Athens, city of the gods

//Athens, city of the gods
And the winner is Mike, by a nose!
Athenians honoring an allied city
following the Peleponnesian war
by writing their contractual
allegiance in stone.  The goddess
Athena and and Hera are shaking
hands on the final agreement.
Athens has completely given up the
war on graffiti, and it covers the city.

People work, play and sell their
goods surrounded by a sea of 
spray painted scribbles.

Popular Greek children’s names.

Oh my my, that fine specimen
would be Zeus, cast in bronze
about 460 B.C.   (His right hand

should be holding a thunderbolt.)
He was found in the sea off
the coast of Greece.


Street vendors in Athens have these
wonderful seeded pretzels on every
corner of the city.  Zeus probably
didn’t eat too many of these!




Who knew the Greeks invented the first computer?
Pieces of the Antikithera mechanism were found on a 
Greek
shipwreck.  Scientific dating places its origin at
1st century B.C.  Centuries of study and recreated
models followed before anyone figured out what
this gizmo actually was used for.
Constructed on Greek theories of astronomy and

mathematics, it could calculate moon phases,
solar eclipses and even some planet locations,
not to mention the Olympic game calendar.
Operated using a hand crank and the oldest known
complex gear mechanism, Antikithera is known
as the world’s first analog computer.  
Smaller than a shoebox.
Greek ceremonial guards at the Tomb of the Unknown
Soldier in Athens.  Changing of the guard
happens once an hour, 24 hours a day. The
elaborate costume is based on what 15th
century Greek mountain fighters wore when
they defeated the Turks.  Scary pom pom shoes,

worn in an official silly walk. 
2017-09-14T09:49:01+00:00May 9th, 2014|Greece|0 Comments

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