Palace of Iliad's Ajax the Great Found.

Archaeologist Yannis Lolos said that his team had unearthed the 13th century remains of the remains of a 3,500-year-old palace of Ajax the Great, a legendary warrior-king described by Homer in The Iliad.

The Mycenaean-era complex found on the small island of Salamis near Athens covers about 750 sq m (8,070 sq ft).

The chief archaeologist said it was a rare case where a palace could be attributed to a famous Homeric hero.

Yiannis Lolos said travellers and archaeologists had been looking for the site "from the early 19th Century".

Link | Wikipedia entry on Ajax the Great

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You're right Hoo Ha - my mistake. Fixed in the blog entry now.

Thanks for the input Nicholas. Yannis Lolos, the archaeologist who found the site while hiking, actually spent 5 years excavating it, with details synching up with the Iliad. However, they do not seem to have "Nestor's cup"
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Cool! However, the article mentions no artifacts confirming or implying the existence of King Ajax. These palaces often stood for centuries before falling to ruin, and were home to several kings over time. Claiming to have found "the palace of Ajax" would be a bit like finding ruins on a spot traditionally thought to have been Camelot, and claiming to have found Arthur's castle. One may have found a castle, but without some solid archaeological evidence from the site, Arthur himself remains a powerful legend and not a flesh-&-blood man.

The "palace of Ajax" certainly is the right age and in a plausible location. We've found evidence of a series of wars between Troy and the various Greek kingdoms of ancient times. (Although a beauty contest between goddesses, with Paris as judge and Helen as prize, is blamed for the war, it seems to have been caused by trade disputes. Yeah, Homer's version is much more fun to read!) A palace, probably belonging to King Nestor, has been found, along with a drinking-cup of the correct age with an inscription that translates partly as "I am the cup of Nestor..." Unless Nestor was already a legend at the time of the inscribing, the cup might be evidence of his existence. Since the rest of the inscription is something like "He who drinks from me becomes slave to Aphrodite," and makes no mention of Nestor's greatness or his legendary part in the Trojan War, the cup is probably genuine, and the inscription mainly a precaution against theft.

The artifacts found in Ajax's palace are certainly fascinating and illustrate the wide range of locations whose goods found their way to Greece. (The armor from Rameses II may have been a gift, or may have been a black-market item, as many pharaohs' tombs were robbed.) We need to find a sort of "Nestor's cup," though, before deciding that Ajax is more than a legend.
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Dude, the Iliad is 7th century BEFORE Christ, not 13th Century. A 13th Century site would be Middle ages and probably a castle or monastery but NOT related to the Iliad.
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