Greek Tetradrachm from Myrina, Aeolis c. 155-145 BC

Struck on an especially large medallic flan. The obverse one of the great masterpieces of Greek numismatic art.

A laureate head of Apollo right. On the reverse, Apollo Grynios standing right, holding branch and phiale; monogram to left, omphalos and amphora at feet to right; all within laurel wreath. 

There was a Temple dedicated to Apollo Gryneion 4.5 miles away from Myrina in the city of Gryneion, which was an ancient center for prophecy.

The ruins of Myrina are located on the Beriki Tepe hill, on the left bank of the Pytikos River. Its site is believed to be occupied by the modern Sandarlik at the mouth of the Koca Çay in Turkey.

Turnip King - Aeolis
Turnip King stumbled upon me and I had to have a listen. They are Long Island kids that make that scruffy ambient grunge that seems to have unfurled itself on mass of late. That kind of forgetful feeling that’s still perfect in its raw playfulness, that it leaves something lingering in your skull. Think maybe somewhere between the Kings (Tuff and Krule) mixed in with equal parts Beach Fossils and Total Slacker. Scruffy Ambient Grunge. That’s a thing yeah? This song is maybe the least scuffy and the most ambient but I’m in. Album Moon Landing? came out in May this year. Take a listen the whole thing is pretty rad. They also have the coolest fucking shirts I’ve ever seen. 
CLOSED RP: Like No One Ever Was

"Sylvie! Sylveon! Syl….vie…syl…vie…."

Resnia’s mother’s Sylveon hopped up on top of her bed and pushed the alarm clock towards her, putting it right next to her face just before it beeped loudly and obnoxiously.

"GYAAAAAAAAAH!" Resnia shot up out of bed and her palm slammed down on the alarm. She stared tiredly at her mother’s Sylveon, who wrapped its feelers around her arm and tugged gently.

"Syl…vie! Sylveon! Sylvie Sylvie!" Sylveon said, trying to jerk her out of bed, to no avail.

"I’m tired, Thylveon. Five more minuteth, and then I’ll get up, okay?" Resnia said, scratching behing Sylveon’s ears. It purred contently.

"Famouth latht wordth." A deep voice chuckled from the right. There her father stood with his Roserade, tall and cynical as always.

"Raaaaaaaaaade." Roserade added, as if trying to say, ‘Damn straight.’

"C’mon, ‘Nia. Get up. You get to go to Lumiothe today! The profethor there ith an old friend of mine, he’th really exthited to meet you!" Her dad sat on her bed.

"But daaaaaaaaaaad," Resnia lay back down on her bed, "I’m tho tired!"

"C’mon ‘Nia, what’th really wrong? Are you nervouth? You thouldn’t be. Aeolyth ith coming with you. You’ll be fine. You’ll be a great trainer! C’mon, pick an outfit out, thomething nithe! You want to make a good imprethion on the profethor!" her dad yanked her out of bed by the arm, Sylveon hopping on her shoulders and nuzzling her happily, "Thee, Thylveon will help you. You have nothing to worry about."

His heterochromic eyes stared into her hazel ones, and he gave her the warm, knowing smile that only a loving father could do.

"Alright. Get out though. I need privathy." Resnia responded. Her dad agreed to it and he, Sylveon, and Roserade all walked over to the kitchen. Resnia closed the door and hurriedly threw together an outfit she thought would look nice.

"Morning, honey! How’re— Oh, look at you! Don’t you look beautiful! Sollux, come see your daughter." her mother smiled in pleasant surprise at Resnia’s outfit, a short sleeved, scoopneck cream top, and a beautiful, striking royal blue maxiskirt. Her dark brunette hair was held back by a few simple bobby pins, but it framed her elfin features perfectly. Sylveon hopped back up on to her shoulders and nuzzled her happily.

"Sylvie, Sylvie!…." Sylveon’s head popped up to look into Resnia’s mother’s eyes, "…Sylvie?"

"Oh! You can come if you want, I don’t mind, Sylveon!" her mom said, "…And, if it’s okay with Resnia."

"Syyyyyyylveon?" Sylveon looked at Resnia in a questioning manner.

"Of course you can come, ya little cutie!" Resnia scratched Sylveon’s head happily.

The doorbell rang and a small knock on the door was heard.

"That mutht be Aeolyth!" Resnia’s dad got up from his seat, Roserade following close behind, and opened the door, "How are you, Aeolyth? Ready for the big trip?"

