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4 LOOTING THE REMAINS Fortifying Athens against a Turkish counterattack proved too difficult, so the Venetians decided to abandon the city they had just won at such a terrible cost. ” A priority was the sculptures on the Parthenon’s western gable, and especially the two horses pulling Athena’s chariot. However, while attempting to remove these pieces they fell to the ground and shattered. The looting party did manage to remove many other major works of art, including the metopes (square, sculpted panels) that are today displayed in Copenhagen and Paris.

These are some of the tangible remains of Scandinavian expeditions to America a thousand years ago, and they testify to the Vikings being the first Europeans to deliberately try to colonize the New World some 500 years before Columbus claimed it for the Spanish Crown. EDUARDO MORALES ROMERO MORALES ROMERO HAS SPENT MOST OF HIS LIFE IN SCANDINAVIA INVESTIGATING ITS VIKING PAST. Tracing the Sagas Throughout the 1970s the Danish archaeologist Peter Schledermann conducted a series of research projects in Inuit settlements on the east cost of Ellesmere Island, Canada.

The looting party did manage to remove many other major works of art, including the metopes (square, sculpted panels) that are today displayed in Copenhagen and Paris. FRAGMENT FROM THE PARTHENON’S EASTERN FRIEZE, ACQUIRED BY THE FRENCH AMBASSADOR IN CONSTANTINOPLE IN 1784. LOUVRE MUSEUM, PARIS AN IRIS HEAD FROM THE WESTERN GABLE OF THE PARTHENON, BROUGHT TO VENICE IN 1687 AND NOW IN THE LOUVRE MUSEUM, PARIS, FRANCE LEFT TO RIGHT, TOP TO BOTTOM: BRIDGEMAN/ACI; CORDON PRESS; PHOTOAISA; WHITE IMAGES/SCALA, FLORENCE PRAETORIANS: SWORDS OF THE EMPEROR The Praetorian Guard were the elite of the Roman army, with privileges, prestige, and political power to match.

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