It all somehow feels as mythological as the Greek gods, these monumental people, Aristotle, Plato, Socrates etc. of 2500 years ago and their incredible influence on what we do today and their brief appearance on this stage and it's importance. The ideas and philosophies that are the cornerstones of so much of our way of thinking, the cradle of western civilization, democracy, theater, science, literature and more. To walk the same steps that Alexander the Great, Pericles, Aristophanes and other amazing people walked, continually overwhelms me.We went to the Byzantine & Christian Museum (incredible displays and set-up, not seen enough by visitors) and it described how the Christian influence sent everything into the Dark Ages, (or more PC, the Middle Ages). Almost all advances in literature, science, philosophy, came to a halt. All these great cities, ie. Constantinople and Athens, were sacked and pagan art, sculpture and ideas were abolished after 300AD. These Classical ideas of democracy, philosophy, literature etc. were sent into hiding for years. Centuries of oppression and war clearly illuminates that only with freedom of expression can creativity and humankind improve and evolve.
One man's opinion.
We promise you, this will be the last post of Ruins (until we get to Rome)
|View of Acropolis from Filopapou Hill
|A couple of modern cuties resting after climbing to the top of the Acropolis
|In the foreground are the ancient ruins of Agora with modern Athens as the backdrop
|The Ancient Marketplace below the Acropolis. An open-air marketplace where merchants and craftsmen made and sold their wares.
|Renata channeling Athena, the goddess of wisdom and war that ancient Greece put on a pedestal....
|Eric channeling Hermes, Olympian god, son of Zeus - god of transitions and boundaries. He is quick and cunning and moves freely between the worlds. He is a messenger of the gods. He is protector and patron of travelers. Does sound a bit like Eric....
|A Temple to Zeus - King of the gods. Married to Hera but the god had many children with many different immortal and mortal women. He was a player.
|From the Byzantine & Christian Museum - proof that baby Jesus was black.
(Can someone let Megyn Kelly of Fox News know)