This are the ruins of a fountain or spring. According to the Greek Myth, this spring was the transformed Peirene, nymphe and mother of a son who was accidentaly killed by Artemis.
Fountains were originally purely functional, connected to springs or aqueducts and used to provide water for bathing and washing to the residents of cities, towns and villages. This is the precursor to our modern country clubs.
Let’s go outside and walk the Lechaion Road. We will come across monuments, markets, forums, and a Roman public toilet.
In Roman civilization, public toilets were elevated to raise them above open sewers using flowing water that were linked to drains. The flowing water removed the human waste. Public or private “If ya got to go, ya got to go”.
A floor mosaic from a Roman villa decorated with the head of Dionysus, the greek god of wine framed by ornaments. It comes from a Roman villa and dates back to the late 2nd century.
Tessalleted (having this checkered appearance) mosaic representing a countryside scene which was part of a larger floor from a Roman villa. Possibly from a rich merchant’s home or a politician’s villa.
Two marble barbarian slaves that supported the roof of a two story structure called the Facade of the Captives inside the Archaeological Museum of Corinth.
A sarcophagus; stone coffin.
The museum houses a large collection of artifacts of the local archaeological site and smaller sites in the neighboring areas.
Explaining the artifacts does not give it justice so, just follow the photos and visualize what it was like in ancient Corinth.
As we entered the museum we were greeted by this array of headless statues in the atrium. It was a Wow! moment.
Ancient Corinth was a large Roman city. Archaeological investigations and excavations reveal new facets of antiquity. For Christians, Corinth is mentioned in the letters of the apostle Paul in the New Testament, First Corinthians and Second Corinthians. Corinth is also part of the apostle Paul’s missionary travels.
Greeks were religious and in this city, the god Apollo was their so-called saint.
The Corinth Canal is a canal that connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. It cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth. The builders dug the canal at sea level. It is 4 miles in length and only 70 feet wide at its base, making it impassable for most modern ships.
There was a fantasy movie in 1963 called “Jason and the Argonauts”. It’s working title was “Jason and the Golden Fleece”. The film was made in stop motion animation and is known for its various fantasy creatures.
In 1963, I was 1 year old so, the movie re-released in the 1970’s and I was around 15 years old. I loved Greek mytholoogy and that was my favorite read. This movie impressed upon me animation in the notably special iconic fight scene featuring multiple skeleton warriors leading to the the ending.
The Corinth canal may have been used in a scene where the seer, Phineus tells the Argonauts to sail between the ‘Clashing Rocks’, which destroys any ship in the narrow channel, possibly Corinth canal. When the ship, Argo tries to pass through, the ship appears doomed. Jason, the leading actor throws Phineus amulet into the water and the sea god Triton rises up and holds the rocks apart so the Argo can pass. What an awesome movie! I’m sure there are individuals like me who have seen this cult-film classic.
We arrived at the cape and stared at the ruins. Imagine … at the centre of the temple colonnade would have been the hall of worship, a windowless rectangular room. It would have contained, at one end facing the entrance, a colossal, ceiling-height (6 metres (20 ft)) probably a gold-leaf bronze statue of Poseidon.
The famous Romantic poet George Lord Byron mentions Sounion in his poem Isles of Greece:
Place me on Souniun’s marbled steep,
Where nothing, save the waves and
May hear our mutual murmurs sweep…