26.05.2024Alessandro Di Maio

The ancient city of Mari in Syria

Founded around 2900 on the banks of the Euphrates, the city of Mari drew its power from its privileged position on trade routes, both land and river, connecting Anatolia and northern Syria to Mesopotamia and the Persian Gulf. The exhibition focuses on the last period of the city’s occupation, after it was integrated into the empire founded by Sargon of Akkad, who unified the various city-states of Mesopotamia under his rule around 2250.

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25.04.2024Alessandro Di Maio

The plurality of man’s evolution

Who among us has ever imagined human evolution as a straight line depicting the gradual transformation from the early Paranthropus to various π»π‘œπ‘šπ‘œ species, culminating in π»π‘œπ‘šπ‘œ π‘ π‘Žπ‘π‘–π‘’π‘›π‘ ? However, recent paleoanthropological studies reveal a far more complex reality. Evolution was marked by a rich biodiversity of genera and species. These species sometimes coexisted in the same periods and regions, competing for food resources and territorial control.

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17.03.2024Alessandro Di Maio

𝐏𝐈 – 𝝅, the never-ending number

Pi was already known by various ancient civilisations, like the Babylonians and the Egyptians, for example, who had come close to the number 3.14. The former, in fact, expressed Ο€ as 25⁄8, that is, Ο€=3.125; while the latter had calculated it to be Ο€=3.1605. In the case of the Egyptians, we know this thanks to the Rhind Papyrus, the most extensive Egyptian mathematical papyrus that has come down to us, written in 1650 B.C. during the 15th dynasty and inspired by an even older text dating back to the 20th-18th centuries B.C.

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22.02.2024Alessandro Di Maio

Can we eradicate human trafficking?

According to the European Commission, over 10,000 victims of human trafficking were registered in the European Union in 2022. A majority of these individuals were female (63%) and non-EU citizens (60%), trafficked primarily for sexual exploitation and forced labor/services (around 40% each). Around 20% of them were trafficked for organ removal and other purposes.

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19.02.2024Alessandro Di Maio

I explain you why young European media makers should be involved in EYP activities

The European Youth Press (EYP) serves as an umbrella organisation for young media makers across Europe, dedicated to bolstering the influence of youth media, championing press freedom on the continent and nurturing emerging media talent.

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17.02.2024Alessandro Di Maio

Uncovered in the Mediterranean the frieze of the Temple of Zeus Olympius of ancient Akragas

In recent weeks, an important archaeological artifact has been recovered in the sea of Agrigento, in southern Sicily! It is a marble stele, probably the front part of the famous Temple of Zeus Olympius of ancient Akragas. On the stele, a rampant horse is depicted, a typical iconic element in artistic representations of the Greek period.

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