Alex Roque

Writer By Night

Wandering Wednesday – Athens! [Part 2]

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“Place me on Sunium’s marbled steep,Where nothing, save the waves and I, May hear our mutual murmurs sweep…” – Lord Byron

Better late than never, right? Working 12 hour days really zaps my ability to sit at a computer when I get home. So first I watched the finale of Masterchef US, which I was pleased with! :D

Last week I mostly rambled on about the Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens. Here are some more of the amazing ruins in  atop this hill.

The theater of Dionysus

This theater is one of the earliest preserved open-air theaters in Athens. Remains have been found that link the area back to the sixth century BCE. What we see now is how the theater looked after the Romans redesigned it.

The Erechtheion Temple

The Erechtheion temple is one of the most important places in the Acropolis because of what it stands for. It was associated with much of the mythos of the Greeks.

First, it marks where the olive tree grew when Athena struck her spear into the ground to claim the city.

An olive tree is always planted in this spot

There is also supposedly the marks of Poseidon’s trident , and it is said to be where royalty, included King Erechtheus, are buried.

In the distance, we could see the remains of another temple dedicated to Zeus. The craziest part about being in Athens was how ancient and modern life was all in the same place. Next to this temple are house. HOUSES. Blew my mind.

It stands out tall in the middle of the city

After our visit to the Acropolis, we took a long bus ride to Cape Sounion which looks out over the Aegean Sea. It’s the site of the ancient runes of a temple to Poseidon. It was a beautiful location to end the day with.  And supposedly Lord Byron himself engraved his name on one of the columns, though we couldn’t find it despite all our searching and zooming in with the camera.

According to legend [and wikipedia], it was from this cliff that Aegeus, King of Athens, leaped to his death, which gave his name to the Aegean Sea. Of the 42 columns that were orginally built, 15 are left.

And one more shot…

Whew, that was Athens! Next week…I haven’t quite decided what to post yet! But stay tuned. ;) Now I need to go watch some anime!

 

EDIT – This is my 50th post! Woot!

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