State-of-the-art in its day, a catapult-like contraption known as a hysplex was used to start footraces in Greece around the 5th century B.C. At a time when athletes competed in the nude, the hysplex made sure that no runner had an advantage.
A modern version of the ancient hysplex starting mechanism was reconstructed in the stadium at Nemea, Greece in 1993 and has been used during revivals of the Ancient Nemean Games held every four years.
For your anachronistic bling needs.
(via Boing Boing)
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The Columns of Athena Temple
Captured in an all-sky image, the nearly full moon sets in the morning sky above the Athena Temple in Assos, a village in the Aegean seaside amid ancient ruins. Also known as Behramkale, it is located in Canakkale province of Turkey, close to the westernmost point of Asia.
By Tunc Tezel