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Faces of an Emperor

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Nineteen hundred years ago, a young Roman aristocrat, Publius Aelius Hadrianus, became Emperor of the Roman Empire. Heir to Emperor Trajan, he assumed the official name Caesar Traianus Hadrianus Augustus and remained in power for the next 21 years, from … Continue reading

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The “Prison of Socrates”

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I’ve already mentioned in a previous post that the hills around the Acropolis may be covered in trees today but in antiquity they were part of the city. We should imagine them covered in densely packed houses, along narrow and … Continue reading

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The fort of Bourtzi

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As if rising from the sea, the fort of Bourtzi dominates the horizon in front of the port city of Nafplion. Entirely covering the small island of St. Theodore, Bourtzi is a sea fort whose aim was to protect the … Continue reading

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25+ centuries of history in one sweep of the eye

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Where can you find all the history of a city in a 180o panorama? Where can you see buildings spanning more than 25 centuries all within view of each other? Where can you find all that in the middle of … Continue reading

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Justice League: The Parthenon paradox

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Those of you who have been following this blog for some time must have figured out a few things about me: First, I have a particular interest in the archaeology of Greece and Athens in particular (call it a professional … Continue reading

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FAQ: Acropolis, Parthenon, what’s the difference?

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Okay, it may sound “elementary, dear Watson,” but not everyone was born with the innate knowledge of what either is. Many, especially the young, are not sure which is which. Others think the terms are interchangeable. Some ask, but most are too … Continue reading

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Photo of the week: The Milky Way above Sounion

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Hello and my apologies for being absent for such a long time. Today’s post is about Sounion, a unique place about which I’ve written many times before. This time I’ll limit myself to re-posting the spectacular photography of Alexandros Maragos, which shows  … Continue reading

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Photos of the week: section of the Parthenon frieze

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Dear all, please forgive me for not posting for some time. With the tourist season now over, I once again have a little time in my hands and I promise to give this blog more of my attention. For starters, … Continue reading

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The winds of the Greeks

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In my previous post, I examined the Tower of the Winds, a famous monument bearing reliefs of winged male forms, representing the winds. In turn, each wind represents the season when it is most prevalent. But when you look up, … Continue reading

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Photo of the week: the Tower of the Winds

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To the north of the Acropolis, in the heart of the historic district of Plaka, is a small monument known as the “Tower of the winds,” a name appropriately given, since each side bears a relief of a winged male … Continue reading