- Woman sleeping in car accused of attacking Cape officer (7/26/16)13
- Seeking new history: Centurion Development buys former Woolworth building at 1 N. Main St. (7/28/16)5
- Prosecutor says shooting by state trooper was justified (7/24/16)15
- Cape resident gets seven years in prison for shooting at man (7/26/16)1
- Former Scott City mayor refutes claims made about loss of curbside recycling pickup (7/26/16)
- Burglary of trailer leaves its residents homeless (7/27/16)4
- Golden Corral coming to Cape; may hire 100 workers (7/21/16)10
- Police: Child's video revealed stepfather's abuse of sibling (7/28/16)3
- Foot plots provide habitats and nutrition to attract wildlife, grow populations (7/18/16)
- City may spend extra park tax money on Cape Splash, skate park, other projects (7/25/16)10
Greeks prepare to restore ancient arch
ATHENS, Greece -- Standing near the foot of the Acropolis, it once separated the old from the new city of Athens. Now, restorers hope to help Hadrian's Arch regain some of its former glory.
Scaffolding is wrapped around half of the Roman monument, with workers busily huddled over plans. Archaeologists are examining the Pentelic marble arch to determine the best method of restoring, cleaning and protecting it.
"Restorers will study the problem of pollution that has settled on the arch and how this could be removed in the most painless way," Dimosthenis Giraud, who heads the restoration effort, said. "The restorers will see how to deal will serious cracks."
Built in 131 A.D., the arch served as the gateway between the ancient Greek city of Athens and the newer section to the city built by the Roman emperor Hadrian. Now, it stands beside one of central Athens' busiest streets.
The marble used to built the arch was mined on nearby Mount Penteli, the same source used for the Parthenon.
Columns crowned with elaborate Corinthian capitals support the monument's central arch. Another series of columns -- similar but smaller than those of the neighboring temple of Zeus -- tower over the top of the structure.
Giraud said workers also must figure out how to restore the structure's stability, since eight of the monument's columns were removed more than 250 years ago.