Sacred Precincts
A Tartessian sanctuary in ancient Spain By Sebastián Celestino Pérez, Carolina López-Ruiz

When the Phoenicians arrived on the Iberian peninsula, probably at the end of the ninth century B.C., they came into contact with an indigenous people called the Tartessians. The two cultures soon fused. The hybrid culture produced by this fusion of peoples is evident in a mysterious structure at Cancho Roano, deep in […]

Sirens & phinxes & gorgons in Greek art By Despoina Tsiafakis

Do not be deceived by the alluring mythological creatures known as sirens, sphinxes and gorgons. Their feminine faces belie a ferocity and frightening power, which the ancient Greeks expressed in poetry, sculpture and painting. Sirens lured their prey with seductive songs. Sphinxes posed fatal riddles and snatched away the unsuspecting. Gorgons had faces so […]

The Mystery of Theoderic’s Tomb Solved!
The sixth-century A.D. Roman-gothic king built it to last By Harry Rand

One of the most mysterious buildings in all of Western architecture—the tomb of Theoderic (454–526 C.E.), king of the Ostrogoths (see the sidebar to this article)—glowers at the end of a tree-lined avenue in Ravenna, Italy. The tomb’s heavy, brooding presence has prompted one modern observer to describe it as a “monstrous object flung […]


Editors’ Page: Why Not Work with Salvors?
The British have the right idea By Hershel Shanks
Past Perfect: In a Dry Country
A cockroach named Archy and a desiccated pharaoh dream of beer
Destinations: Old as the Hills
The rock-cut theater of Sutri, Italy By Judith Harris
Ancient Life: The Eyes Have It
Ancient Egyptian cosmetics
The Forum
Did the Arabs really destroy the ancient library at Alexandria? And a note from the Cypriot director of antiquities.
Briefly Noted
Three generations