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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The east pediment of the Parthenon

_801299 [The east pediment of the Parthenon]

The sculptural arrangement on the east pediment of the Parthenon, [see above], is based on a theme that derives from the Greek mythology. It narrates the birth of Athena [the goddess of wisdom] from the head of her father, Zeus [the father of all gods]. How it happened is well described below:

“[So,] according to [Greek] mythology Zeus gave birth to Athena after a terrible headache prompted him to summon for Hephaestus’ [the god of fire and the forge] assistance. To alleviate the pain, he ordered Hephaestus to strike him with his forging hammer, and when he did, Zeus' head split open and out popped the goddess Athena in full armour.”

Source: http://ancient-greece.org/art/parthenon-ped-east.html
 

In the center of the composition above one can see Zeus sitting on his throne, and Athena, fully grown and armored, standing in front of her father, while many other gods on both sides of the composition are witnessing Athena's miraculous birth.

Photographed in the Acropolis museum in Athens on January 30, 2014
and then

heavily processed in software to eliminate unpleasant window reflections and to give prominence to the figures.

 

Please click on the picture for a better view.
Then,
let your imagination travel 25 centuries back 

– when the Parthenon was first opened to the public – 
and “see” the beauty of the original statues not only on the east pediment
but also of those on the west pediment that will be uploaded soon.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saturday, March 4, 2017

The Parthenon

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The Parthenon on the Acropolis, as seen from East.
The couple in the picture seem to be commenting on the destroyed pediment that used to host magnificent statues.

A representation of the statues will be uploaded soon.

Photographed in Athens on September 17, 2012


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Monastiraki square

801_5784 [Monastiraki square]

The well-visited Monastiraki square near Plaka with the Church of Koimisis Theotokou [The Assumption of Mary] on the left, the Metro station on the right, the Museum of Greek Folk Art in the middle and the Acropolis in the distance.
 

 Photographed in Athens on July 21, 2014

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Satyros at Olympia

_8012045 [Satyros at Olympia]


A portrait head of a boxer made of bronze. It was found at Olympia, Greece. The man is crowned with kotinos, the olive-wreath awarded to victors in the Olympic games. Unfortunately, only the stem of the wreath is preserved. His facial features have led to the identification of the figure as a boxer. The head probably belonged to the statue of the famous boxer Satyros of Elis, who repeatedly won the boxing event at Nemea, Pythia and Olympia. The statue was the work of the Athenian bronze-sculptor Silanion.

About 330-320 BC.
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Photographed within The National Archeological Museum in Athens [here] on January 18, 2014




Saturday, February 11, 2017

Lycoperdon lividum

802_7243 [Lycoperdon lividum]

This mushroom is most often found close to the coast - that is where the above picture was shot - but it also grows on sandy soil in pastures, dunes, and heaths. It fruits in autumn.

It’s interesting to observe that it bears an opening at the top that lets fully mature spores go through and disperse in order to ensure the perpetuation of the species. [See video below.]

Photographed in Schinias on October 22, 2016






Video duration 19"


Video shot on Mt. Hymittos on October 21, 2015