Sounion - "Luce eterna" 19

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

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)

Show more
Show less
Save Cancel Want to use bold, italic, links?

Comments (40)

« Previous12Next »
Christos Theodorou on July 13, 2011

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

romulus111 on July 13, 2011

Świetne Pięknnie pokazane historyczne miejsce like Greetings Romulus

Christos Theodorou on July 13, 2011

romulus111 - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

Vasilij on July 14, 2011

Красиво! Нравится. С уважением, Василий.

Christos Theodorou on July 15, 2011

Vasilij - many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

Сергей Борисов on July 18, 2011

Very nice night photo


Best wishes, Boris

Christos Theodorou on July 18, 2011

cep_ - many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens


Christos Theodorou on July 19, 2011

stathiskouts - Eυχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο

Hadi Natureboy (Saba… on July 20, 2011

Adorable shot.


Greetings, Sababoy.

Christos Theodorou on July 20, 2011

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

imakuman on July 24, 2011

Very beautiful and nice atmosphere!! LIKE

Christos Theodorou on July 25, 2011

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

Francesco Migliaccio on August 3, 2011

Riproduci una magica atmosfera che ti porta direttamente in braccia ad una sensazione di tranquillità. Best regards

Christos Theodorou on August 4, 2011

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

bettyzimmermann-matt… on November 18, 2011

Un lieu mythique que j'ai eu la chance de contempler de près.

Cette photo est très belle. La lumière est très évocatrice.

Merci pour le partage.

Amitiés. Betty

Christos Theodorou on November 18, 2011

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

Vasilis Anastopoulos on November 27, 2013

Πολύ όμορφη αποτύπωση του ναού του Ποσειδώνα την "μπλε" ώρα! Αρέσει

Χαιρετισμούς, Βασίλης

Pantelis65 on November 27, 2013

Καταπληκτική εικόνα Χρήστο. Α+Α, χαιρετισμούς Παντελής.

Christos Theodorou on November 27, 2013

Vasilis Anastopoulos


Ευχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο. Πολλούς χαιρετισμούς.

« Previous12Next »

Sign up to comment. Sign in if you already did it.

Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 1, 2011
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Christos Theodorou
    • Camera: SONY DSLR-A350
    • Taken on 2011/06/11 21:20:33
    • Exposure: 0.040s (1/25)
    • Focal Length: 150.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO800
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash