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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-03-18

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  • [01] Nafplio Archaeological Museum
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Nafplio Archaeological Museum

    Culture minister Antonis Samaras inaugurated the updated exhibits of the Archaeological Museum of Nafplio on Tuesday evening, as the Museum, one of the most historic in Greece, reopened to the public after five years, during which it underwent extensive renovation.

    Speaking at a special ceremony, Samaras stressed that Argolida prefecture, with the state-of-the-art renovated Nafplio musum, was pointing the way to all the other regions of Greece, a country that was brimming with monumental treasures.

    Visitors to the renovated musuem may tour its 2,000 exhibits that cover a period of 33,000 years, including the renowned Dendra Panoply (cuirass), the only one of its kind that has been found and dates back to the 15th century BC, featuring a helment made from boar tusks.

    The earliest known suit of European armor, the Panoply was found in a tomb at Dendra, near Mycenae, and dates to shortly after 1400 BCE. It is plate armor, consisting of a bronze cuirass with a skirt of three articulated bronze plates in front and three behind. A separate neck piece and hinged shoulder plates completed the protection for the torso. While not as cumbersome as it appears, it would have required heavy internal padding and would have prevented the soldier standing up once he had fallen. A composite helmet with bronze cheekpieces protected the head. Remains of a pair of greaves and a single arm guard were also found with the armor. A few other pieces of bronze armor from this period are known, but it is unlikely that bronze armor was commonly used. Most armor at this time was probably leather, perhaps reinforced with bronze plates. Breastplates and greaves are mentioned by Homer, but apart from the Dendra armor, no examples of a Greek cuirass survive from earlier than the 8th century BCE.

    Caption: ANA-MPA/EPA/HO/GREEK MINISTRY OF CULTURE file photo/ Restoration work has been completed on a rare Mycenaean bronze cuirass from Dendra, near Mycenae, which will go back on display at the Archaeological Museum of Nafplion. Excavated in 1960, the Dendra Panoply, as it is called, dates to shortly after 1400 BCE and is the only intact cuirass of this kind known in the Aegean before the Geometric period .

    [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' newspapers at a glance

    An urgent justice ministry draft bill introducing stricter sentences for the commission of criminal acts by hooded perpetrators - in the wake yet another spat of violence by self-styled 'anti-state' vandals in central Athens last week - as well as press speculation over whatever EU recommendations to curtail the fiscal deficit by the end of 2010 dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' dailies.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Justice Minister Nikos Dendias takes their hoods off - Strict law aims to restore order".

    APOGEVMATINI: "End to hoods' impunity - Justice Minister announces severe measures against urban terrorism".

    AVGHI: "Four major enterprises in northern Greece cut working hours; reduce salaries".

    AVRIANI: "Everything changes in legal system with Justice Minister's radical bill".

    CHORA: "Agony for tourism - The last trench in economic crisis".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Danger in Athens - Hundreds of abandoned buildings in the centre of Athens dens full of illegal migrants, drug addicts".

    ELEFTHEROS: "All against the minister (Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos) - spectator of hooded vandals".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "The war of the hoods - Grave penalties to those who wear masks and destroy properties".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Insulting justice - Government covers up police incompetence with strict bills".

    ESTIA: "Ruling New Democracy able to recover; main opposition PASOK's outrageous demagogy favors it (rebound)".

    ETHNOS: "Greek taxpayers burdened with 1.5 billion euros to finance the state's re-establishment during the five years of ND's governance".

    KATHIMERINI: "Inner Cabinet decides to impose severe penalties for hoods".

    LOGOS: "The hoods criminalised- Government plans to impose severe measures under stress of new vandalism".

    NIKI: "The hoods in court - Karamanlis' government want us 'uncovered' ".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Working class cries out that plutocracy must pay for crisis, in rallies throughout the country on Tuesday".

    TA NEA: "Farcical law on hoods - Government in panic".

    VIMA: "They are covering up -- crisis - Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis interrupts debate on ".

    VRADYNI: "Double penalty for hoods - Omnibus bill for public order and correctional system".

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