of prehistoric times.

It was apparently an island-state in the Atlantic Ocean, and it faced the Pillars of Hercules (Straits of Gibraltar). According to Plato’s version, it was founded more than 12,000 years ago.

The island-state was inhabited by an aristocratic and powerful tribe that enjoyed great wealth, thanks to the area’s natural resources and the community’s land planning. Atlantis, it seems, was also an important commercial center.

For many generations, the people of Atlantis lived humbly and wisely, but gradually became corrupted by greed and power.

In the end, it was Zeus who punished them with a powerful wave that ultimately «swallowed up» the island and its people.

The sensational story has drawn attention and admiration from specialists and non-specialists around the world, all of whom are in an endless search for evidence that might solve the mystery.

Could it be that the story is an exaggeration based on the fall of Cretan civilization and the destruction of Thera (Santorini)?

Or could it be that Atlantis never actually existed and was simply a myth mimicking Plato’s descriptions of the perfect state?

For more information on the conference log on to http://milos.conferences.gr/atlantis2005

Baghdatis reaches Wimbledon’s last 16 July 3, 2006

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Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, currently ranked 16 in the world, advanced to Wimbledon’s final 16 yesterday with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-1 victory over France’s Sebastien Grosjean, ranked 26. He now meets the UK’s Andy Murray for the quarterfinals.

The young and exciting Baghdatis established himself internationally last January by making the Australian Open final.

How Marcos Baghdatis fought his way July 3, 2006

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How Marcos Baghdatis fought his way from rock bottom to live his dream.

If Andy Murray feels the pressure of becoming the nation’s focus this afternoon he can console himself that his opponent Marcos Baghdatis is shouldering similar weighty expectations.

“I have two countries behind me. I mean, Cyprus and Greece, for me, it’s the same thing. It’s not one country but it’s the same thing,” said the 21-year-old from Limassol. “I have Greek blood in me. So it’s great having them around and giving me so much support and love. It’s been fun since I’m playing good. I have so many people behind me giving me support.”

Baghdatis has been playing good, as he puts it, since the start of this year, when he came into the Australian Open ranked 54 in the world and came out of it a narrow runner-up to Roger Federer. Baghdatis’ route to the final involved wins over the top-10 players David Nalbandian, Andy Roddick and Ivan Ljubicic and was played out to a soundtrack of relentless singing from thousands of supporters in the stands, thanks to Melbourne’s large Greek and Cypriot population.

Around 2,000 people came to greet him at Larnaca Airport on his return home and the streets of Limassol were packed with Cypriots desperate to see him but Baghdatis admits he is still haunted by the one thing he did not manage to do in Australia – beat Federer in the final.

“It was a bitter loss. I have some chances, I still have some regrets. I sleep about it and I dream about it sometimes, so that’s tough,” said Baghdatis. “I saw the match one more time on tape after the final. It was a bad night. I woke up the next morning and I wasn’t feeling so good.”

It is a measure of Baghdatis’ ambition that he is still kicking himself after losing to one of the greatest players the world has ever seen but, despite his genial personality, he has a rare drive, largely borne of his struggle to get his career off the ground.

Facilities in Cyprus were so poor that his parents squirrelled away the slim profits from the clothing shops they owned to send him to the Patrick Mouratoglou Academy in Paris at the age of 14. He roomed with a French family, going for years without seeing his brothers or his parents.

“Kids my age weren’t speaking English at the academy, so what I did was write songs, write stories, write my days and then I started having some friends and life got easier,” said Baghdatis. After winning a junior grand slam title and reaching world No1 at that level, he spent years slogging his way up through the lower ranks of the professional tour, an arduous journey made without the aid of wild cards or funding available to contemporaries like Murray. “I had to fight my way in but it’s life,” said Baghdatis. “Maybe some people think it’s easy but I can tell you it’s not, even for people that do get wild cards. You have to go through a lot of sacrifices. We are all winning our lives.”

It could be argued that both Baghdatis and Murray have already done that by getting to the fourth round of the world’s biggest tournament. It will not be enough for them, however, nor for the millions watching at home.

Star sprinter to miss Athens meeting July 3, 2006

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Gatlin, world record co-holder in 100m, pulls out of Athens Super Grand Prix ‘Tsiklitiria’

American sprinter Justin Gatlin, who shares the 100-meter world record with Jamaica’s Asafa Powell, has pulled out of today’s Athens Super Grand Prix track and field meeting, or “Tsiklitiria” as the event is locally known.

According to reports, Gatlin, the meeting’s major draw card, informed organizers on Saturday that he would miss the Athens meeting at the Olympic Stadium due to leg-injury concerns. Organizers, however, did not make any announcement at a news conference yesterday ahead of today’s meeting.

Sources said the event’s organizers approached Powell’s manager hoping the Jamaican could replace Gatlin in Athens. But Powell, who set a world record time of 9.77 seconds in Athens last year, refused the offer, citing an injury concern of his own.

Gatlin equaled Powell’s world record time of 9.77 seconds on May 12 of this year in Doha, Qatar. He was the surprise winner of the 100-meter sprint at the Athens Olympics in 2004, running a personal best of 9.85 to overcome a world-class field that included Portugal’s Francis Obikwelu and Sydney gold-medalist and US teammate Maurice Greene.

The world record holder of the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Saif Said Sahin of Qatar, who will be competing at the Athens meeting tonight, said he was hoping for a time of 7 minutes and 50 seconds, weather permitting.

“I like competing at the Tsiklitiria and in Athens because, usually, the weather helps me achieve great results,” said Sahin.

Osledis Menendez, the Cuban world record holder in the women’s javelin, said she was looking forward to a good performance in Athens.

“I’m going to aim for the best. Greece suits me as I’ve broken two world records here,” she told yesterday’s news conference.

The one-day meeting gets under way with the women’s javelin event at 6.45 p.m. The meeting’s final event, the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, is scheduled to begin at 9.30 pm. The meeting will be televised live on local Greek TV channel “Antenna”.