It is almost incomprehensible that these colour photographs were taken in Russian Empire a century ago, even before the beginning of World War I! Such early years as 1909-1915, the years that these pictures were taken, are deeply engraved in our imagination as the world of black and white. …
UNESCO World Heritage Centre: Bukhara center. Outstanding.
Monte Facho, Cape Finisterre, Spain
Mythology: There are several rocks in this area associated with religious legends, such as the “holy stones”, the “stained wine stones”, the “stone chair”, and the tomb of the Celtic crone-goddess Orcabella. She takes the form of a hag and has a remarkable sexual appetite. She has many features that are similar to the Irish crone-goddess, Cailleach Bhéirre.
Greco-Roman historians called the local residents the “Nerios” since Monte Facho was the place were the Celtic Nerios from Duio carried out their offerings and rites in honor of the sun.
San Guillerme, аlsо known аs St. William of Penacorada, lived іn а house located оn Monte Facho. Near his house іs а stone nоw known аs “St William’s Stone”. Sterile couples used tо copulate оn St. William’s Stone tо try tо conceive, following а Celtic rite оf fertility.
History: From the 10th to 7th century BC a village existed on the site but little is known about it except that it was large. In the 6th century BC, the Celtic Gallaeci tribe started construction on a castro (fort) and continued building until the 1st century BC. Parts of the walls, moat and buildings from this era can still be seen.
In the 2nd-4th centuries AD, Monte Facho was a sanctuary dedicated to the worship of the Gallaecian deity Berobreus, god of the Otherworld and beyond. A Roman road to the top of the mountain still remains. The site eventually declined after that period but in the 18th century it was used again as a military lookout point. A gatehouse survives from that era.
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Archaeologists working in the western desert of Egypt have discovered a school dating back about 1,700 years that contains ancient Greek writings on its walls, including a text about ancient drug use that references Homer’s “The Odyssey.” The school — which contains benches that students could sit on to read, or stand on and write on the walls — dates back to a time when the Roman Empire controlled Egypt, and Greek was widely spoken. In 2001, a new exploration project at Amheida, now sponsored primarily by New York University, led to the discovery of the school, its Greek writings and more art scenes from the house. In the ancient world, schools were often part of other places — like private residences, city halls or temples — and, as such, are very difficult for archaeologists to identify, Raffaella Cribiore, a professor at New York University, wrote in the journal Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik (a journal that publishes ancient texts).