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History, Culture, Ecology & Peace in the Mediterranean

Ancient Greek colonies
The Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Romans and other ancient civilizations used harbors and coves as anchorages for their ships, and it is where the first settlements were created. Today, there have been identified at least 272 such sites in 23 Mediterranean countries.

In the recent past, many of these areas have tried to come into contact with each other, to network and collaborate on social, economic, cultural and environmental level. Such a major collaborative initiative began in 1995, when the Union of Ancient Greek Ports was founded, based in ancient Agathe, today’s Agde in southern France. The cities that formed this Union are: a) Larnaca and Paphos in Cyprus, b) Alexandria in Egypt, c) Agathe-Agde, Antipole-Antibes, Thilini-Arles, Nice-Nice, Olbia-Hyeres and Aleria in France, d) Fasis-Poti in Georgia, e) Chalkis, Pythagorean, Patras, Piraeus, Rhodes and Ithaca in Greece, f) Celery-Castel Vetrano, Castor-Crotone, Sybaris-Cassano Ionio, Santa Severina, Bova, Cerenzia, Cino Marina, Locri, Naxos-Naxos and Strongoli in Italy, g) Byblos - Byblos in Lebanon, h) Callatis-Mangalia in Romania, i) Gadeira-Candix and Trade-Escala Empuries in Spain, j) Djerba-Djerba in Tunisia and finaly, k) Sevastoupolis-Sevastopol in Ukraine.

Ancient Ships

According to a popular saying "the culture comes from the sea". In antiquity, a harbor was the key area of communication, trade and defense of a city. The ships that left the ancient Greek ports, transported goods, ideas and the democratic spirit of the colony, across the Mediterranean, from Tanaida to Tartessos, outside Gibraltar.

This entire life network is the historical and cultural background of contemporary societies of the Mediterranean coastal cities and, in historical sequence, of the entire western civilization. So, if we are to accept that today’s inhabitants of the Mediterranean are the “continuity” of ancient people, then ancient ports are the basis of the modern society culture. Therefore, the sailor athletic, archaeological, nutritional, economic, tourist and other cultures, are justifiably preserved and remain unchanged to this day.

Nowadays, however, the local culture tends to be eliminated, the sea is destroyed and peace is threatened. Technological progress and commodity sufficiency cause marine and water pollution, from one hand, and bring local communities to their cultural oblivion, on the other, the latter being turned into a global, technological, and commercial culture. The above mentioned pollution and globalized culture interweave through factors such as oil management and thus, foment war conditions. Therefore, who will deal with the cultural loss, the environmental issues and the peace of the Mediterranean, and how? With the emergence of ancient ports, the promotion of contemporary city culture and of civil partnerships, cities and states and the study of the contamination factors, we can now contribute to the deadly, for the Mediterranean, problems of the area, as to not bequeath them to the future generations.

APOLLON sailboarding towards Ancient Mediterranean Ports

Methodology:

Establish a Working Group in each geographical region which may comprise of:

a) sailors, b) photographers, c) historians or archaeologists of underwater archaeology, d) journalists and e) IT managers or multimedia application managers f) Environment related organizations g) Peace in the Mediterranean nets.

This Working Group may operate through:

1. The standardization of the recording: designate geographical coves and ports, record archaeological findings, index these records, archive and store them.

2. Organization activities such as:

• Projects (archaeological, artistic, historical, ecological etc) • Travelling following historical voyages • Twinning of organizations, cities, regions and states • Historical chart (e-book, maps) • Research activities and studies (digitization, virtualization, etc.) etc..



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