Did the Greeks Make Human Sacrifices to Zeus?

Did the Greeks make human sacrifices to Zeus? A 3,000-year-old skeleton was discovered on Mt. Lykaion, often called the “birthplace of Zeus,” which suggests human sacrifice may have occurred there. UA anthropologists David Gilman Romano and Mary Voyatzis are co-directors of the Mt. Lykaion Excavation and Survey Project in Greece. Romano is also the Karabots Professor of Greek Archaeology in the UA School of Anthropology

“Several ancient literary sources mention rumors that human sacrifice took place at the altar, but up until a few weeks ago there has been no trace whatsoever of human bones discovered at the site," Romano said.

The project is t supported by the National Geographic Society Committee on Research and Exploration.

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08/11/2016 - 4:02pm