Sounion - "Luce eterna" 16 - AUG. 2011 CONTEST

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SOUNION - MYTHOLOGY: From the rock of Sounion suicided the king of Athens Aegeas, seeing in the sea returning from Crete the ship of his son Thisseas with a black flag, because Thisseas had forgotten to put the white flag, as he had agreed with his father, if he killed Minotaurus. In the memory of Aegeas, the all sea was named Aegean sea.

(C. Theodorou)

SOUNION - HISTORY AND ARCHEOLOGY: Sounion (or “columns” [kolones] or [Kavokolones]) is named the cape in the southern extremity of the prefecture of Attica. The beach are rocky and abruptly. It is raised almost vertical by the sea in big height shaping to the west a small gulf that with isthmus is separated from another eastern bay. Sounion is kown because of its important, from shipping opinion, place but also because of the ruins of the ancient temple of Neptune that are found on it. In this cape existed from their ancient years temple of Athena, protector of Attica. Homer called it “holy Sounion” (Odyssey III, 278), is also reported however by other later writers as Sophocles (Aias 1235), Euripides (Kyklopes 292), Pausanias (I, 1) and Vitrouvios (IV 7). Sounion was fortified at the 9th year of Peloponnesian War for the protection of the transportation of cargoes of wheat (Thoukidides VIII 4) and in particular this fortress was considered the more powerful of Attica, as as reported by Demosthenes (“on crown” 238), Libius (XXXI, 25) and Skylax (21). His walls, departments of which are saved up to today, had thickness of 3,5 m. and encompassed circularly the space in region 500 m. while per 20 metres the wall brought protective square towers. However in general then the region of Sounion reached to the east up to the bay of Thoriko, to the north to the current port of Lavrion, and from westwards up to Anaflystos possessing thus the “Souniaki edge” («τον γουνόν τον Σουνιακόν»] as Herodotus reports (IV 99). The city of Sounion was a coastal small city in the western bay, and the resident “Souniefs” belonged to the race of Leontis and later from 200 BC to the race of Attalis. In 265 BC Patroclus, admiral of Ptolemy built on the opposite island, today named Patroklos, an also strong fortress with the garrison of which succeeded Antigonus Gonatas to occupy Sounion in 260 BC , which was given by Aratos later again to the Athenians in 229 BC.

In 1762 in Sounion wrecked the English poet William Falkoner (1732-1769) who traveled from Venice to Alexandria. About this shipwreck, and his experience, described in a famous poetic trilogy entitled "The shipwreck", which received special acceptance and admiration from critics and the public at the time.

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Comments (280)

Christos Theodorou on August 9, 2011

travelingcrow - Many thanks for your visit, vote and comments. Kind regards from Athens

Ge Ko on August 10, 2011

Really very interestingly, this composition of the photo!

Like 109

Best wishes,

Ge Ko

Christos Theodorou on August 10, 2011

Ge Ko - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

Kleopatra Manoliou on August 10, 2011

Πολύ όμορφη! Α 110.

Christos Theodorou on August 11, 2011

Cleo Manoliou- Eυχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο

Małgorzata Smołka on August 11, 2011

Interesujące i ładne zdjęcie, LIKE 7 VOTED!!! Pozdrawiam, Gosia

Christos Theodorou on August 11, 2011

Gosi@ - Many thanks for your visit, vote and comments. Kind regards from Athens

köfteci enişte on August 12, 2011

Nice composition.

greetings from İstanbul.

Christos Theodorou on August 12, 2011

köfteci enişte - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens to guzel Istanbul

The Man in the Maze™ on August 12, 2011

I found another of your great pictures a new entry in my favourites golden stars, I am intrigued, why did you choose this title?

Guizel J.c on August 12, 2011

Very beautiful photo and composition

YS & LIKE

have a good weekend

cheers.GUIZEL

taoy on August 12, 2011

Hi Christos, great place, nice composition and very impressive shot! YS + Like

Greetings from Tokyo, Japan.

Christos Theodorou on August 13, 2011

The Man in the Maze - I choose this title just as a tribute to the ancient greek civilisation. In italian language is more poetic, if I wrote it in greek, perhaps a lot of people in the world could not understand it, except my greek friends.

guizel

taoy


Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens / Merci pour votre visite et le commentaire. Amitiés d’ Athènes

Zdzisław Ignarski on August 13, 2011

Fantastic place and photo. Greets oolalaa.

Christos Theodorou on August 14, 2011

oolalaa - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

Manek Taolin on August 14, 2011

Very beautiful place & photo!

L+F

Christos Theodorou on August 14, 2011

Manek Taolin - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

ch' caf' on August 14, 2011

Une magnifique photo et un beau témoignage du passé. J'aime! Amitiés, Christian

Christos Theodorou on August 14, 2011

ch' caf' - Merci Christian pour votre visite et le commentaire. Amitiés d’ Athènes.

petinaki on August 19, 2011

Άριστη!!! Κρατείται!

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