Homer was a ‘philosopher’ and ‘the first geographer’

Here we present and discuss two excerpts from Strabo that provide us with very interesting information about Homer. Continue reading “Homer was a ‘philosopher’ and ‘the first geographer’”

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Piraeus, the main port of Athens, was an island from 4 800 – 3 400 BC

Piraeus, the main port of Athens, was an island from 4 800 – 3 400 BC, in other words 4 500 years before the Parthenon was built on the Acropolis. This discovery was made by a French-Greek team (1) led by Jean-Philippe Goiran, a CNRS researcher at the ‘Archéorient – Environnements et Sociétés de l’Orient Ancien’ Unit (CNRS/Université Lyon 2), who studied and dated sediments collected in the Piraeus area. The research was carried out in collaboration with colleagues from the Universities of Athens, Paris 1 and Paris Ouest, and is published in the June 2011 issue of the journal Geology.  Continue reading “Piraeus, the main port of Athens, was an island from 4 800 – 3 400 BC”

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