Pan, Plato, and the Nymphs: exploring Vari Cave
Archaeology / History / Linguistics / Travel

Pan, Plato, and the Nymphs: exploring Vari Cave

Mount Hymettus is known to the local people of Attica as the ‘Mad Mountain’, η Τρελοβούνι. Situated on the western side of the Attica peninsula and stretching above the coastal towns of Elliniko, Glyfada, and Voula, this mountain and its undulating topography are eclectic — if not ‘mad’. The granular limestone of the mountain makes … Continue reading

The Lego Acropolis: history brick by brick
Archaeology / Classics and pop culture / Museums / Weird and Wonderful

The Lego Acropolis: history brick by brick

If you find time to visit only one of Athens’ many museum collections, make it the Acropolis museum. Right in the centre of the historic city, this award-winning museum houses over 4,000 objects from the Acropolis — the fortified hill in Athens, most famous for its fifth century B.C. marble temples. The Parthenon, in particular, … Continue reading

Island hopping around Greece, volume 2: Andros, Naxos, and Paros
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Island hopping around Greece, volume 2: Andros, Naxos, and Paros

Continuing on from last time, here’s the next thrilling instalment of my Greek Island hopping fieldwork adventure. Having been left abandoned on the shores of Mykonos in the last episode, I was soon back on the road (/the sea). Next stop: more of the Northern Cyclades. Andros Andros is the northern-most of the Cycladic islands, … Continue reading

Island hopping around Greece, volume 1: Mykonos, Delos, and Tinos
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Island hopping around Greece, volume 1: Mykonos, Delos, and Tinos

For the next few months —and thanks to the generosity of my funding body— I’m on a Greek Odyssey. As part of my PhD fieldwork, I’m visiting the archaeological sites and museum collections from some of the Cyclades, Dodecanese, and Northern Aegean islands. These groups of islands comprise some of 6000 islands in the middle … Continue reading