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Caryatids at sunset

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The original Caryatids have withdrawn to the safety of the Acropolis Museum. It is their modern avatars, still graceful, despite the ravages of time, that now hold up the roof of the southern porch of the Erechtheion. One of them … Continue reading

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Don’t stand in line, get your ticket on line

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or Ticket tips for the sites of Athens The Acropolis is of course the top attraction of Athens. It is not surprising that its entrance fee is the priciest of all other sites in Athens, at € 20. Naturally, this … Continue reading

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New dog, old tricks

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Sometime in the 6th century BCE, an unknown Athenian, or perhaps the city itself, dedicated the statue of a hunting dog to the Acropolis, in front of the Sanctuary of Artemis, goddess of the hunt, which was near the Parthenon. … Continue reading

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Dancing in Athens

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This is not just another viral videoclip; it was filmed by volunteers and shows people dancing in various corners of the world, in an endeavor to convey a message of love and brotherhood. Besides its positive message, there is another reason … 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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Pnyx

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The Pnyx is a rocky hill to the west of the Acropolis. Both hills belong to the same group of rocky outcrops in the heart of modern Athens. Its fame is due to the fact that here was the place … 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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How the Parthenon was blown up, in pictures

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On the night of September 26th to 27th, 1687, the mortars of the Venetian army shot the fateful bombs that blew up the Parthenon. 328 years ago today, the temple of Athena, which had withstood twenty centuries of earthquakes and … Continue reading

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FAQ: The strays of Greece

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Everywhere you go in Greece, you see dogs roaming about. They’re usually large, well fed and quite friendly. Some of them wear collars too. Are they strays? Well, sort of. They are the city’s stray pets. They seem to be kings of the city … 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