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 (296)

fanny71 on January 3, 2012

Wonderful place, nice shot. Lk. Thank you for your visit and nice comment in my gallery. Greetings from Italy, Fanny.

Christos Theodorou on January 3, 2012

fanny71 - Many thanks for your visit and comments – Best Wishes and Happy New Year - Kind regards from Athens

Kałużny on January 6, 2012

Beautiful..!!! Greetings

Christos Theodorou on January 6, 2012

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

Valais on January 12, 2012

Magnifique composition

Salutations Benoit

Christos Theodorou on January 13, 2012

Benoît Lattion - Merci pour votre visite et le commentaire. Amitiés d’ Athènes.

Heiner F. on January 19, 2012

Wow! Perfect composition. Very good.

Best wishes, Heiner

Christos Theodorou on January 19, 2012

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

Raúl Rausa on February 2, 2012

Wow, amazing scenery! Well done! Like& Y*. Greetings from Barcelona.

Christos Theodorou on February 2, 2012

Raúl Rausa - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens

© Franco Truscello on February 14, 2012

Wonderful scenery Christos, thanks for sharing.

Ciao, Franco

Christos Theodorou on February 14, 2012

©Franco Truscello - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens

baba49 on March 12, 2012

Beautiful. Mystical! Best regards from Switzerland, Barbara

Christos Theodorou on March 12, 2012

baba49 - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens

Michele Miccoli on March 12, 2012

Magnificent shot of marvelous Classical ruins!

LK 153 & YS 29

Ciao from Italia!


Christos Theodorou on March 12, 2012

Michele Miccoli - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Kind regards from Athens

Diane MP on April 26, 2012

Thank you very much for the historical (& very poignant mythological) information and for the wonderful shot! L!

Christos Theodorou on May 21, 2012


der Halberstädter

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

Germán Cruces Rajoan on February 2, 2013

Fenómenal captura, saludos cordiales de Germán. Vigo-España

Christos Theodorou on February 2, 2013

gercruces - Many thanks for your visit and comments – Friendly greetings from Athens

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