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The Mysterious Island of Chronos/Cronos: Stonehenge, New Hampshire or Lundy!? July 29, 2012

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
The Mysterious Island of Chronos/Cronos: Stonehenge, New Hampshire or Lundy!?

One of the most peculiar texts that Beachcombing has ever read is the description of the Island of Cronos – the titan pictured here with thanks to Goya – in Plutarch (c. 120 AD). Much has been made of this island and attempts to fix it on the map have been undertaken frequently: some have […]

Human Sacrifice and the Athenians January 29, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Human Sacrifice and the Athenians

  Human sacrifice does survive in literate cultures – the Aztecs, various medieval Indian states… But in Europe, at least, it melted away at about the time of the first extensive surviving texts. The result is that Greeks or Romans or Gaels or Germanic types rarely end up putting a knife into a sacrificial victim: […]