Monday, September 15, 2008

New Temple of Athena found in Turkey

Did you know that the best preserved ruins of the ancient Greeks are not in Greece? They are in Italy and in Turkey. The Greeks colonized both areas starting around 1100 B.C. during what is called the "Greek Dark Age" which some people believe corresponds to the aftermath of a Trojan War! Whether that is true or not, the point is that the Greeks colonized these areas and much of it is still in great condidtion.

Now some new ruins, this time a temple of Athena (her most famous temple is, of course, the Parthenon in Athens). Here's the article:

Ruins of Temple of Athena found

Istanbul, Sept 14: A team of archaeologists has found ruins of the Temple of Athena in the popular resort town of Bodrum in western Turkey.

Profesor Adnan Diler, who leads the archaeological excavations in the ancient city of Pedasa, told Turkish Press, “We found the Temple of Athena, one of the most important works of arts in Anatolia, in Konacik hamlet in Bodrum.

“The findings we have unearthed so far showed that we finally found ruins of the temple belonged to the civilization of the Leleges around the 6th century BC,he added.

“We found walls of the temple and an inscription. Our excavations will continue to bring the temple into daylight,� said Diler.

Athena, was the shrewd companion of heroes and the goddess of heroic endeavour in Greek mythology.


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