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Saving the Villa of the Mysteries -- Beneath the surface of Pompeii's most famous house

Saving the Villa of the Mysteries -- Beneath the surface of Pompeii's most famous house

*POMPEII, ITALY ~ Bacchus as a grape cluster from Pompeii, National Museum, Naples

*POMPEII, ITALY ~ Bacchus as a grape cluster from Pompeii, National Museum, Naples

Roman Fresco -- Depicting a harpist -- Circa 50 CE -- Boscoreale, Italy -- Located roughly 1 mile north of Pompeii.

Roman Fresco -- Depicting a harpist -- Circa 50 CE -- Boscoreale, Italy -- Located roughly 1 mile north of Pompeii.

Pompeii | Brothel Scenes

Pompeii | Brothel Scenes

House of the Centenary - Pompeii, Italy

House of the Centenary - Pompeii, Italy

The Scythians ruled the vast grasslands of Eurasia for a thousand years, striking fear into the hearts of the ancient Greeks and Persians. But they left no cities or settlements behind, only massive grave mounds, called kurgans, dotting the steppes from Mongolia to the Black Sea. Now one of those kurgans, located in the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia, has yielded an intriguing discovery: golden artifacts that are shedding light on the shadowy world of the Scythians, fierce nomads…

The Scythians ruled the vast grasslands of Eurasia for a thousand years, striking fear into the hearts of the ancient Greeks and Persians. But they left no cities or settlements behind, only massive grave mounds, called kurgans, dotting the steppes from Mongolia to the Black Sea. Now one of those kurgans, located in the Caucasus Mountains of southern Russia, has yielded an intriguing discovery: golden artifacts that are shedding light on the shadowy world of the Scythians, fierce nomads…

Scytho-Cimmerian stelae ancient Kurdistan, 6th century B.C.

Scytho-Cimmerian stelae ancient Kurdistan, 6th century B.C.

Ereshkigal - Queen of the Great Earth Sumerian Goddess goddess of Irkalla (underworld), land of the dead, also called Irkalla. Ereshkigal was the only one who could pass judgment and give laws as ruler of Irkalla.   Ishtar is her older sister in the Sumer, who became Inanna in Babylon. "The Descent of Inanna"  . Inanna/Ishtar's trip

Ereshkigal - Queen of the Great Earth Sumerian Goddess goddess of Irkalla (underworld), land of the dead, also called Irkalla. Ereshkigal was the only one who could pass judgment and give laws as ruler of Irkalla. Ishtar is her older sister in the Sumer, who became Inanna in Babylon. "The Descent of Inanna" . Inanna/Ishtar's trip

Ereshkigal - Queen of the Great Earth Sumerian Goddess goddess of Irkalla (underworld), land of the dead, also called Irkalla. Ereshkigal was the only one who could pass judgment and give laws as ruler of Irkalla.   Ishtar is her older sister in the Sumer, who became Inanna in Babylon. "The Descent of Inanna"  . Inanna/Ishtar's trip

Ereshkigal - Queen of the Great Earth Sumerian Goddess goddess of Irkalla (underworld), land of the dead, also called Irkalla. Ereshkigal was the only one who could pass judgment and give laws as ruler of Irkalla. Ishtar is her older sister in the Sumer, who became Inanna in Babylon. "The Descent of Inanna" . Inanna/Ishtar's trip

Mirror  Silver and electron; repousse, chased. Diam. 17.3 cm  Scythian culture. 650/620 BC  Kelermess Barrow No. 4 (Excavations of D.G. Shultz), Transkuban, near Kelermesskaya Stanitsa  Russia  State Hermitage Museum

Mirror Silver and electron; repousse, chased. Diam. 17.3 cm Scythian culture. 650/620 BC Kelermess Barrow No. 4 (Excavations of D.G. Shultz), Transkuban, near Kelermesskaya Stanitsa Russia State Hermitage Museum