An archaeological discovery and a hacker’s secret cipher send Thomas and friends back to the Persian Empire of 473 BC.
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A Montreal pharmaceutical company has been infiltrated by a mysterious hacker named Komodo. Rather than steal information, Komodo leaves encrypted files for Thomas Faraday, a network security professional hired to safeguard the company’s data.
At the same time, somewhere deep in the Zagros Mountains, a secret Christian league excavates an ancient Persian stela that contains a coded message. When the league learns that Thomas holds the secret to interpreting the stela, he is recruited.
As Thomas labors at deciphering the Persian stela, he soon discovers that Komodo is part of the puzzle. To understand the connection, he must accept the league’s unusual venture to the Persian Empire of 473 BC. His mission is to witness and document the rich history associated with the book of Esther, but the conflict that awaits him will prove impossible to ignore.
Soon after Thomas and his time traveling companions arrive in Persia, they discover the league has been hiding a secret of its own. Now, trapped in an ancient nation at war and with time running out, Thomas must decipher both the Komodo files and the Persian stela if he ever hopes to return to the twenty-first century.
Sounion was an important ancient Greek religious sanctuary to the gods Poseidon and Athena. Spectacularly located on a promontory in southern Attica, the site is dominated by the temple of Poseidon seventy meters above the sea. Its remains are perched on the headland, surrounded on three sides by the sea.
The Temple of Poseidon, standing today was built circa 440 BC on the ruins of a temple dating from the Archaic period.
“The earliest literary reference to Sounion is in Homer’s Odyssey (III. 278–285). The story recounts that as the various Greek commanders sailed back from Troy, the helmsman of the ship of King Menelaus of Sparta died at his post while rounding “Holy Sounion, Cape of Athens. Menelaus landed at Sounion to give his companion full funeral honours (i.e., cremation on a funeral pyre on the beach).”
Temple of Poseidon
Archaeological finds on the site date from as early as 700 BC. Herodotus (VI.87) mentions that in the sixth century BC, the Athenians celebrated a quinquennial festival at Sounion, which involved Athens’ leaders sailing to the cape in a sacred boat.
In some myths, it is the spot where the Athenian king Aegeus threw himself into the sea when he sighted the black sail of his son Theseus’ ship. It’s also the place where captain Phrontis, died on the return voyage from the Trojan War.
Foundations of the Archaic temple.
From within the fortress.
Part of the fortress wall.
Capitals from the Archaic temple.
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Lamanai is a Mesoamerican archaeological site that was once a major city of the Maya civilization. It is located in the north of Belize, in Orange Walk District. Lamanai means submerged crocodile because of the large crocodile population in the area. Lamanai was occupied as early as the 16th century BC.
Lamanai High Temple
The High Temple is an ancient Mayan temple. The Temple’s highest exposed height is 33 meters. The view from the top allows the climber to see over the jungle and to see a large portion of the New River lagoon that must be used to access the site.
The first phases of Structure date back to 100BC. At the time, it would have been the tallest building in Mesoamerica and would.
Lamanai Ball Court
Not far west of the High Temple is Lamanai’s ball court, one of the smallest in the Maya world but with the largest ball-court marker found yet! A ceremonial vessel containing liquid mercury, probably from Guatemala, was found beneath the marker.
The ball game originated about 3,000 B.C. It had a ritualistic function for the ancient Maya. Two teams faced off on courts whose measurements could vary. Most ball courts had two sloping parallel walls inset with three round disks called markers or a single stone ring, at right angles to the ground.
Me on top of the High Temple
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