Friday, September 30, 2005

Ancient Statues Found On Crete

Archaeologists have discovered two life size statues of Hera and Athena in the city of Gortyn on Crete. The statues date from the Roman Period.
It appears that the statues fell over during an earthquake in the fourth century when the city was destroyed. The excavation team hopes to find more artifacts when they resume their work, Lack of funds has bedeviled the research for most of the last century.
The site has had a long history. "Gortyn, the Roman capital of Crete, was first inhabited around 3000 B.C., and was a flourishing Minoan town between 1600-1100 B.C. It prospered during classical and Roman times, and was destroyed by an Arab invasion (really?) in A.D. 824." Maybe that was just retaliation for Zeus abducting Europa from Lebanon. "Greek mythology has it that the town witnessed one of Zeus' many affairs - with the princess Europa whom the god, disguised as a bull, abducted from Lebanon. Europe was named after Europa, who conceived her first son with Zeus under a plane tree in Gortyn." I guess that settles it, it's all Zeus' fault then.
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