Neon Stairway to Heaven

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“Heaven..a place where there is neither sufferings, sadness nor separation…Now we climb the stairways to heaven one step by one step and when we ascend, we will live. -Suh Jung
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November Rain

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The month of November has long been the rainiest month in Greece. But, the rare ‘medicane’ (mediterranean + hurricane) that enveloped Greece this past Wednesday brought catastrophic flooding that took the lives of 21+ people, (many more have not been accounted for), and hundreds of people have been left homeless. This is the worst flooding Athens has seen in decades and it has left the country in a state of shock.

Global natural disasters are increasing by the day and whatever the cause, that fact is that we live in an unstable planet. Like our ancestors we have to adapt to the changes and continue to rebuild again. My sympathies and condolences to anyone who has lost someone to anyone who has lost a loved one the flooding, earthquakes and fires in recent times.

 

Heraion/Ηραιον

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The ruins of the sanctuary of Hera Akraia Limenia, is located at a beautiful cove with a magestic view of the gulf of Corinth. ‘Akraia’ means ‘great height’ and ‘Limenia’ means ‘of the harbour’.  Akraia was also the name of the naiad or water nymph associated with Hera. The site had an L shaped stoa, temple, hearth and sacred pool where visitors would cleanse themselves before entering the temple. There was a dining area that was exclusive to the wealthy. Sailors would stop by the harbour to come on the harbour  to pray, give offerings and make sacrifices to the goddess for their safe travels.

 

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Pandora Close Your Box!

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‘Pandora Close Your Box’ handmade word collage by Angela Zafiris

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‘Pandora Close Your Box’ digital collage by Angela Zafiris

In the creation myths, Zeus was so enraged with Prometheus for stealing fire, that he plotted his revenge against him. He ordered Hephaestus to create a beautiful woman with clay and water.  The goddess Athena gave his creation charm and grace and Hermes gave her cleverness and the art of lying (!) She was given the name ‘Pandora’ meaning all-giving. Hephaestus gave her to the Titan Epimetheus who ignored his brothers’ advice to not to accept any gifts from Zeus, but he ignored his brother and married Pandora. Pandora brought with her a box that the gods told her to never open. Pandoras’ curiostiy got the best of her and she opend it and in doing so released all of the troubles into the world. Only hope remained in the box which whispered big dreams and false hopes into peoples weary ears and thus keeping them alive.

Similarly to the Eves’ biting of the forbidden fruit as the reason for the ills of the world so to is Pandora to blame, a woman! But, if we look closer it’s not a woman who is the source of all that has plague humans since antiquity.  If Zeus had not sought revenge against Prometheus, and if he had not created that darn box than all calamities would have been avoided. But, of course the female has to be the scape goat. In the famous story of the Trojan war, Helen and her irresistible beauty, was said to be the reason for the war, but these two enemies (Achaean Greeks and the Trojan Anatolians) only found a beautiful excuse to go to war.  The blame was put on a womans’ beauty and not on the war mongering nature of most men. Men abuse nature, men abuse animals, men abuse children and men abuse women and each other. Yet it’s the ‘cunning, lying, curious, manipulative, and idle woman who is said to have started it all.

Nonetheless, the story is inspiring and the references to Pandora can be spotting everywhere from pop culutre to the media. With all the catastrophes that seem to be multiplying like a hydra recently, we all know who is to be blamed..a woman! A very ancient woman and her box!

Α Day at the Museum/Μια μερα στο μουσειο

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I wonder where all of the heads went?

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Mosaic floor from a Roman villa. Looks like an optical illusion.

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Miniature statues of deities.

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An ancient mirror.

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Ancient accessories that can pass as modern ones.

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Experiments with colours.

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Corinthian soldiers’ helmet and spear.

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Head of Dionysos. Greek God of wine and revelry.

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A Roman statue

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Great garden idea! Love the cacti.

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Beautiful Corinthian pots. I wish I had the big one in my home 😉

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Another head of Dionysus

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A few photographs from the museum in Ancient Corinth. I got too excited, so I took so many photos that it was hard to sort them out afterwards. I just don’t want to forget everything that I have seen, as being in a museum can sometimes be overwhelming.

Μερικές φωτογραφίες από το μουσείο της Αρχαίας Κορίνθου. Ενθούσιαστηκα πολύ, και  εβγαλα πολλέs φωτογραφίες και ηταν δυσκολο να τις τακτοποιησω μετα. Απλά δεν θέλω να ξεχασω ολα οσα εχω δει , γιατι μερικες φορες οταν πηγαινεις σε μουσείο η επμειρία μπορει να είναι συντριπτικός.

Temple of Apollo/Ο Ναος του Απολλωνα

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The temple of Apollo is built with Doric style columns.

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There were 38 columns, now there are only 7 left.

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Korinthian columns from another building on the site.

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Ancient settlement with ‘Acrokorinthos’ (a fort on the mountain top) at the distance

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Temple of Apollo from a distance.

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The Agora

The temple of Apollo, Greek and Roman God of music and light,  is located at the base of  ‘Akrokorinthos’ the fortress overlooking Corinthos. The temple was built in 540 B.C. there was an earlier temple built on this site in the 7th Century B.C. It was a wealthy trading city in its prime, but it not have a good reputation. Loose morals were a problem something that St. Paul addressed in his letters to the Corinthinas as it was still a problem in his time.

Ο ναός του Απόλλωνα, ο ελληνικός και ρωμαϊκός Θεός της μουσικής και του φωτός, βρίσκεται στη βάση του Ακροκορινθίου το φρούριο με θέα την Κόρινθο. Ο ναός χτίστηκε το 540 π.Χ. υπήρχε ένας προγενέστερος ναός χτισμένος σε αυτό το χώρο στον 7ο αιώνα π.Χ. Ήταν μια πλούσια πόλη εμπορικών συναλλαγών στην ακμή της, αλλά δεν είχε καλή φήμη. Τα χαλαρά ηθικά ήταν ένα πρόβλημα που ο Άγιος Παύλος απάντησε στις επιστολές του προς τους Κορινθίνους, καθώς ήταν ακόμα ένα πρόβλημα στην εποχή του.