emanates a silent dignity as it stands on
the rugged rock; stripped of its ornaments, and deprived of a religion
to represent. It is but a shell of a structure, and a shell of significance
that grew with time to represent an entire civilization...
Visit the Acropolis of Athens
The ancient statues reveal themselves in new light with every visit.
The National Museum of Athens is the most important musuem, not to be missed if you want to appreciate the beauty and scope of Greek Art. The pictures of the ancient statues cannot replace the magic of standing in
front of Zeus' presence...
Visit the National Archaeological Museum of Athens
A visit to Crete would not be complete without a visit to the Heraklion
, a visit to Knossos
one to Phaistos
those who want to form a complete picture of Minoan Crete, a visit
to the palace of Malia
a short drive from Heraklion. The palace of Kato Zakros
be more of a challenge to visit as it is located on the east coast
of the island. More Pictures and essays about Minoan Crete from Ancient
While most people identify ancient Greece with the Classical or
even the Hellenistic periods, the complete story of Greece reaches
back to the Mesolithic and Neolithic Eras. The Neolithic period
is marked by a plethora of settlements around Greece, the best preserved
of which is the archaeological site of Dimini. Also see photos from the nearby Paleolithic site of Sesklo.
This is one of the very few theaters that retains its original
circular "Orchestra" and it is a rear aesthetic sight.
During Roman occupation of Greece
, most theater "Orchestras" were
changed from a circle to a semicircle but The Theater at Epidaurus
The Lion Gates take you to the interior of the acropolis, and then
you climb through several ancient buildings and pathways, to the
palace itself where Agamemnon was murdered by his wife and her lover
after he returned victorious from the Trojan war...
is not hard to imagine how the Olympic games cultivated the collective
consciousness of the Hellenes looking at the ruins which span
several hundred years as they stand silently among the low trees
at Olympia. The buildings visible today represent every era of Greek
Visit ancient Olympia
Vergina is the location where ancient Aigae existed in Macedonia. It was the royal capital of Macedonia and it was adorned with an impressive palace, a theater, and a series of tumuli (earth mounts covering royal tombs) that have yielded an incredible amount of Hellenistic era treasures and art.
One of the most delightful Doric temples of Greece, the temple of Aphaia is located atop the pine-clad Mesagro hill on the northeast end of the island, and it is encircled by excellent views of the Saronic Gulf and the surrounding area. Also: Ancient Aegina and the Archaeological Museum
No loud declaration exists of the Agora's contributions in the
history of the western civilization. Instead, a mass of silent ruins
invite the visitors to follow the historical clues and to unravel
the Ariadnes thread all the way back to the Theseus' era of heroes...Hephesteion
Today, Delphi is one of the most attractive archaeological sites
of Greece. Its rich grounds and museum represent classical antiquity
with such clarity even the uninitiated visitor can grasp. Its importance
as an archaeological site, coupled with its location at an idyllic
landscape makes it one of the most visited sites of Greece.
For more inrormation regarding the Archaeological
site of Delphi, the histrory, and the art, visit Delphi
The limestone seats of the theater were weather beaten and nested
in a respectful semicircle between the two enormous retaining walls.
I entered the theater and stood alone in the middle of the orchestra
pausing to comprehend the majestic scenery...
Lindos reached its highest development during the 6th c. BCE under
the tyranny of the Kleovoulos, famed for his riddle-solving and
law drafting abilities. At this time the temple of Athena (probably
founded in 1000 BCE) was rebuilt and dedicated with the spoils of
the wars of the Rhodian against the Lyceans of Asia Minor....
Those who made a commitment to undergo a meeting with the spirits
of the non living were putting themselves in great danger and thus
they had to undergo elaborate rituals in order to be prepared physically...
Visit the Neromanteio
What a sight this must have been when the ancient Greek seafarers
laid their eyes at the majestic Temple of Poseidon at the very tip
of cape Sounio. There must have been no better reward for sailors
who braved the waves of the Aegean Archipelago...
A collection of pictures that includes photos from the majority
of the ancient Greek theaters with brief descriptions and location.