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The Athens Ancient Agora Travels on the Net

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) Users of the Internet and specifically Google Earth have the chance to view a 3D representation the ancient Athens Agora, from anywhere in the world at 3d.athens-agora.gr Through Google Earth, the visitor may ‘wander around’ the footpaths and between the buildings of the Agora as it was during the ancient, Roman and Hellenistic periods.   The programme – designed and developed by the Foundation of the Hellenic World (FHW) – won first prize at the international Collada Contest.

It was an offspring of the project “Virtual Reality Digital Collection ‘Ancient Agora of Athens,” which aimed at the development and documentation of an original digital collection on the Ancient Agora of Athens that would be used for the development of creative educational scenarios in virtual reality environments.  Archaeologists, architects and researchers collaborated with 3D graphics designers, Virtual Reality programmers, scriptwriters, musicians, Internet graphic designers and programmers and scientists in order to complete this important work of digitization of immaterial culture of the past.

Significant Hellenistic Statue Found in Alexandria

(ALEX1GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   “A very importantHellenistic statue, very rare in terms of craftsmanship and beauty, and one that depicts a great figure of Hellenic history,” was unearthed on May 4 in Alexandria announced the director of the Hellenic Research Institute of Alexandrian Civilisation.  The 80cm-tall statue was found in very good condition and retains numerous characteristics reminiscent of statues depicting Alexander the Great, however, further investigation is needed to define the identity of the figure it depicts.  The specific statue is regarded as the most important discovery made in Alexandria in recent times, and will soon be on display at the city’s archaeological museum. 

Hellenistic Studies at Library of Alexandria

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)    The ancient world’s beacon of knowledge, the Library of Alexandria in Egypt – Bibliotheca Alexandrina – has acquired a Centre of Hellenistic Studies which was inaugurated on November 28, and will soon offer a new programme including post-graduate and doctoral courses in Hellenistic studies. The Centre, part of a joint initiative of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation and the Vardinoyannis Foundation – will open in the next academic year, with funding by each of these foundations and the Alexandria University, under the auspices of Egyptian first lady Suzanne Mubarak, all part of the Alexandria Library partnership. Deputy Foreign Minister Theodoros Kassimis inaugurated the Centre, and UN Goodwill Ambassador Marianna Vardinoyannis attended the event.  Athens News Agency: Hellenistic Studies in Alexandria; Greek News Agenda: Hellenistic Studies @ Biblioteca Alexandrina 

Greek excavations on Kuwait’s Failaka isle reveal Hellenistic period findings

(ATHENS NEWS AGENCY-MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY)  Archaeological excavations on Failaka Island, located 20 km off the coast of Kuwait City in the extreme western end of the Persian Gulf, have brought to light a series of significant Hellenistic period findings, beginning roughly during the period immediately following the death of Alexander the Great. Remains of a fort, temple, shrine, and ancient Greek inscriptions have been unearthed, with the discoveries presented during a press conference at the culture ministry in Athens on Tuesday by Greek archaeologists working at the site in cooperation with the Kuwaiti government. Continue reading