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June 28, 2006

Debevec’s Parthenon

Posted at 9:45 pm in Acropolis

Computer graphics researcher Paul Debevec created an amazingly realistic visualisation of the Parthenon based on three-dimensional scans of the monument. The film which was made from this model was first shown at SIGGRAPH in 2004.
The film will be shown again at the 2006 Festival of Visual Effects.

Animation World Network

VES Festival to Highlight Shorts and Other Special Programs
June 28, 2006

The 2006 Festival of Visual Effects will feature a lineup of revolving showcases highlighting the creativity of digital visual effects artists from the earliest pioneers to the latest innovators. These four different programs will complement the previously announced schedule of panels and presentations being held at this year’s Festival, July 6-8, at the famed Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California. Each program will be scheduled at least once per day and will be shown at the Steven Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian Theatre complex.

Visual Effects Society (VES) exec director Eric Roth noted: “…Seeing the short films we’re screening in a terrific room like the Spielberg Theatre is a rare opportunity and we’re expecting not only working professionals, but students and fans of film to take advantage of it.”
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June 13, 2006

Pressure for inclusion in new Seven Wonders

Posted at 8:39 pm in Acropolis

Throughout this year, it is possible for Members of the public to vote online to decide on a new list of the Seven Wonders of the World. One of the shortlist sites is the Acropolis in Athens.

In an attempt to increase their chances of inclusion, the Spanish have taken the decision to place internet terminals pointing to the voting website within the grounds of the Alhambra Palace.

Typically Spanish

Last Updated: Jun 12th, 2006 – 22:38:56
Computer terminals in Alhambra grounds
By m.p.
Mon, 12 Jun 2006, 22:36

The Alhambra Foundation in Granada has decided to give a helping hand to voting for the New Seven Wonders of the World, by installing computer terminals in the grounds of the monument.

There are 21 sites around the world on the shortlist for voting as one of the New 7 Wonders, including the Acropolis, Stonehenge, the Colosseum, the Easter Island Statues and the Great Wall of China. The Alhambra is the only finalist in Spain.

The New Seven Wonders will be announced on New Year’s Day 2007. Voting can be made on


May 25, 2006

Acropolis restoration progress

Posted at 12:36 pm in Acropolis

The Acropolis restoration is continuing to progress in many areas simultaneously. Here, Haralambos Bouras talks in more detail about the current state of the repairs.

Kathimerini (English Edition)

Thursday May 25, 2006
Acropolis project inches ahead

Three basic restoration programs on the Acropolis monuments are moving along on target and are expected to be completed by the end of the year, a senior official said yesterday.

Haralambos Bouras, the president of the Conservation of Acropolis Monuments (YSMA), said that many attempts were made in 2005 to push ahead with improvements to the country’s most famous landmark despite new obstacles arising.
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May 12, 2006

Did the Parthenon sculptures portray images from Genesis?

Posted at 1:08 pm in Acropolis, Elgin Marbles

A 600 slide PowerPoint presentation has been released as an expansion on the material in the Robert Bowie Johnson Junior’s book The Parthenon Code: Mankind’s History in Marble. I have already written about my thoughts on this book previously.

PR Newswire

12 May 2006
Ancient Greek Images Portrayed Genesis Events – Independent Record of Mankind’s Origins Uncovered

ANNAPOLIS, Md., May 11 /PRNewswire/ — Solving Light Books announced today the release of a 600-slide PowerPoint presentation, an expansion of the book, “The Parthenon Code: Mankind’s History in Marble” (ISBN: 0970543832) by Robert Bowie Johnson, Jr. The PowerPoint restores the east pediment of the Parthenon in color by computer, explains its meaning and, displaying more than 500 ancient images, shows that the characters and events portrayed in Greek art match those described in the early chapters of Genesis. Only the viewpoint is different. The Greeks believed that the serpent enlightened, rather than deluded, the first couple in paradise.
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May 5, 2006

Athena’s worshipers want to use the Acropolis

Posted at 1:00 pm in Acropolis

More details on the request by Greek worshipers of the Olympian gods to be allowed to worship them in the ancient temples which were originally dedicated to them.

