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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)

Katerina M on July 2, 2011

σας ευχαριστώ για αυτή τη λήψη! like+fav

Pasapa. on July 2, 2011

Well taken, Christos, like from Pasapa

erich theuretzbacher on July 3, 2011

Beeindruckendes Foto und sehr schöne Aufnahme!

Dafür bekommen Sie von mir LIKE ! # 19

Liebe Grüße von ETH36 aus Österreich.

Giorgi Baramidze on July 3, 2011

What an impressive view! Great composition and photo, Christos! Like! Best wishes from Georgia. Gio

Katerina M on July 3, 2011

το ανέβασα στο twitter και έτυχε πολλών RT! :)

Stojan Toshe Nikolov… on July 3, 2011

Wonderful shot of a beautiful place of history! Like!

All the best from Macedonia.

Koutoudis Grigoris on July 3, 2011





Christos Theodorou on July 3, 2011




Giorgi 1971

Stojan Toshe Nikolov…,


Many thanks to all of you for your visit and so many kind comments. Best regards from Athens – Christos / Je vous rémercie tous pour votre visite et les aimables commentaires. Amitiés d’ Athènes – Christos. / Ευχαριστώ θερμά όλους σας για τις επισκέψεις και τα ευγενικά σας σχόλια. Χαιρετισμούς από Αθήνα - Χρήστος.

ANTON CRUZ 1 on July 3, 2011

Una imagen intemporal de una cultura que tambien me pertenece a mí. Maravilloso encuadre. Un saludo, Anton.

Christos Theodorou on July 3, 2011

ANTON CRUZ 1 - Many thanks for your visit and so kind comments. Best regards from Athens – Christos

*Delfina* on July 3, 2011

Very beautiful capture!


Greetings, Mira

ALLWO - I LIKE PANOR… on July 4, 2011

Hallo Christos - Herzlichen Glückwunsch zu Deiner neuen Arbeit - Du hast wieder ein wunderbares Foto geschaffen - Die Gestaltung un die Lichtstimmung sind perfekt - LIKE 24 - Alles Gute wünscht Dir ALLWO -

Christos Theodorou on July 4, 2011



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

Christos Theodorou on July 4, 2011

sabu-mampallil-kottayam - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

Tom Portschy on July 4, 2011

Wonderful composition! Like

Best wishes from Hungary! Tom

*Irina* on July 4, 2011

Hello Christos!

Amazingly lovely, great historical place! Perfect picture with brilliant composition, L25.

All the best, Irina

Olivia2000 on July 4, 2011

Perfekt!!! Olivia

Christos Theodorou on July 4, 2011

Tom Portschy



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

dana ciszewska on July 4, 2011

Very beautiful place and photo.L.Dana

Lilian Jacobs on July 4, 2011

Zeer mooie beeldopbouw,ook geweldig mooi van kleurJe bent een goeg fotograaf!! like! Ik zal proberen stemmen...

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    by Christos Theodorou
    • Camera: SONY DSLR-A350
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