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Minoan Language and writing

 Clay tablets dating to around 3000 BC were found with the various Cretan scripts. Clay tablets seem to have been in use from around 3000 BC or earlier. Two clay cups from Knossos have been found to have remnants of ink, and inkwells similar to the animal-shaped inkstands from Mesopotamia have also been found. Sometimes […]

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Μinoan Αrchitecture

The Minoan cities were connected with stone-paved roads, formed from blocks cut with bronze saws. Streets were drained and water and sewer facilities were available to the upper class, through clay pipes. Minoan buildings often had flat tiled roofs; plaster, wood, or flagstone floors, and stood two to three storeys high. Typically the lower walls […]

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Minoan Decorated Jug, ca. 1575-1500 B.C.E

Minoan Civilization

The Minoan civilization was an Aegean Bronze Age civilization that arose on the island of Crete and flourished from approximately 2700 to 1450 BC. It was rediscovered at the beginning of the 20th century through the work of British archaeologist Arthur Evans. Will Durant referred to it as “the first link in the European chain.” […]

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Symposium North Wall

Symposium (Plato)

The Symposium (Ancient Greek: Συμπόσιον) is a philosophical text by Plato dated c. 385–380 BC. It concerns itself at one level with the genesis, purpose and nature of love, and (in latter-day interpretations) is the origin of the concept of Platonic love. Love is examined in a sequence of speeches by men attending a symposium, […]

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The School of Athens or Scuola di Atene by Raphael

The School of Athens or Scuola di Atene by Raphael

 The School of Athens, or Scuola di Atene in Italian, is one of the most famous frescoes by the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael. It was painted between 1509 and 1510 as a part of Raphael’s commission to decorate with frescoes the rooms now known as the Stanze di Raffaello, in the Apostolic Palace in the […]

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The Spirit of Athens hosted the first Athens Grease Festival in 2012 as a celebration of all things fried and the Greek origin of the city’s name.

The Spirit of Athens hosted the first Athens Grease Festival in 2012 as a celebration of all things fried and the Greek origin of the city’s name.

Athens Grease Festival organizers are frying up a batch of fun for this year’s third annual event, and the fun may put downtown Athens on the menu to make history. In June, the Guinness Book of World Records approved a “Largest Toga Party” attempt by the Athens Grease Festival on Sept. 27. “Our festival draws […]

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Athena in the Parthenon in Nashville Tennessee. Photo by David Padfield

The Parthenon — in Athens, Greece, and in Athens of the South

The Parthenon in Athens, Greece, is one of the most famous architectural landmarks on earth. The building was erected on the Acropolis in the fifth century B.C. According to Fant and Reddish, “the cult statue of Athena stood in the east cella, surrounded by a colonnade of twenty-three columns and an entrance portico with six […]

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Athens of Indiana Arts Studios & Gallery. Gallery and Studio center – promoting and selling artwork of local artists

Three reasons to buy local art this holiday season and beyond!   1. Original works are alive Direct from the artist’s hand, an original painting or sculpture, finely crafted jewelry or turned wood may be more expensive than a copy, but it’s alive with the artist’s spirit and vision! Nothing mass-produced by an anonymous machine […]

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Athens Grease Festival organizers pose with fried delights at the historic Limestone County Courthouse in downtown Athens. Back row from left, Betsy Hyman, Christy Hubbard and Trisha Black. Front row from left, Holly Hollman and Letisha Brinkley. (The Huntsville Times/courtesy photo)

ATHENS, Alabama — If the Greek goddess Athena wanted to dine on a fried corn fritter, she would feel at home in Athens on Saturday.

ATHENS, Alabama — If the Greek goddess Athena wanted to dine on a fried corn fritter, she would feel at home in Athens on Saturday. The city will stage the inaugural Athens Grease Festival to celebrate the Greek origin of its name and Southerners’ love of all things fried. The Spirit of Athens will present […]

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