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.

(from Wikipedia)

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Comments (296)

nausga on August 31, 2011

Χρήστο, τη βρήκα τυχαία, μου άρεσε πολύ, τη ψήφισα και εύχομαι καλή επιτυχία!

Χαιρετισμούς, Ναυσικά.

Christos Theodorou on August 31, 2011

nausga - Ναυσικά, ευχαριστώ για το σχόλιο καθώς επίσης και για την ψήφο.

Passator Cortese PH on August 31, 2011

Beautiful archaeological photo and scenery! Like!

Greetings from Italy, Francesco.

Christos Theodorou on August 31, 2011

Passator Cortese PH - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

Alexkarl on September 6, 2011

Wonderful scenery and colours.Good shot! LIKE!!! Best regards Alexandra & Karl-Heinz

Christos Theodorou on September 6, 2011

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

Rod Rich on September 7, 2011

Marvelous photo. L125

From Český ráj kindest greetings, Roman

Christos Theodorou on September 7, 2011

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

S@ndro Cressi © on September 8, 2011

Christos , questa la preferisco tra tutte . Complimenti hai ripreso questo magnifico monumento creando uno scenario appropriato . Sembra che da un momento all'altro arrivi un esercito di achei per l'ennesima battaglia , davvero una fantastica immagine !!

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Christos Theodorou on September 8, 2011

@ndro Cresseri - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

Boris Jurišić on September 8, 2011

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

Catherine A on September 14, 2011

Jolie photo. like

Christos Theodorou on September 14, 2011

Catherine A - Merci pour votre visite et le commentaire. Amitiés d’ Athènes

davidcmc58 on September 21, 2011

Wow and liked! Cheers, David

Christos Theodorou on September 21, 2011

davidcmc58 - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

Fabrizio Faber on September 25, 2011

Very nice shot. Compliments

Christos Theodorou on September 25, 2011

Fabrizio (Latium900) - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

Seima I on October 7, 2011

Nice composition! Beautiful shot!!

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