Athens

Greece

 

 

The Athens Museum

 

 

The Ancient City Foundations

Excavated below the Acropolis

 

 

 

Shy Goddess Figurines

 

Not So Shy "Beheaded" God!

 

"Frying Pans" What a suggestion?

 

 

 

Corinth Delphi

Mycenae Epidauros Eleusis

   

 

Athens, capital of modern Greece, quoted as the birthplace of civilization and western democracy, has a lot to live up to. It has however a far more distinctive past than its legacy to the western world.

 

Museum Gardens

 

 

As an ancient city state, Athens has a glorious history. Its wealth of artistic works being both architectural and many thousands of statues and decoratively carved items. The city has many neoclassical buildings, and museums containing artefacts through the ages.

 

The best example is of course the Acropolis, named by some world body or other as one of the "Seven Wonders of the Modern World," modern? I think they use the word loosely. Perhaps if "modern" man, (I too use the word loosely) hadn't destroyed all the original 7 except for the Pyramids, which were too big to destroy, and a couple of pillar of the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus which they missed, we could have 14 Wonders of the "Ancient" World?

 

The Agora and Temple of Hephaestus

 

In the days before countries were invented, and boundaries drawn on maps, the Greek peoples led the world. Following the "colonisation" of the eastern Mediterranean and North Africa, its influence over the ancient Egyptian and Middle Eastern cultures was enormous.

 

However it was not until 1834 that the state of Greece was established and the small city that had been built around the walls of the Acropolis, boomed into the enormous city that Athens is today.

 

Athens is surrounded on all sides, with mountains lying to the east, and its port of Piraeus lying on the Saronic Gulf to the west. Inhabited since Neolithic times, Athens reached its peak in the 5th century BCE, when it was the centre of free thinking, and in my opinion, its greatest achievement of carrying Gnosticism from a Pagan religion through into the Xtian era.

 

Lycabettus Hill from the Acropolis

 

The Acropolis, a Holy Rock since the 5th century BCE, is full of treasures, except of course for those removed and placed in museums for their "safe keeping."