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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)

Dimitrios Makris on August 4, 2011

Like/favorite & Voted

Stella Trantallidou … on August 5, 2011

Εξαιρετική φωτο!!!

Αρέσει 99,


Christos Theodorou on August 5, 2011

Stefka Gorgorova

morfeasss - many thanks for your vote also.


Many thanks for your visit and nice comments. Greetings from Athens / Ευχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο.

atroune abdelmalek on August 6, 2011

Very interesting photo and beautiful view...Like100 ! Greetings from Algeria,Atroune

Witold Lewandowski on August 7, 2011

V+L!Greetings from Poland Witek

minusca on August 7, 2011

Formidable! Voted+like minu

İsmail Taşoğlu (yemt… on August 7, 2011

Greetings Christos...,

Wonderful photo.. Excellent presentation. Congratulations.

<> BO & LİKED YS & F<>

I gave my vote of course this picture.

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I wish you success and the best of luck...!!!

Best wishes, İSMAİL

Christos Theodorou on August 7, 2011

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.

witold lewandowski, minusca, ©yemtaş thanks also for your votes

zanot10 - NO VIEWS on August 8, 2011

Very good capture! LIKE!

Greetings Z.

Christos Theodorou on August 8, 2011

zanot10 - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

行者无路 on August 8, 2011

Very wonderful shot !!! Like

Best greetings from China !行者无路

choniron NO VIEWS on August 8, 2011

Great shot, LK, beautiful place. Warm greetings, José.

Christos Theodorou on August 8, 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 August 8, 2011

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

Antonio Sánchez Lojo on August 8, 2011

LIKE. I added you a my list favorite photographers.Gretings

Christos Theodorou on August 9, 2011

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

Jan van Oosthuizen (… on August 9, 2011
  • Dear Christos,
  • Found in the contest and Voted. Good luck and Greetings, **Jan
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

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    by Christos Theodorou
    • Camera: SONY DSLR-A350
    • Taken on 2011/06/11 19:43:47
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
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    • F/Stop: f/6.300
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