Expert Uncovers Secrets of Ancient Greece in Turkey; Mersey Archaeologist Investigates Lost Society
Byline: CLARE USHER
AN ARCHAEOLOGIST from the University of Liverpool is uncovering the secrets of one of the world's oldest civilisations.
Dr Alan Greaves is looking at the people of the lost society of Ionia, which was in ancient Greece, now within the borders of Turkey.
He has been carrying out excavations in Turkey for the past decade and his findings have revealed new insights into the lives of the Ionian land workers. Previous studies have focused on Ionia's structures and literary texts, but little has been revealed about the day-to-day experiences of the Ionian people.
His work over the last decade has discovered the civilisation's structure and literature but little about the people's everyday lives, which is the subject of his latest work.
Dr Greaves said: ``The first city states known to history were founded in Ioni a and boasted theatres, stadia, public schools, baths, paved streets and the earliest forms of representative government.
``The Ionians were great thinkers and believed in exercising both body and mind. It is also believed that the Iliad and the Odyssey originated from the Ionian writer, Homer. ''
Ionia was a region of ancient Greece famous for its art and architecture and as the birthplace of western philosophy. …