The Parthenon was one of the most famous monuments of the ancient world. But today its columns are crumbling to dust. Its current state isn't due to wear and tear from exposure to the elements over the millennia, however. It's the result of an almost-forgotten 17th century battle.
In this picture from June 15, photographer Elias Politis has condensed an entire 100-minute lunar eclipse over Athens, Greece into a single composite image. Also check out a haunting time-lapse video Politis captured from that evening's "Acropoclipse."
Over two thousand years ago, the Greeks discovered the fossilized thigh bone of a giant mammal that had roamed their country a million years ago. This bone may have helped inspire Greek legends of strange and giant creatures.
The ancient ruins of the High City in Athens are covered with soot, dirt, random metals, and crumbling cement from sloppy early restorations. Plus, acid rain and pollution have left many of the Sacred Rock's monuments deteriorated and forlorn. In attempt to restore the original marble, the Acropolis Restoration…