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Archeological treasures found during metro construction in Greece

The construction of a metro network beneath the Greek city of Thessaloniki has unearthed an extraordinary treasure trove of ancient artefacts, from gold wreaths and rings to statues of the goddess Aphrodite. The progress of the metro system has been delayed because of the sheer number of items that have been found beneath the streets of Greece’s second city. Archeologists have dug up more than 300,000 artefacts, from coins and jewellery to marble statues, amphorae, oil lamps and perfume vases. T...

Looking Far to the Future: San Marco - The Basilica of Venice in the Third Millennium

Sala del Maggior Consiglio - Great Council Chamber - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) Power. Glory. Wealth. The sheer magnificence of the Great Council Chamber inside Palazzo Ducale is overwhelming. The immense hall was where the noblemen of the Great Council of the Venetian Republic convened, the 1,000 to 2,000 aristocrats who composed the most important political body of Venice and who were the guardians of the laws of State. The Great Council met for the first time in the Sala del Magg...
Tags: Travel, Rome, Munich, West, Venice, Istanbul, San Marco, East, Aachen, Basilica, Sala, Constantinople, Roman Empire, Hagia Sophia, University of Cologne, Venetian Republic

Looking to the Future: San Marco - The Basilica of Venice in the Third Millennium

Sala del Maggior Consiglio - Great Council Chamber - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) Power. Glory. Wealth. The sheer magnificence of the Great Council Chamber inside Palazzo Ducale is overwhelming. The immense hall was where the noblemen of the Great Council of the Venetian Republic convened, the 1,000 to 2,000 aristocrats who composed the most important political body of Venice and who were the guardians of the laws of State. The Great Council met for the first time in the Sala del Magg...
Tags: Travel, Rome, Munich, West, Venice, Istanbul, San Marco, East, Aachen, Basilica, Sala, Constantinople, Roman Empire, Hagia Sophia, University of Cologne, Venetian Republic

Hannibal (Sölden, April 12th)

"We wanted to perform it only once – but now the glacier spectacle has become the Alpine Everyman", Ernst Lorenzi (Initiator) Today April 12th, the historical spectacle of HANNIBAL will be performed again on the giant open-air stage at Sölden's Rettenbach Glacier. The performance of "HANNIBAL – The Crossing of the Alps" is all about the historical facts of the Second Punic War and its protagonist Hannibal, who is described in a biographical way with all modern theater settings on a really in...
Tags: Events, Sport, Rome, Austria, Skiing, Italy, Alps, Gibraltar, Red Bull, Tirol, Hannibal, Mediterranean, Solden, Tunis, Bengal, Dietrich Mateschitz

It’s Complicated: From the Roman Empire to Brexit, Britain Has Always Struggled to Define Its Relationship With Europe

For centuries, Britain has alternated moving closer to and pulling away from Europe
Tags: Europe, News, Uncategorized, World, Britain, United Kingdom, Roman Empire, Brexit Britain

Is now the time for “Burger King” churches?

  by George Clifford   The neighborhood church is dead. Long live the special interest church.   If you doubt that pronouncement, map where the attendees or members of your congregation live. Also plot the locations of all churches – regardless of flavor (i.e., denomination) – in the geographic area in which your congregation lives.   The parish system originated when the Christian Church tailored its organization to meet the requirements of being the Roman Empire’s established religion. Eccles...
Tags: England, Navy, Religion, United States, United Kingdom, Jesus, Birmingham, Houston, Corinthians, St Martin, Ministry, Honolulu, PAUL, St Francis, Episcopal Church TEC, Roman Empire

3 Steps To Access Your Hidden Brain Power

Oprah has it. Steve Jobs had it. Mark Zuckerberg has it but recently didn’t listen to it and paid a huge price. Elon Musk made the same mistake. Intuition. Spidey sense. Gut feel. Whatever you call it, it’ll make or break the most important decisions in your life. The most successful executives I coach have it in spades. photocredit: Getty How—And Where—Intuition Actually Works Here’s how to make your intuition stronger right now. My friends at NowSourcing have created a handy infographic, be ...
Tags: Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Senate, byline=Christine Comaford, Albert Einstein, Oprah, Howard, Julius Caesar, Madeleine L'Engle, Charles Howard, Roman Empire, NowSourcing, Calpurnia, John Farrar, Farrar Straus Giroux

Ancient Garbage Heaps Show Fading Byzantine Empire Was 'Plagued' By Disease and Climate Change

About a century before the fall of the Byzantine Empire -- the eastern portion of the vast Roman Empire -- signs of its impending doom were written in garbage.Archaeologists recently investigated accumulated refuse in trash mounds at a Byzantine settlement called Elusa in Israel's Negev Desert. They found that the age of the trash introduced an intriguing new timeline for the Byzantine decline, scientists reported in a new study. [The Holy Land: 7 Amazing Archaeological Finds]The researchers...
Tags: Science, Israel, Rome, Red Sea, Northern Hemisphere, Europe Africa, Roman Empire, Justinian, University of Haifa, Negev Desert, Elusa, Guy Bar OzThe, Asia Bar Oz, National Academy of Sciences History

