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The daily life in ancient Athens is usually perceived, subconsciously at least, as a stress free, benign environment where one may well encounter a Perikles or a Sokrates while strolling casually through the Agora or visiting the Akropolis. Even the 3D virtual reality constructions of the city portray brightly painted buildings and safe, trash-free streets and alleys devoid of sinister characters. The look of a Disneyland spick and span and odorless before it opens for the day for the visitors is the impression most have of “Classical Athens”.

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78-21-036 Taranto Museum, Apulian krater with 3x3 Doric naiskos housin shield, helmet and armed figure

Taranto Museum, Apulian krater with 3x3 Doric naiskos housin shield, helmet and armed figure (Professor Fred Winter, 1978)

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The winter of 2017 is in full force here in Athens. Our new undergraduate intern, Holly Patrick, was greeted with southern Ontario style winter weather instead of the much benigner “winters” we have had here for the past few years. Holly is a third year undergraduate at the University of Waterloo, majoring in Classical Studies and minoring in History and Religious Studies. A native of Chatham, Ontario, she visited Greece two years ago as part of a three week study tour organized by Prof. Craig Hardiman of the University of Waterloo.

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