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The sinews of victory

This very difficult year, we ought to be celebrating 2.5 millennia since the battles of Thermopylae and Salamis. Since celebrations are out of the question, due to the pandemic, allow me to honor the anniversary with a series of posts … Continue reading

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Corinthian style: the truth

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Today, our virtual journey will take us back to Athens to explore the true roots of the “Corinthian” order. I’m putting the term in brackets, because Vitruvius may have said that the Corinthian order was invented in Corinth, but as … Continue reading

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The Asklepeion of Athens

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I should have thought of it earlier. In fact it should have been one of the first stops of this “virtual journey in Greece,” if not the very first. Obviously, during a time of pandemic, it makes sense to visit … Continue reading

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An odd Crucifixion

Seeing that it’s Maudy Thursday in Greece, I thought of visiting the Byzantine Museum of Athens today, to see a very odd icon there. It is the oldest of the museum’s and one of the most interesting ones I’ve ever … Continue reading

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Alone in the museum

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Due to the virus, Greek museums have been closed for almost a month. In these empty museums, what do the statues do? Do they come off their pedestals and lead their own secret lives, away from prying eyes? Or do … Continue reading

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For want of some water…

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By the time the Greek War of Independence broke out, in 1821, the Acropolis had become one of the most heavily fortified castles in Greece. Three of its slopes were so steep that an attack there was impossible. The only … Continue reading