Consistent Inconsistency in the Book of Revelation

The Destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem (1867) by Francesco Hayez 1 Is the book of Revelation a linear chronology of distant future events? Or does the book describe the Roman persecution of Christians and Rome’s destruction of the temple—events that occurred in John’s lifetime? The first view opts for a mid-AD 90s authorship (long after the temple was destroyed), the second supports a pre-AD 70s authorship (when the temple was still standing). Each of these readings is complicated b...
Tags: Church, Religion, Articles, Jerusalem, Rome, John, Roman Empire, Clement, Michael S Heiser, Heiser, Revelation, Francesco Hayez, 70 AD

The Two Annunciations

Today is the feast of the Annunciation. The Gospel for the Eucharist is the familiar and beautiful narrative of the Angel Gabriel coming to Mary and offering her to be the Theotokos, God Bearer, although she hardly could have wrapped her head around that at the time. I would suspect she hardly heard half of what the Angel said. How much do we remember of our wedding or graduation or any life changing moment?  She was probably in shock. What she did hear was that God wanted her to bear a child. ...
Tags: Israel, Religion, David, Middle East, Angel, Jesus, John, Mars, Abba, Christ, Elizabeth, Mary, Luke, Berkeley California, Zechariah, Cross

Best things to in Pristina, Kosovo

The Republic of Kosovo is Europe’s youngest country. It broke from Serbia on February 17, 2008, and in 2010 the International Court of Justice declared it a sovereign nation. Despite its newfound independence, Kosovo’s unusual history actually stretches as far back as the Roman Empire. A trip there offers both a glimpse into a country working to build a future of its own making and a window into understanding how today’s Balkan states came to be. Here, everything from the cafe culture to the ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Bill Clinton, Macedonia, Serbia, International court of justice, Albania, George W Bush, Kosovo, Montenegro, Balkans, Belgrade, All, Mother Teresa, Balkan, Skopje Macedonia

The Roman Roads of Spain & Portugal Visualized as a Subway Map: Ancient History Meets Modern Graphic Design

Between the first century BC and the fourth century AD, Rome displayed what we might call an impressive ambition. In his project illustrating those chapters of history in a way no one has before, statistics student Sasha Trubetskoy has shown increasingly Roman-grade ambitions himself, at least in the realm of historical graphic design. We've previously featured his modern subway-style maps of as well as  here on Open Culture. Today, we have , the region today occupied mainly by Spain and Po...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Design, College, Spain, History, Rome, Portugal, Seoul, Iberia, Facebook Twitter, Roman Empire, Colin Marshall, Antoninus, Sasha Trubetskoy, Trubetskoy

A Tactile Map of the Roman Empire: An Innovative Map That Allowed Blind & Sighted Students to Experience Geography by Touch (1888)

From curb cuts to safer playgrounds, the public spaces we occupy have been transformed for the better as they become easier for different kinds of bodies to navigate. Closed captioning and printable transcripts benefit millions, whatever their level of ability. Accessibility tools on the web improve everyone’s experience and provide the impetus for technologies that engage more of our senses. While smell may not be a high priority for developers, attention to a sense most sighted people tend to...
Tags: Google, Europe, Maps, College, History, United States, Michigan, Facebook Twitter, Howe, Klemm, Josh Jones, Roman Empire, Perkins School, Durham NC Follow, Smithsonian Museums, Rebecca Onion

The Imperial Presidency

President Trump’s attempted end-run to fund his “beautiful” wall has been widely, and properly, denounced as a naked power grab by both the left and even some on the right. Yet if Trump’s action is ham-handed and likely dangerous, it also sadly reinforces a long-standing trend that seems to be leading us, inexorably, toward an ever-more imperial presidency. History is replete with republics that devolved into autocracies. The best-known case remains the shift of the Roman Republic into an imperi...
Tags: Supreme Court, Obama, Congress, California, Opinion, Senate, America, Barack Obama, Sport, Iran, Rome, Soccer, United States, Paris, Sheldon Adelson, Athens

Italian Artist Recreates Famous Roman Emperors Through His Realistic Sculptures

What’s the first thought that comes to mind when you think about Rome? Perhaps it’s the iconic ancient Roman gladiatorial arena – the Colosseum, or an excavated heart of the Roman Empire also known as Roman Forum, which was the center of day-to-day life in Rome many centuries ago. And although Rome has all the right to boast about its architectural heritage, today’s topic is not about that. Source
Tags: Design, History, Rome, Roma, Recreation, Emperor, Sculptures, Roman Empire, Realistic

