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The Archaeological Museum of Sparta

15.05.2018 in Museums

The Archaeological Museum of Sparta     Thousands of finds from the Lacedaemon province and surrounding areas of the Laconia prefecture are housed in the Archaeological Museum of Sparta, the first provincial museum of Greece.   Founded in Sparta in 1833 by the German archaeologist Ludwig Ross, the original Archaeological Museum of Sparta was housed in the church of Agios Panteleimonas. Though destroyed by fire, the Museum would be rebuilt by the Ephorate of Antiquities, Panagiotis Stamatakis, who with 288 ancient objects opened its doors and grew a strong following for the budding museum. Between 1874 and 1876, additional construction…

Leonidas: the sacrifice of a king

18.04.2018 in History

Leonidas: the sacrifice of a king   Leonidas is a widely known hero king, an example of self-immolation and defiance of despotism. He and a force of 300 Spartan troops sacrificed themselves after a fierce battle against the Persians in 480 BCE. The narrow pass of Thermopylae is a sacred grave, a symbol of the highest of the human values: freedom.   The Greek historian Herodotus describes the lineage of Leonidas going back to the mythical hero Hercules. His father, the Spartan king Anaxandrides, had four sons and therefore, it seemed unlikely for Leonidas to represent the Royal House of…