The Acropolis of Pergamon

The earliest material from Pergamon indicates that the site was settled as early as the 8th century B.C. Because of its distance from the sea, however, Pergamon was probably not a Greek settlement and little is known about the earlier centuries. The city is first mentioned in history in 399 BC and at that time it was in the hands of a local Greek tyrant

The city emerged as a power during the struggle for territorial control following the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC. By the middle of the 3rd century BC Pergamon had been established as an independent state under the leadership of the Attalid dynasty. The power of the Attalids and the city grew as a result of successful battles against the Gauls of central Anatolia and careful political alliances with Rome.

Pergamon was in ancient Aeolis, currently located 26 kilometres (16 mi) from the Aegean Sea on a promontory on the north side of the river Caicus (the modern day Bakırçay River near Bergama in Izmir Province, Turkey).

photo by Manυ

Red Planet Riviera: Ancient Mars Ocean Found?

With the help of rover Curiosity, we now know that ancient Mars had large quantities of liquid water flowing across its surface. However, evidence for large bodies of water — i.e. oceans — has been hard to come by. But using high-resolution orbital data, Caltech scientists now think they’ve found a long-dry river delta that once flowed into a very large body of water. Welcome to the Aeolis Riviera — the strongest evidence yet for a Martian coastline.

Aeolis Dorsa is a vast plain about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) east of Gale Crater, where NASA’s rover Curiosity is currently exploring. Using high-resolution observations from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera, the Caltech team spotted what appears to be a river delta leading to a large depression, a candidate for the basin of an ancient ocean.

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Aeolis, Northen Ionia, and the North Aegean

Fig. 39. Conjectural restoration of the smaller temple at Klopedi, from very fragmentary remains. The building was apparently peripteral, with a pronaos on the east and an opisthodomos or adyton on the west, behind the cella.

Design and conceptual inspiration, influencing the development of Edwin.
—Edwin O. IV © 2012

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The Pergamon Altar is a monumental construction built during the reign of King Eumenes II in the first half of the 2nd century BC on one of the terraces of the acropolis of the ancient city of Pergamon in Asia Minor [ Pergamon or Pergamum (Ancient Greek: τὸ Πέργαμον, to Pergamon, or ἡ Πέργαμος) was an ancient Greek city in Aeolis, currently located 26 kilometres (16 mi) from the Aegean Sea. ] The structure is 35.64 metres wide and 33.4 metres deep; the front stairway alone is almost 20 metres wide. The base is decorated with a frieze in high relief showing the battle between the Giants and the Olympian gods known as the Gigantomachy. There is a second, smaller and less well-preserved high relief frieze on the inner court walls which surround the actual fire altar on the upper level of the structure at the top of the stairs. In a set of consecutive scenes, it depicts events from the life of Telephus, legendary founder of the city of Pergamon and son of the hero Heracles and Auge, one of Tegean king Aleus’s daughters. In 1878, the German engineer Carl Humann began official excavations on the acropolis of Pergamon, an effort that lasted until 1886. The excavation was undertaken in order to rescue the altar friezes and expose the foundation of the edifice. Later, other ancient structures on the acropolis were brought to light. Upon negotiating with the Turkish government (a participant in the excavation), it was agreed that all frieze fragments found at the time would become the property of the Berlin museums. Read More || Click pictures for more info

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Mars. The red planet. Let’s get this going with one of the hot topics. Do you think that there is currently any kind of life on Mars or was there intelligent life on Mars in the past. Here is a photo-set of some of the more mysterious images taken on the surface. From the top working down left to right the images are as follows:

Surface of Mars

Cydonia

Metal Object on Surface

Aeolis Mons

Head on over to the forums if you have any more details that you would like to share!

Two Years on Mars
On August 6th, 2012, Curiosity landed in the Gale Crater on Mars (the site which, by the way, has now been named Bradbury Landing, after author Ray Bradbury). And if you ask me, our friend is looking pretty good for two years on the red planet, aside from a nice thick coating of copper dust. There are, however, some new holes in its wheels that are of growing concern to NASA scientists.
Curiosity is currently on its way to Mount Sharp- or Aeolis Mons- a 5.5 km high mountain at the centre of Gale Crater. However, the wheel damage I mentioned may pose some risk to the mission. What at first seemed negligible has grown to a quite proper complication with an increase in the rate of deterioration of the wheels. There isn’t too much that can be done at this point, unfortunately, but for scientists to prolong the life of Curiosity’s wheels the best they can. Though the level of damage doesn’t yet limit the capabilities of the rover, preserving the wheels could involve changing routes to avoid rockier areas.

On the flip side of things, slippery sandy terrain has caused NASA scientists to begin their search for an alternative route to Mount Sharp- I suppose over terrain that is flat and smooth… just not too smooth.

Curiosity has travelled about 8 km since landing, and has around 3 km left until it reaches its destination.

- Rory

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