Books about Greek mythology interests me when I was in my high school years. I learned about Hercules, Zeus, Athena, Trojan War, city of Troy (Oh! Reminds me of the film Troy starring Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, Eric Bana …), etc. and what a moment in my life I’m in Greek soil apart from Italy. Europe was the cradle of civilization.
Here is the fascinating funeral gold Mask of Agamemnon. It has been lauded as the “Mona Lisa of prehistory”. Agamemnon was described as “very steadfast” and “unbowed”.
Mythical legends make him the king of Mycenae. When Helen, the wife of Menelaus, was taken to Troy by Paris, Agamemnon commanded the united Greek armed forces in the ensuing Trojan War.
The Mask of Agamemnon which was discovered by Heinrich Schliemann in 1876 at Mycenae, now believed to pre-date the legendary Trojan War by 300 years. (Wikipedia)
Time for rest, slumber, sleep. Two outdoor destinations in the Peloponnese region this day in spring weather but hot. Back to the tour bus for some cool air. Nice and comfortable accommodations arranged for by our travel company.
A royal symbol of power called the lionesses. Helmets of metal adorned the heads of the lions but was plundered a long long time ago. Hydraulics, scaffolding, rock carvers and local rock material was used. I also filled in the blanks of the wooden gate that opened inwards and used to lock with a wooden bar.
I was MIA for a while because I have been busy doing a scrapbook/ journal of our travels to Hongkong and Beijing, China last year with my husband. I’m back now as I have started on it and have noted and figured out the places we’ve visited.
Our travels take us to the best mix of modern and archaelogical destinations in Greece if your choose The Best Of _____. Fill in the country you want and book a tour and the travel company will make arrangement for you to see the north, south, east and west of the country. You can say you’ve been and seen Greece like what we did.
Now, I’m taking you to an iconic monument. This is a fascinating historic sight – The Lion Gate. My mind travelled to the 13th century Mycenaean Greece. How the civilization must have been so advanced to construct and it’s engineering feat.
A child with Down’s Syndrome. During ancient times, the child would have a poor quality of life. Raising a child with Down syndrome is more work for parents than raising an unaffected child.
You feel for the parents because in our generation we have child interventions.
In the region of Peloponnese, Greece, at the Museum of Epidaurus is a collection of ancient medical instruments that are related to the sanctuary of Asklepius.
Need a cure.
Need a salve.
Prayer is good,
But I need a healer.
I am a Greek soldier.
I need all my strength.
Various helmets in ancient Greek times before the Medieval Ages. What comes into my mind – War. Why can’t it be just for ceremonial purposes?
To heal, cure, mend, rehabilitate are such a soothing words. The city of Epidaurus was a center of healing. The main sanctuary area, called the Asklepieion is a healing temple, sacred to the god Asclepius, the god of medicine.
The symbol is of a snake wrapped around a staff which is seen throughout all medical infrastructures as well as the American Medical Association in modern times. This is reminiscent of the staff that Asclepius carried.
The fact shows that the field of medicine in ancient Greece was even during Pre-Hippocractic Oath. Still, I would feel much better with anesthesia. .
I’m sitting at one of the marbled stones with a backrest reserved for the rich Greeks, the noble and aristocratic while they watch entertainment or sport.
Follow me now to the city of Epidaurus in the region of Peloponnese. We got off the bus and noticed more ruins but the best sight yet is the ancient theater. The theater at Epidaurus is a wonder to behold. Built to accommodate 15,000 people and still extremely well preserved.
It is exceptional in that the acoustic properties may be the result of the advanced design: the rows of limestone seats filter out low-frequency sounds, such as the murmur of the crowd, and also amplify the high-frequency sounds of the stage.
A whisper at the top of the theater can be heard by a person at the center of the stage. I am a witness to that fact.