Stories told in Greek Mythology are just that: stories. They’re not parables. You can read it or hear it and then you draw your own conclusions. Maybe even change your mind later. You may conclude that the moral of a myth applies well to your own concerns but this may not be the case for someone else. The reader / listener is never presented with … Continue reading The Flight of Icarus
Did you know that most ornamental plants of the National Gardens come from Genova, Italy? When King Ludwig of Bavaria came to Athens to visit his son (King Otto), he was surprised by the complete lack of green areas in the little town of Athens!Queen Amalia, consort of King Otto, worked tirelessly to lay out and complete the Royal Gardens. With the help of the … Continue reading Athens’ Royal Gardens
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This month: let’s Meet The Gods ! ZEUS – Father of Gods and Men, ruler of the universe. He was the supreme cultural embodiment of Graeco-Roman religious beliefs. Symbols : thunderbolt, eagle, oak tree, lion, scepter, scales. HERA – Hera was the queen of all the gods; also the goddess of marriage. She was Zeus’ sister but also his wife. Some symbols : the peacock, … Continue reading The Olympian Gods
The Parian Chronicle is a chronology of events, inscribed on a marble stele, covering more than 12 centuries of Ancient Greek history. Focusing a lot on events linked with the city-state of Athens, this chronicle presents us with a timeline from the year 1582 BC to 299 BC. It’s a unique timeline that, surprisingly enough, few scholars are familiar with. Most people don’t even know … Continue reading Parian Marble
Imagine a system of taxation where only the rich contribute, while middle and lower class citizens don’t have to pay any taxes. On top of that, imagine that in this system, the rich love to pay their taxes and they sometimes compete who’s going to pay more! Sounds crazy? The monument of Lysicratres in Athens, stands as a solid proof that this crazy idea was … Continue reading Best Tax-System ever?
When in Athens, you know you’re in the favorite city of goddess Athena. Athena is accompanied by an owl, which over time became her symbol and one of the symbols of Athens too. The exact reason why the owl became a bird sacred to Athena is lost in time. No story survives that gives us a clear explanation but we can piece together bits from … Continue reading The owl of Athena