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Photo of the week: parrot on a temple

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What did I see a few days ago, looking up at the familiar temple of Hephestus and Athena (aka Theseion)? Theseus, the famous hero, looking like a pirate, with a large green parrot on his shoulder. And while the hero was locked … Continue reading

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Photo of the week: Owl in Athens

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Owls were the holy birds of Athena, goddess of wisdom (among other things). With their huge heads, wide open eyes and ability to see in the dark, they were the obvious symbol of intelligence. The symbolism has stuck for centuries. … Continue reading

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Photo of the week: The stoa of Attalus

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Spacious, two-storied, with a double line of columns, the stoa (portico) of Attalus was a commercial building, of the kind found in every Greek city. Perfectly restored by the American School of Classical Studies, it gives us an excellent idea … Continue reading

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A guided tour of Plaka

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Plaka is the name of the historic district, in the centre of Athens. Inhabited continuously since prehistoric times it contains countless monuments, spanning more than three millenia of history. Every time I have a guided tour in Plaka, I face … Continue reading