The Guardian

Greek gods prepare for comeback
Helena Smith in Athens
Friday May 5, 2006
The Guardian

It has taken almost 2,000 years, but those who worship the 12 gods of ancient Greece have finally triumphed. An Athens court has ordered that the adulation of Zeus, Hera, Hermes, Athena and co is to be unbanned, paving the way for a comeback of pagans on Mount Olympus.

The followers, who say they “defend the genuine traditions, religion and ethos” of the ancients by adhering to a pre-Christian polytheistic culture, are poised to take their battle to the temples of Greece.
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April 18, 2006

Worshipers of Zeus want to use the Acropolis

Posted at 12:30 pm in Acropolis

People who worship the twelve gods of Mount Olympus are planning on asking the Greek government if they can practice their faith at various ancient sites which were originally dedicated to these gods, such as the Acropolis.
There is already a precedent for the use of ancient monuments in this way, where Stonehenge is visited by modern day druids for the summer solstice celebrations. The neo-pagans probably have as much connection to the original users of the temples as the neo-druids do with Stonehenge (the first recorded druidic ceremonies at the site in modern times were in 1905).

Kathimerini (English Edition)

Monday April 17, 2006
Zeus worshippers want to head for Acropolis

Worshippers of the 12 gods of Mount Olympus are planning to ask the government to allow them to practice their faith at ancient sites like the Acropolis, sources told Sunday’s Kathimerini.
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April 15, 2006

The iconic value of Greece’s cultural heritage

Posted at 12:45 pm in Acropolis, Greece Archaeology

Greece is publishing a series of stamps depicting artefacts from Greek museums. One of the stamps in the first set issued will show a piece from the collection of the current Acropolis Museum. They see it partly as a way of encouraging tourism – letters sent out from the country to abroad will each carry images of some of the country’s cultural highlights.

Kathimerini (English Edition)

Saturday April 15, 2006
Stamps: Cultural messengers on an envelope

Our ancient heritage and history is traveling the world on a series of postage stamps titled «Greek Museums,» released on April 7. Our museums are a major attraction for both Greek and foreigners all year round. Every visit is a unique journey into the past, into knowledge and tradition. The first selection depicts exhibits from the National Archaeological Museum (Greece’s largest museum and one of the world’s best for ancient sculpture), the Acropolis Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art (with its prehistoric and Cycladic artifacts), the National Gallery-Alexandros Soutsos Museum with its modern Greek art, and the Benaki Museum with its 33,000 exhibits. What foreigner who receives a letter stamped with the Kouros of Anavyssos would not want to come and see the original?

April 13, 2006

Copy of Propylaea column completed

Posted at 1:01 pm in Acropolis

As part of the long running Acropolis restoration project, restorers have carved out of marble an exact replica of one of the column capitals from the Propylaea. The capital is being displayed at ground level until after the summer when it will be positioned correctly on the building.

The Guardian

Acropolis Restorers Unveil Copy of Column
Thursday April 13, 2006 5:01 AM
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ATHENS, Greece (AP) – Greece on Wednesday unveiled a marble replica of a column capital to be used in the ongoing mammoth Acropolis restoration project.

The 2.2-ton capital will sit atop a column in the monumental Propylaea gate leading to the Parthenon.
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April 1, 2006

Parthenon’s geometric & sculptural secrets explained in Nashville

Posted at 1:01 pm in Acropolis

In the last three hundred or so years, archaeologists, artists, architects & mathematicians have begun to rediscover some of the secrets designed into the Parthenon – from the geometric corrections in the angles of its columns, to the way in which the sculptures were carved. A seminar at the copy of the Parthenon in Nashville will help explain these using the most accurate replica existing of the original building (but bear in mind that although the building itself may be similar, much about the Parthenon is derived from its context on the Acropolis rock – something that Nashville’s Centennial Park can never hope to emulate.)

