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A swordfish in Agia Galini

A swordfish in Agia Galini

A dead swordfish in Agia Galini. The name of the species, Xiphias gladius, incorporates the ancient Greek word for swordfish (xiphias), still used in modern Greek, and the Latin word for sword (gladius).

Photographed by Josho Brouwers

The Lion of Kea

The Lion of Kea

An Archaic enigma

A great stone monument dated to the Archaic period (ca. 600 BC), the Lion of Kea is an impressive early Greek monument. But it is almost entirely ignored in the history of Greek art.

Written by Matthew Lloyd

Donkeys at Psychro Cave

Donkeys at Psychro Cave

It’s a long climb up the mountain to reach the Psychro Cave in Crete. Visitors who don’t want to walk up to the archaeological site can make use of the local donkey train. (Some animals used on the path are mules, i.e. a cross between a horse and a donkey.)

Photographed by Josho Brouwers

A donkey figurine from Gubbio

A donkey figurine from Gubbio

The small archaeological collection of the Duomo in Gubbio, Umbria, features a small terracotta figurine of a donkey, the most common pack animal of the ancient world.

Written by Josho Brouwers

Arion and the dolphin

Arion and the dolphin

The story of Arion and the dolphin is an entertaining and almost certainly fictitious tale that may, however, have a deeper meaning.

Written by Josho Brouwers

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