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John Trikeriotis
Έλληνας - Lecturer of ancient Greek warfare
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The lovely painting by French historical artist, Henri Lehmann is of the beautiful nymph, Calypso (Καλυψώ) who was one of the central characters in Homer's, "Odyssey".

It was Calypso who detained Odysseus (Ulysses) where he spent most of his time following the end of the Trojan War. He remained on her island Ogygia for seven years until the intercession by the ancient Greek goddess, Athena.

The painting is on display at Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

#Museums #Greek #Mythology 

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The fantastic image by +Vasilios Gavrilis is of one of the great theaters of ancient Greece which was built on the island of Delos (Δήλος) around 280 BC, during the Hellenistic period.

The theater seated approximately 5,500 patrons who were dispersed in either the lower section of seats which had 26 rows, or the upper section which had 17 rows. To place this landmark in the proper geographical context, it is located south of the Sanctuary of Apollo.

#Greek #History #Archaeology
Ancient Theatre of Delos
Delos was one of the most sacred places of ancient Greece, and one of the most robust trade centers as well. 
The Theatre built originally of marble and completed in 250 BCE, the theatre was massive, equipped for nearly 7.000 visitors. Although it abandoned in 88 BCE, following an invasion of the island by Mithridates VI of Pontus (r. 120-63 BCE) during the The First Mithridatic War (89-85 BCE), it has long been admired and even imitated.

#History #AncientHistory #Archaeology #Culture #Documentary #Civilization #Ancient #VisitGreece #Greek #photomaniagreece #greece #greekislands #visitgreece #landscapephotography #GreeceTravel #Travel

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An excellent illustration of the Battle of Salamis (September, 480 BC) which was the turning point of the second Persian invasion of Greece.

In this image is an Athenian trireme, which during this conflict included 14 hoplites and 4 archers.

Artwork by Christos Giannopoulos - Book title publisher Squadron/Signal Publications.

#MilitaryHistory #Warfare #Greece

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An excellent illustration by Angus McBride of warriors from the area of Boeotia, which was a region of central Greece, north of Athens which included the city-states of Thebes and Thespiae.

Incidentally, two of the city-states which were prominent in the defense of Thermopylae (480 BC) were the Boeotian city-states of Thebes and Thespiae.

The Theban warrior to the far right carries the shield with the club of Heracles (Herakles) device, while the serpent emblem signified warriors was from the clan of Theban Spartioi (Spartoi). It should be noted that despite the similarity to the name Sparta, there was no link between the Spartioi and the Spartans.

#MilitaryHistory #Warfare #Greece

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A spectacular photo from our friend, +Vasilios Gavrilis of the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion (ναό του Ποσειδώνα στο Σούνιο).

It is undoubtedly one of the most scenic vistas in all of Greece, which is evidenced by this image!

#Greek #Archaeology #Greece 
Temple of Poseidon

Ancient Greek religion was essentially propitiatory in nature, i.e., based on the notion that to avoid misfortune, one must constantly seek the favour of the relevant gods by prayers, gifts and sacrifices. To the ancient Greek, every natural feature, e.g. hill, lake, stream or wood, was controlled by a god. A person about to swim in a river, for example, would say a prayer to the river-god, or make an offering to that god's shrine, to avoid the chance of drowning. The gods were considered immortal and could change shape, become invisible and travel anywhere instantaneously. But in many other respects they were considered similar to humans. They shared the whole range of human emotions, both positive and negative. Thus, in their attitudes towards humans, they could be both benevolent and malicious. Also like humans, they had family and clan hierarchies. They could even mate with humans, and produce demi-gods.

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A magnificent aerial view photo of the ancient Greek theater on the island of Delos.

While most of the theater lays in ruins, it did in ancient times seat an audience of approximately 5, 500. Situated south of the Sanctuary of Apollo, it was completed ca. 280 BC.

As with most of the other theaters of ancient Greece, Magna Graecia and Ionia, they were built on the side of a mountain, which provided the audience with a view of amazing beauty.

Attribution: Lifo

#Greece #History #Archaeology

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A dramatic sculpture at the Gardens of Versailles by French artist, Pierre Puget of Andromeda & the ancient Greek hero, Perseus.
Attribution: Jeremy Penther
#Greek #Mythology #Classics

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An amazing image of the Temple of Athena Lindia from our friend, +Vasilios Gavrilis.

Built on the site of an earlier temple on the Acroplis of Rhodes, the pillars which have withstood the test of time are beautiful examples of the Doric Order.

Along with the Temple of Poseidon on Cape Sounion, these are two of the most idyllic locations in Greece.

#Greece #Archaeology #History 
The temple of Athena Lindia
The excavations at the Acropolis of Lindus were begun systematically by the Danish archaeologists K.F. Kinch and Chr. Blinkengerg. 
Apart from the name, another detail points to an older, pre-existing cult in Lindus before Athena's arrival. This detail comes from a poem by the 5th cent. BCE poet Pindar, who gives the following mythical account of the establishment of Athena's cult: Zeus had a terrible head-ache and asked Hephaestus to split his head. Hephaestus struck with a brazen hatchet and Athena leapt forth from her father's head and cried aloud with a mighty shout, while Heaven and Mother Earth, trembled before her.

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A more than impressive digital reconstruction of an ancient Greek phalanx preparing for battle, from the strategy game, "Sparta: War of Empires".

The phalanx was an effective formation when the battles where fought on a flat battlefield, however, when the terrain was uneven, the integrity of the formation could be compromised due to loss of cohesiveness.

In all likelihood the image is depicting the 480 BC, Battle of Thermopylae.

#Greece #Warfare #MilitaryHistory 

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An excellent image of the ceremonial and political center of Minoan civilization, the palace of Knossos. One of the most important of Greece's archaeological discoveries, the ruins are a testament to the Minoan civilization.
When it exactly flourished is subject to debate, however, what can not be argued is that the remaining buildings are magnificent to behold.
Attribution: Tanjala Gica 
#Crete #Greece #Archaeology
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