3 thoughts on “A new book on the Parthenon

  1. Lauren Rauch

    very interesting, i was surprising to find out that it depicts human sacrifice, rather than a celebration.

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  2. Cody Nester

    It is always an eye opening experience to learn something new about a culture one thought they understood. An obsession with appeasing the Gods is not a surprise, especially in a society where voodoo-like rituals were common place and people believed they would work. The gods demanded a lot of death according to the Athens origin myth so it is no surprise the people wanted to keep up with this trend.

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  3. Zane Allison

    The article mentions that the mummy clue was like something out of a detective story, but the whole thing is, really. The story of Connelly and the Parthenon highlights that to understand anything from the distant past, one must dig around a bit. Incomplete texts, outdated consensuses, and disagreements abound and one must find their way through that to come to any conclusion. I liked the exploration into how dark some of the rituals that the ancient greeks practiced were; however, I think it would be a mistake to say those practices made them foreign to modern people. That view overlooks how dark some of the actions of the modern world are.

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