This Week In History News, Nov. 25 – Dec. 1

Published November 30, 2018
Updated December 6, 2018

Cambodian genocide perpetrators brought to justice, ancient Trojan city uncovered in Greece, erotic Roman fresco found in Pompeii.

Cambodian Genocide Officially Recognized As Two Perpetrators Receive Life Imprisonment

Khieu Samphan Nuon Chea

Radio Free Asia/Wikimedia CommonsPol Pot’s head of state Khieu Samphan (left) and his deputy Nuon Chea have been sentenced to life imprisonment for their crimes against humanity during the Khmer Rouge genocide.

Four decades after Cambodian dictator Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge regime orchestrated the deaths of at least 1.6 million of their own people, the country is finally gaining some small new semblance of closure. A United Nations-backed tribunal called the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia has officially ruled the atrocities a genocide.

Furthermore, the tribunal issued guilty verdicts against two senior surviving members of the Khmer Rouge: Nuon Chea (92), who was found guilty of genocide against both the Cham and Vietnamese, and Khieu Samphan (87), who was found guilty of inhumane crimes against the Vietnamese. Both men were sentenced to life imprisonment.

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Archaeologists Have Just Discovered An Ancient Trojan City In Greece


Greek Culture MinistryThe framework of the ancient city of Tenea just discovered in Greece.

Archaeologists have searched for the ancient Trojan city of Tenea since 1984. They believe they have just now uncovered it. Before this excavation, the only knowledge that historians and experts had about Tenea came from Greek myth and ancient texts.

“Tenea was built by the Trojans after the end of the Trojan War, according to the myth,” archaeologist Elena Korka, the director of the Office for Supervision of Antiquaries and Private Archaeological Collections in Greece’s Ministry of Culture, said.

Korka and her team have been on the hunt for the fabled city for over 30 years now. There are mentions of the city in ancient Greek texts which indicate that a group of prisoners founded the city of Tenea after suffering a defeat in the Trojan War by the Greek hero Odysseus.

Now more than 3,000 years later, the first evidence that the city did in fact exist has been revealed.

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An Ancient Roman Erotic Fresco Painting Has Just Been Uncovered In Pompeii

Pompeii Erotic Fresco

Cesare Abbate/Pompeii SitesLena and the swan fresco that was discovered in the ruins of Pompeii.

An Ancient Roman erotic fresco painting has just been discovered by archeologists at a dig site in Pompeii.

The stunning work of art depicts the Greek myth of “Leda and the Swan” — a myth that’s reportedly been a source of inspiration for artists for centuries.

According to IFL Science, it was found in an ancient Pompeii bedroom that was presumably destroyed following the deadly eruption of Mount Vesuvius nearly 2,000 years ago.

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