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Funerary model, Egypt, Middle Empire, 12th Dynasty (1990-1786 BCE)
Sycamore wood, lacquered and painted
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon
Attribution: Photograph by Rama, Wikimedia Commons
HISTORY MEME I : 1/2 Natural Disasters - Mount Vesuvius Eruption of 79 AD
“The buildings were now shaking with violent shocks and seemed to be swaying to and fro as if they were torn from their foundations… Broad sheets of flame were lighting up many parts of Vesuvius; their light and brightness were the more vivid for the darkness of the night… it was daylight now elsewhere in the world, but there the darkness was darker and thicker than any night.” - Pliny the Younger
Gold Diadem from Alexandria, Ptolemaic Period in Ancient Egypt,c. 220-100 B.C.
i’m dying this couldn’t be more accurate.
Ceramic Squat Oinochoe
Greece, Corinth, 590-570 B.C.
Height: 21.59 cm
Feline markers of ivory were used for a game called Mehen that symbolized the victory of the sun god. These markers were found in subsidiary graves as well as in royal tombs. This lioness game piece dates from Dynasty 1, ca. 2950 B.C. [Credit: The Oriental Institute]
Bird-shaped vessel, Naqada III, ca. 3200-3100 B.C. [Credit: The Oriental Institute]
METYHMNA / LESVOS
Very little is excavated from the archaic or earlier periods of ancient Methymna. Polygonal walls with large blocks are visible in various parts of the town.
An archaeological map of Lesvos:
The Archaic Period of Methymna
Very little is known about Methymna in the Archaic period. The story of Arion and the dolphin, which involves the Corinthian tyrant Periander and is evidently set at the turn of the 7th century BCE, suggests that Methymna was already a prominent city with far-reaching contacts across the Greek world at this period. Herodotus tells us that at some point in the Archaic period, Methymna enslaved the city of Arisba on Lesbos: this will have greatly increased the territory of Methymna, as well as giving it access to the fertile land around the Gulf of Kalloni. We are also told by a local historian, Myrsilus of Methymna, who wrote in the first half of the 3rd century BCE, that Methymna founded the city of Assos which was on the coast of Asia Minor opposite Methymna. However, another local historian, Hellanicus of Mytilene, writing in the mid-5th century BCE, instead simply says Assos was an Aeolian foundation and does not specify a particular city as its founder. This has led some historians to doubt Myrsilus, and instead suggest that this is an example of “local Methymnaean manipulation of the past”, although this could equally be true of Hellanicus.
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