Archive for desember, 2015


Archaeologist Claims to Have Unlocked Phaistos Disk Mystery


The goddess of love, the Minoan Astarte, is the key figure that unlocks the mystery of the Phaistos Disk, according to linguist, archaeologist and coordinator of the program Erasmus of Crete Technological Institute; Gareth Owens.

Speaking to the ANA – MPA news agency, Owens said that after new data found in his research, his theory has changed slightly compared to the position he had expressed about a year ago. The focus is no longer the “pregnant mother”, as originally estimated, but a “pregnant goddess” that takes shape in the face of Astarte, the goddess of love.

“There is no doubt that we are talking about a religious text. This is clear from a comparison made with other religious words from other inscriptions from the holy mountains of Crete. We have words that are exactly the same,” Owens said and added, “I suspect that the Phaistos Disc is a hymn before Astarte, the goddess of love. Words such as those mentioned on the disk have been found on Minoan offerings and as with today’s offerings, people pray when they are troubled, because of health problems or personal reasons. Man doesn’t change, after all.”

The archaeologist said he believes, moreover, that one side of the Phaistos Disk is dedicated to the pregnant mother goddess and the other to Minoan goddess Astarte.

On the importance of the figure, Owens noted that Minoan Astarte was the goddess of love, war and the mountains and her origin lies in the east. “From ancient Mesopotamia, located in today’s Turkey, Astarte went to Cyprus and became Venus,” he said.

— Eleni

[Red.:s tillägg: för andra lösningar (inklusive en av norske filologen Kjell Aartun) — «Message from Talaino to the Cretans», «Documentation of a Sexual Rite», «Voting Offering to Appease the Gods» — se T. Balister, The Phaistos Disk, Mähringen 2000, s. 91ff.]

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World Congress “Aristotle 2400 Years”



May 23-28, 2016

The “Interdisciplinary Centre for Aristotle Studies,” of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is proud to announce the World Congress “Aristotle 2400 Years” which is to be held at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in ancient Stageira and in ancient Mieza, under the auspices of the President of the Hellenic Republic. The Congress has the support of the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie (FISP), of the Academy of Athens, of the Research Centre for Greek Philosophy of the Academy of Athens and of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO.

Aristotle, who was born in Stageira, Macedonia, in 384 BC, is the universal philosopher, whose work has left an indelible mark on the Classical, Hellenistic and Graeco-Roman world, on the Byzantine scholarly tradition, on the Arab world, on the Medieval Europe and continues to exercise influence on the intellectual life of contemporary Western civilization.

He is the philosopher whose work spreads over the broadest range of topics, covering all major branches of Philosophy such as Logic, Dialectic, Syllogistic, Metaphysics, Political-Moral Philosophy, Rhetoric, Poetics and extending in an impressive way into areas related to all fundamental scientific disciplines, such as Physics, Biology, Zoology, Botany, Taxonomy, Mathematics, Meteorology, Astronomy, Geology, Psychology, Medicine, Economics, Humanities, Law and Political Science, Economics, Health Sciences and even Technological Sciences.

The aim of the Congress is to advance scholarship on all aspects of Aristotle’s work; a work whose impact is unique in volume of influence in the history of the human thought; a work which continues to be present in the intellectual evolution of Western civilization, thus becoming an integral and essential part of its cultural heritage. We believe that such work deserves to be studied not only for its long-standing influence, but also for its relevance for the 21st century. Furthermore, the insights in Aristotle’s work, in the light of new discoveries in contemporary sciences, can enable us to build the conceptual bridges between scientific thought and philosophical reflection; it can also offer the paradigm par excellence for an interdisciplinary approach of knowledge.

The organizers invite papers on all aspects of Aristotle’s philosophy. Particularly welcome are interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches of the Stageirite’s work, as well as approaches investigating its relevance today and its potential to lead us to a deeper understanding of concepts, ideas and problems of our own era in a global scale.

The Congress will be the high spot of all events to be organized worldwide in 2016 for the celebration of the “Aristotle Anniversary Year”, as it has the unique privilege to be held at the Aristotle University, which bears the Stageirite’s name, in ancient Stageira, the birthplace of Aristotle and in ancient Mieza, the place where Aristotle taught Alexander the Great; nonetheless, because leading Aristotle scholars on a global scale are participating as Invited Speakers and as members of the Honorary and the Scientific Committee. Furthermore, there is already an impressive number of contributed papers from an equally impressive number of countries all over the world

— Eleni


Archaeological Society denies claims of Agamemnon throne discovery

The Athens Archaeological Society has denied recent press reports that archaeologists have discovered part of the throne of Agamemnon, king of Mycenae.

In a letter to the Greek culture ministry, the society’s general secretary Vassilis Petrakos, who is also supervising excavations in Mycenae, in the north-eastern Peloponnese, said that claims by fellow archaeologist Christofilis Maggidis, who is field director of the dig, are unfounded.

He said that a team of experts had been sent to the site to examine the findings, a 50 kilo slab said to be part of the ancient king’s stone chair, and dating back to the last historical phase of the palace at Mycenae. The team concluded that there was no scientific evidence to back Maggidis’s claim.

The shape of the finding, the experts said, suggests it was more likely part of a household or craft utensil.

Petrakos said the allegation marked an “unfortunate, if not deliberate, scientific diversion.”

The Mycenaean civilization flourished in the late Bronze Age, from the 15th to the 13th century BC. Its influence spread throughout the Peloponnese but also across the Aegean, Crete and the Cycladic islands.

Agamemnon was commander-in-chief of the Greeks in the Trojan War, as recounted by Homer. Although a mythical figure, Agamemnon may have been a reflection of an actual king.



Free Wi-Fi at 19 major archeological sites and museums around Greece


A proposal by Greek telecom company Cosmote to provide free Wi-Fi at 19 major archeological sites and museums around Greece was approved by the Central Archaeological Council (CAC), Greece’s highest advisory body on the country’s cultural heritage. This means that Cosmote will undertake the design and studies for the development of the infrastructure network, the installation and construction costs, as well as the supervision of operation and maintenance. The company will prepare an on-site study which will be submitted for approval to the Ministry of Culture.

Archeological sites included as part of the project:

– Akrotiri, Santorini

– Delos

– Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights, Rhodes

– Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens

– National Archeological Museum

– Acropolis

– Ancient Olympia

– Archeological Museum of Herakleion

– Acropolis of Lindos

– Knossos

– Delphi

– Epidaurus

– Sounion

– Acropolis of Mycenae

– Spinalonga island, Crete

– Royal Tombs of Aigai, Vergina

– Dodona

– Ancient Corinth

– Archeological Museum of Thessaloniki

The initiative has been welcomed by locals. “It is a humanitarian issue to have this internet connection on Delos,” said Dimitris Athanasoulis, a member of the Council and head of the Ephorate in Cyclades. He described the initaitive as “excellent and valuable”, especially for the site of Delos “were even telephone communication is insufficient”.

The project will be tried first at Akrotiri, Delos, the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights in Rhodes and the Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens, while the company didn’t exclude the possibility of expanding the sponsorship to more than these 19 sites.

— Eleni