Dating archeological eras
At our last stop today, Myrtou-Pigades, excavations have revealed a stone altar with bull horns linking this site with Minoan Crete. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner Sunday, October 4: NICOSIA: Returning to Northern Cyprus, we visit Salamis, believed to have been founded about 1180 BCE by Teukros on his return from the Trojan War. Meals: Breakfast & lunch Tuesday, October 6: PAPHOS: Touring begins at the Monastery of Ayios Neophytos and the nearby Roman remains, including the House of Dionysios with its well-preserved mosaics of mythological subjects, and the Tombs of the Kings, a Hellenistic cemetery of monumental tombs. Meals: Breakfast & lunch Wednesday, October 7: LIMASSOL: En route to Limassol, we stop at Petra tou Romiou, legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, goddess of love.It became the most powerful city-kingdom in Cyprus and continued its prominence until it was sacked by Arab raiders in the 7th century. Our touring continues at Kourion, one of the most important and dramatic ancient sites in Cyprus.Tuesday, September 29: Independent departures from our home cities on Tuesday.Wednesday, September 30: LARNACA: The tour begins in Larnaca.Our odyssey will explore these maritime civilizations whose intrepid sailors and merchants linked pre- and ancient Greek and Roman cultures with the eastern civilizations of Anatolia, and the Levantine centers in Egypt and Mesopotamia.From Neolithic villages to the Bronze Age palatial cultures of the Minoans, Mycenaeans and Cypriotes, then on to Classical, Greco-Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic eras, our Aegean adventure unfolds a clear and sparkling development of cultural achievements.In about 900 BCE, the Phoenicians established a colony here, and it later became a way station for pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land. Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner Friday, October 2: LARNACA: A short drive north to Nicosia, site of ancient Ledra.Touring includes the mosque of Umm Haram, tomb of the maternal aunt of the Prophet Muhammad, one of the holiest shrines of Islam, as well as the superb Byzantine mosaics in Kiti Church, St. As we explore the oldest parts of this city, founded in 280 BCE, we will see the remains of its pillaging by the Mamelukes and occupation by the Venetians and Ottomans. Meals: Breakfast & lunch Saturday, October 3: NICOSIA: We cross into Northern Cyprus and begin our touring at Soli, rebuilt about 600 BCE on the site of the older Sillu, one of the ten Greek Kingdoms of Cyprus.
Sunny skies, excellent beaches and delicious Mediterranean cuisine will enhance our discovery of these ancient civilizations.
The truth of the matter today is that archeology raises more questions about the historicity of the Hebrew Bible and even the New Testament than it provides answers, and that's very disturbing to some people. I have always thought that if we resurrected someone from the past, one of the biblical writers, they would be amused, because for them it would have made no difference.
I think they would have said, faith is faith is faith—take your proofs and go with them. They wanted you to know what these purported events mean.
This evening we meet with Professor Stieglitz for dinner. Meals: Dinner Thursday, October 1: LARNACA: After an opening lecture, our touring begins with the site of Kition and its museum.
Originating in the Mycenaean period, Kition became a place of commercial importance for its rich metal trade.