Science: Kouros and Kore

In 490 B.C., just before the Persians were successfully repulsed on the plain of Marathon by the heroic defenders of Athens, the threat of imminent attack spread terror across the Greek countryside. Panicky residents hastily buried their prize belongings to save them from the dreaded invaders. Then the people fled, some never to return. Now, almost 2,500 years later, archaeologists have recovered what may well be long-lost samples of that buried treasure: two remarkably beautiful and well-preserved statues of a young man (kouros in ancient Greek) and a maiden (kore), at least one...

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