17 Amazing Women Who Made History — That You've Never Heard Of

Update: In honor of Women's Equality Day, we're sharing this slideshow on 16 history-making women you've probably never heard of. Ahead, a look at the barriers they broke in supporting rights for all women.This story was originally published on March 8, 2016.It’s a pretty great time to be a woman. A lot remains to be done to support women’s rights around the world, but more women now have access to education, economic opportunities, and leadership roles than ever before.This progress is thanks ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, England, Hollywood, London, Minnesota, Greece, Navy, Mexico, China, Wikipedia, Singapore, America, Georgia, Rome, Harvard

A Young Man’s Self-Image is Healed in Christ

Growing up in America in the last five decades has proven to be extremely dangerous to boys and young men. One has only to consider the endless diet of harmful Hollywood nonsense that is ever present to young people (if even subliminally). Contrast Michelangelo’s sixteenth-century image of David with the main character in Paul and Chris Weitz’s infamous movie American Pie (1999). Anyone with the ability to reason ought to draw worrisome conclusions about young men and their self-perception today...
Tags: Hollywood, Featured, Media, Israel, Religion, Jerusalem, America, David, Culture, Jesus, John, Mel Gibson, Christ, Chris Weitz, Jesus Christ, Lazarus

Facing inflation alone: Juan de Mariana and his struggle against monetary chaos

Facing inflation alone: Juan de Mariana and his struggle against monetary chaos Until September 8, 1609, Juan de Mariana did not appear to have been fully aware of just how risky it can be to participate publicly in an ideological debate, especially when one places the pillar of private property at the center of one’s political and economic theory. On that day a group of armed men headed by one Miguel de Múgica broke into the Jesuit monastery at Toledo and ...
Tags: Europe, France, Religion, America, Spain, Rome, Cologne, Paris, Italy, Amsterdam, Flanders, Treasury, Vatican, Catholic Church, Jesus, Prince

Christian Unity and One Body, One Doctrine, One Spirit

Here we are in the middle of the Week of Christian Unity, bracketed by the Confession of St. Peter and the Conversion of St. Paul, the two irrefutable giants in the development and promulgation of the Church. And in today’s second reading (Eph 4:1-16) we hear Paul saying, “ There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.” That is a lot of “one...
Tags: Africa, Church, Religion, Chicago, Justin Welby, Jesus, Christ, Narnia, Jesus Christ, Ephesus, Great Britain, Peter, St Paul, PAUL, Episcopal Church, Berkeley California

Trove of Decapitated Skeletons in England Sparks Archaeological Mystery

Archaeologists are trying to figure out why so many bodies at a 1,700-year-old site in Suffolk, England, were buried alongside their decapitated heads. Read more...
Tags: England, Science, Romans, Ancient Rome, Roman Empire, Suffolk England, Skeletons, Skulls, Burials, Ancient England, Decapitations

Barcelona Itinerary: How to Spend Your Time in This Incredible City in 2019

Posted: 1/7/19 | January 7th, 2019 Barcelona is one of the most popular destinations in Europe. It’s a city that I’ve been to many times. Once a major city in the Roman Empire, the city still places an important role in the region and is home to millions of residents and visitors enjoying all the delicious sangria and gin, mouthwatering food, stunning beaches, warm weather, the rich history and culture, and unique architecture that Barcelona is famous for. Barcelona is one of the most vibrant...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Spain, Catalonia, Barcelona, Espanyol, Kabul, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Catholic, Neptune, Valencia, Gaudi, Antoni Gaudí, San Sebastian, Alexander Calder

From Knickers the steer to Turnbull's 'delicious wife': the 2018 Australian news quiz

It’s been another year of inane statements, improbable beasts and plain baffling news stories. What can you remember about the fringe events of 2018 in Australia and beyond?“This is the type of intolerant censorship we have warned about for such a long time.” What was Cory Bernardi talking about?The campaign to refuse a visa to far-right provocateur Lauren SouthernSavage Garden’s complaint about their music being on his Australia Day playlistThe suspension of Adam Giles from Sky News for hosting...
Tags: Google, England, Kim Kardashian, Instagram, Abc, Australia, Washington, US, Australia news, Earth, Paris, Queensland, Sydney, New Zealand, Jesus, Victoria

The Roman Aqueduct Of Pont Du Gard In France

In the southeast regions of France, there remains an architectural treasure from the ancient world. It is the Roman Aqueduct of Pont Du Gard. The structure built possibly around 19 BCE, is a testament to the builders, who created an engineering marvel, that survives to this day. The construction made out of limestone is both beautiful and practical in function, carrying both water and people across the Gardon River. The Pont du Gard aqueduct was added to UNESCO’s list of historically sig...
Tags: Travel, France, Rome, Unesco, United States, Duke, World Heritage Sites, Rohan, Roman Empire, BCE, Pont du Gard, Louvre Paris, Gard, Nimes, Napoleon III, Claudius

