In the streets of Plaka (again) I caught a glimpse of the past hand in hand with the present: In the 19th century house, a woman is tapping furiously the keys of a 21 century laptop. Above her, part of … Continue reading →
Next to one of the busiest avenues of modern Athens, the arch (or gate) of Hadrian was built during the reign of Roman Emperor Hadrian, probably in 130 or 131 C.E. Unlike the typical Roman arches, which tend to be … Continue reading →
Often mentioned as the temple of Nike (victory) this small temple was in fact dedicated to Athena, just like the Parthenon. However, the Parthenon was the temple of Athena the Warrior whereas this was her temple as Bringer of Victory … Continue reading →
It is a measure of how much I’ve changed that I even stop in front of this display when I visit the museum of the Ancient Agora. In the past, I would simply pass by it, concentrating on artefacts pertaining … Continue reading →
Who on earth was this Philopappos guy anyway? Who dared to desecrate the hill of the Muses with his grave? Who dared build this monstrosity of a mausoleum right in front of the Acropolis? Draped with the authority of its 19-century-long … Continue reading →
For anyone who is interested in history or archaeology, Athens is a unique city. In every step, around every corner, testaments to the past wait silently for a look that will decipher the stories they have to tell. We are … Continue reading →
This is a question I hear in almost every tour. Yes it is my real name. No, it is not an alias, put on for the sake of the job (unlike tourist agencies with names like Poseidon or taverns named … Continue reading →
The dress rehearsal of the ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics. Exactly the same as the official one, minus the VIPs.
No, this is not what the ceremony looked like in ancient times. It is just an idealised version of what ancient dances might have looked like, but with a few concessions to modern aesthetics (such as the tank tops of the male dancers) and morals (in antiquity the men would have danced naked).
On May 10th 2012, the Olympic flame was lit in what has come to be seen as a traditional and sine-qua-non ceremony of the Olympic Games. The ceremony is supposedly a reenactment of what took place every four years in … Continue reading →