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 (284)

Juan PIXELECTA on July 18, 2011

Una preciosidad de fotografía Christos Theodorou. La luz y la composición es de lo mejor. LK

clisha00 on July 18, 2011

very nice! greetings. L

javad aleali on July 18, 2011

Very nice shot

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digitaaal on July 18, 2011

Lovely shot.

Friendly greetings from Hungary, Pista

Dr.Azzouqa on July 18, 2011

Beautiful place.

Excellent shot.

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Best wishes from Jordan.

Mustafa

Christos Theodorou on July 19, 2011

[[[JuanPIXELECTA]]]

clisha00

javad Ale ali

digitaaal

Dr.Azzouqa


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

Tomáš Gregor on July 19, 2011

Nádherný záber. Dobré svetlo. Like. Pozdravujem. Tomáš.

Christos Theodorou on July 19, 2011

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

Søren Terp on July 19, 2011

Soooooooooooooooooooooo beautiful - like!

Christos Theodorou on July 19, 2011

terp16 - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

Đorđe Grujičić on July 20, 2011

Wonderful photo.Like.

Christos Theodorou on July 20, 2011

B222 - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

José Mª Alvarez Soli… on July 20, 2011

Beautiful photo, the story around these ruins, in its time was a center of culture and power, and today is a reminder of those times.

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Regards from Spain. José Mª

Christos Theodorou on July 20, 2011

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

trester88 on July 20, 2011

Beautiful photo and nice place! I visited in 1980 and it's still standing there ;-)

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Many thanks for your visit!

Best wishes, Wilhelm

Christos Theodorou on July 20, 2011

trester88 (Wilhelm) - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

geotsak☺ on July 23, 2011

Πολύ Καλή!!! Α-84!!!

Christos Theodorou on July 25, 2011

geotsak☺ - Ευχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο.

Valentine Verchenko on July 25, 2011

Beautiful ruin.

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Warm greetings from Russia. Valentine

Christos Theodorou on July 25, 2011

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

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