Ultra-Precise Ice Core Sampling and the Explosive Cause of the Dark Ages

536 AD was an exceedingly bad year for humanity, perhaps even “the worst year to be alive”. A mysterious fog plunged Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Asia into darkness, day and night — for 18 months. “For the sun gave forth its light without brightness, like the moon, during the whole year,” wrote Byzantine historian Procopius. Temperatures in the summer of 536 fell 1.5°C to 2.5°C, initiating the coldest decade in the past 2300 years. Snow fell that summer in China; crops failed; people s...
Tags: Asia, Europe, China, Egypt, Middle East, Jason Kottke, Roman, Roman Empire, McCormick, Pelusium, Ann Gibbons, Mayewski, Colle Gnifetti Glacier, Andrei Kurbatov

Excerpt from the Award-Winning Lexham Geographic Commentary

Each year, Christianity Today honors outstanding books most likely to shape evangelical life, thought, and culture. The Lexham Geographic Commentary on the Gospels, edited by Barry Beitzel, recently received this prestigious award for the category of Biblical Studies. The commentary delivers fresh insight by paying attention to an often overlooked component of the Gospel stories—their geographical setting. Most houses (be they of a commoner or a king) had a guest–room or lodging place (katalym...
Tags: Featured, Church, Religion, Jerusalem, Middle East, Jesus, Products, Church Of The Nativity, Bethlehem, Jericho, Mary, Joseph, Wright, Near East, Galilee, Christianity Today

Corner Office: Tristan Walker on the Roman Empire and Selling a Start-Up to Procter & Gamble

Frustrated with the “ethnic beauty” aisle and products that didn’t work, he built a company for the demographic future.
Tags: News, Mergers, Hair, Start-ups, Walker & Company, Walker, Roman Empire, Tristan, Corner Office, Acquisitions and Divestitures, Shaving and Shavers

Celebrating Saint Nicolas, the Original Santa Claus

  San Nicola di Bari In some parts of Italy the feast  of San Nicola, patron saint of Bari,  ushers in the Christmas season (stagione natalizia) with the giving of gifts (regali) on the eve or morning of December 6, his onomastico (name’s day). Although many stories of San Nicola’ s life may be mythical, he did inspire the figure of a beloved old man—whether he’s known as Babbo Natale (Father Christmas) or Santa Claus—who gives out presents in December. The son of a wealthy Christian family...
Tags: Travel, Books, New York City, Religion, Turkey, History, Culture, Egypt, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Language, Italy, Santa Claus, Christian, North America, Christmas Traditions

“Forgive Us Our Debts”: The Lord’s Prayer Is A Gospel Prayer

This article is an excerpt from my book, The Prayer that Turns the World Upside Down: The Lord’s Prayer as a Manifesto for Revolution. This post is the sixth in an eight part series on the Lord’s Prayer.  The Gospel Foundation of the Lord’s Prayer  We are a nation of debtors. Millions of young people are on the verge of bankruptcy with unpayable credit card debt that compounds yet more interest every month. The problem of school debt, often running into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, has ...
Tags: Articles, Blog, Blogging, Jesus, Sin, Luther, Christ, Forgiveness, Corinthians, Jesus Christ, Feature Article, PAUL, Martin Luther, Roman Empire, Amazon Barnes, Lord's Prayer

The Best Attractions To Visit In Rome

Rome, often referred as Comue di Roma Capitale, is the capital city of Italy that is said to have been the forefront of modern civilization and the epicenter for many traditions those in the western world hold dear. If you find yourself captivated by the historic beauty of this city that seems to have been timelessly preserved, you may consider traveling between April to October once the crowds have died down, flights to the city are much cheaper than average, and hotel rooms are cheaper; you...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Rome, Attractions, Italy, Vatican, Vatican City, Travel Guides, Roman Empire, Roma Capitale, Piazza San Pietro, Italy Rome, Tiber river Home, Flavian Amphitheater, Roman Empire The Forum, Saint Peters Square Located

A Few Musings About Collecting

I've always wanted to be a collector. I have the gene. (Although I don't have quite enough organizing ability.) But I've never had the means, or the space (which are two aspects of the same thing). I've told this story on myself before, and it's embarrassing to me now, but it's also instructive. When I was young I was very interested in books. In Washington D.C. I befriended Bill Hale of William F. Hale books and his mentor across the street, the novelist Larry McMurtry. Larry was first a reader...
Tags: Photography, Hollywood, Washington, Yale, Wall Street Journal, Collecting, Rogers, Peter, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Georgetown, Larry, Roman Empire, Amazon US, Gibbon, Bill Hale