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Thursday, November 27, 2014

A rhyton

8011900 [a rhyton]

A rhyton is a liquid container usually in the form of a horn, a head of a woman, or a head of an animal. It was used by the Ancient Greeks and other peoples to pour or drink wine from it during ceremonies.

The rhyton in this photo is made of silver with gold horns and rosette on the forehead. The muzzle, which has the pouring hole, is gold-plated, as were initially the eyes and the inside of the ears. It dates back to 16th c. BC.

Found in Grave IV in the archeological site of Mycenae.

Photographed in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens (here) on January 18, 2014.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Mycena seynesii

801_8567 [Mycena seynesii]

Photographed on Mt. Hymittos on November 17, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Crocus laevigatus

8018489 [Crocus laevigatus]

8018515 [Crocus laevigatus]

Both photographed on Mt. Hymittos on November 17, 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounio

8011478 [Temple of Poseidon]

8011451 [Temple of Poseidon]

The Temple of Poseidon was built circa 440 BC on Cape Sounio
and was dedicated to Poseidon, the "God of Sea"
according to the Greek mythology.

Both photographed on November 23, 2013

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Scopula luridata

DSC_4908 [Scopula luridata]

DSC_4893 [Scopula luridata]

This moth - probably attracted by the electric light sent out through the balcony door in my study at home - landed on the window pane and stayed there patiently until I had time enough to photograph her from both sides.

Wing span is about 3 cm.

I express my appreciation to my friends who identified the moth for me as: Scopula luridata.

Both photographed in Holargos on July 28, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Crocus cartwrightianus

801_8384 [Crocus cartwrightianus]

801_8366 [Crocus cartrightianus]

Both photographed on Mt. Hymittos on November 06, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Crocus laevigatus

801_8243 HF [Crocus laevigatus]

Photographed on Mt. Hymittos on October 30, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Dionysus theater

8014390 [Dionysus theater]

The Theater of Dionysus Eleuthereus at the foot of the Acropolis.
It dates back to the fourth century BC and we know that it could seat 17.000 spectators!

The new Acropolis Museum can be seen behind the trees.

Photographed in Athens on April 24, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014

Crocus pallasii

801_8241[Crocus pallasii]

801_8232 [Crocus pallasii]
Both photographed on Mt. Hymittos on October 30, 2014