The Parthenon was destroyed by a Venetian bomb, on the night between the 26th and 27th of September 1687 (for the background story see an older post). People often think that the bomb which blew up the Parthenon in 1687 was … Continue reading →
Over the next three days (October 11th-14th), visitors to Athens will enjoy several cultural events centred on the theme of fire. I decided to join in, by adding my own story of fire. This story took place more than three … 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 →
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 →