Ancient Greece news

By: Meghan Christensen

Ancient Greece news

An abundance of gold wreaths appear to lay hidden in a subway network in Greece.

Indeed, excavation work during construction of a new subway in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, has revealed another gold wreath – the ninth since work started in 2006.

Found on the site of an ancient cemetery at what will be the Democratizes Station stop, the wreath of olive leaves lay buried for some 2,300 years.


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Sports!

The Greeks invented athletic contests and held them in honor of their gods. The Isthmus game were staged every two years at the Isthmus of Corinth. The Pythias games took place every four years near Delphi. The most famous games held at Olympia, South- West of Greece, which took place every four years. The ancient Olympics seem to have begun in the early 700 BC, in honor of Zeus. No women were allowed to watch the games and only Greek nationals could participate. One of the ancient wonders was a statue of Zeus at Olympia, made of gold and ivory by a Greek sculptor Phidias This was placed inside a Temple, although it was a towering 42 feet high.


The dark ages

The period between the fall of the Mycenaean civilizations and the re adoption of writing in the eight or seventh century BC. After the Trojan Wars the Mycenaean went through a period of civil war, the country was weak and a tribe called the Dorian took over. Some speculate that Dorian invaders from the north with iron weapons laid waste the Mycenaean culture. Others look to internal dissent, uprising and rebellion, or perhaps some combination