Sounion - "Luce eterna" 18 - 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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Πολύ καλή σύνθεση, ωραία χρώματα!!! Αρέσει!

Christos Theodorou on July 2, 2011

varkos - Eυχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο.

Franc Bardou on July 5, 2011

Composition très équilibrée, couleurs délicieuses. Félicitations YSL. Salutations.

Christos Theodorou on July 5, 2011

Franc Bardou - - Merci pour votre visite et le commentaire. Amitiés d’ Athènes.

Germán Cruces Rajoan on July 7, 2011

Chistos, toda una historia..., un saludo, Germán.

Christos Theodorou on July 7, 2011

Germán Cruces Rajoán - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

Vasilis Kouvalis on July 8, 2011

Ωραία η σειρά από Σούνιο, Χρήστο

Ξεχωρίζω αυτήν για την απλότητα στη σύνθεση, γιατί όπως έλεγαν κι οι αρχαίοι ημών πρόγονοι,..less is more ...

Christos Theodorou on July 9, 2011

Vasilis Kouvalis - Βασίλη κι εμένα προσωπικά αυτή μου αρέσει περισσότερο από όλες όσες τράβηξα εκείνο το απόγευμα (περίπου 150 σύνολο). Οι θεάσεις όμως δείχνουν άλλες προτιμήσεις. Σ' ευχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο,

林傑安(Enson) on July 9, 2011

Beautiful cultural heritages in the fantastic atmosphere.

Nice shot.

Liked.

Sincere greetings from Taiwan to Greece.

Christos Theodorou on July 9, 2011

林傑安(Enson) - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

Vasilis Anastopoulos on July 10, 2011

Πολύ όμορφα ζεστά χρώματα! Ωραία σύνθεση. Αρέσει

Χαιρετισμούς, Βασίλης

乾龍 on July 10, 2011

Good photography and beautiful colors

I like

Best wishes from Taiwan,Qianlong

Christos Theodorou on July 10, 2011

Vasilis Anastopoulos

乾龍


Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens / Eυχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο.

Christos Theodorou on July 11, 2011

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

Finn Lyngesen flfoto… on July 11, 2011

Lovely colorful capture. LIKE :o)

Greetings. Finn.

Christos Theodorou on July 11, 2011

Finn Lyngesen flfoto.dk - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

khoi tranduc on July 11, 2011

Very nice photo! Like!

Christos Theodorou on July 11, 2011

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

nestor_lp on July 12, 2011

excelente...!!!LIKE

Christos Theodorou on July 12, 2011

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

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