Nashville City Paper

Symposium explains Parthenon’s structural oddities, sculptural secrets
By Alexa Hinton
March 31, 2006

A closer look at the façade of Centennial Park’s Parthenon will reveal that the columns do not stand exactly vertical but instead all lean inward slightly, said Parthenon Director Wesley Paine. The temple’s horizontal lines curve slightly, and the columns, which appear to taper off evenly in width from bottom to top, are actually widest in diameter about a third of the way.

“There are mathematical and structural oddities that make the building look so perfect,” Paine said. “The Parthenon is not the only ancient temple to have these refinements, but it is regarded that they all come together most beautifully in this building.”
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March 8, 2006

Archaeologists examine Acropolis for erosion

Posted at 12:38 pm in Acropolis

As part of the ongoing restoration problem on the Acropolis, a team of experts have been surveying the walls of the monument to see if water seepage is causing any damage. It is interesting to note that the surface of the Acropolis that we see today is the result of excavations – originally the ground was higher in many areas.

Kathimerini (English Edition)

Tuesday March 7, 2006
Acropolis mountain climbing

Archaeologists carrying out conservation work on Greece’s most prized monument have hit on a new extreme sport, one unlikely to feature in visitor tours anytime soon — rappeling down the walls of the Acropolis, the ancient citadel overlooking Athens.

Part of an operation to determine the condition of the walls — which are over 2,300 years old — the stunt teamed conservation experts with veteran mountaineers enlisted to place electrode sensors on the citadel’s southern side, a senior archaeologist said on Sunday.
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February 27, 2006

Casts of Parthenon Marbles for auction

Posted at 10:15 pm in Acropolis

On 28th February, Sothebys are holding an auction of plaster casts from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Amongst the items for sale are three casts of sculptures from the Parthenon. These comprise Lot 76 – a Metope, Lot 105 – Metope fragments & Lot 169 – Two frieze panels.
This auction is interesting, as museums generally only very rarely deaccession items from their collections. In the case of many British museums, their charters expressly forbid them from doing so. The fact that the items are being sold suggests that they are probably in poor condition now.


Art Market Watch
Feb. 27, 2006

After more than 100 years in the Metropolitan Museum collection, nearly 200 19th-century plaster casts of classical sculptures and architectural details go on the block at Sotheby’s New York on Feb. 28, 2006. On view in a special study gallery at the Met until the 1950s, the casts are now in a state of fashionable dishabille — and are being offered without reserve. Who might want them? Decorators, perhaps, or collectors with an empty hall or two. Among the items are casts from the pediments of the Temple of Zeus at Olympia, reliefs from the Parthenon and the Pergamon Altar and the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris.


February 21, 2006

New IMAX film features virtual Parthenon replica

Posted at 9:22 pm in Acropolis

The film Greece: Secrets of the Past, a travelogue created specifically for the IMAX format features a computer generated model of the Parthenon, allowing to see it how it might once have looked (something that has been possible in a number of previous television documentaries). This reconstruction benefits from the high resolution / large scale of the IMAX format, which allows the viewer to see the building at life size – possibly the closest you will be able to get to actually being there.

Seattle Times

Monday, February 20, 2006 – Page updated at 12:00 AM
Movie Review
Rebuilding of Parthenon worth price of admission
By John Hartl
Special to The Seattle Times

Digital-visual effects have transformed the movies during the past decade. One of the most dazzling examples is the reconstruction of the Parthenon in Greg MacGillivray’s dynamic new IMAX travelogue, “Greece: Secrets of the Past.”

MacGillivray’s floating cameras swoop around the fabulous Athens ruin, as tourists explore the exterior and what’s left of a 40-foot statue that was originally made of gold and ivory. Then, as the visitors gawk, the broken columns are filled in, the paint is restored, the cracks disappear and the glittering statue suddenly towers above them, seemingly ready to spring to life.
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