Sounion - "Luce eterna" 20 - 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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Christos Theodorou on October 19, 2011

ania.nitka1 - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

Christos Theodorou on October 20, 2011

NEFERTITI D'AKENATON - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

PAGOPAGO on October 26, 2011

2 - For many of my shots the best moment is the sunset: none around and the magic bluelight could transform the moment of the shot in a very personal and intimate contact with the subject. Like you as I can see in this shot...

Christos Theodorou on October 26, 2011

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

peacemaker453354 (No… on October 27, 2011

Hi,christos..what a wonderful world..like-81..greetings..Johnnie.

Christos Theodorou on October 27, 2011

peacemaker453354 - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

= Cinzia Anzalone = on November 12, 2011

Beautiful photograph and perfect composition. Like. Greetings from Italy.

Christos Theodorou on November 12, 2011

= Cinzia Anzalone = - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

S@ndro Cressi © on December 7, 2011

Great shot , wonderful image !!

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S@ndro

Christos Theodorou on December 7, 2011

S@ndro Cressi - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

Miguel Bortfeldt on October 1, 2012

Excellent composition and wonderful capture. L+F. Best wishes, Miguel.

Christos Theodorou on October 1, 2012

Miguel Bortfeldt - Many thanks for your visit and comments - Friendly greetings from Athens

pembo VIEWS? - NEVER… on February 3, 2013

A very beautiful capture, well seen - L86!

Liebe Grüße aus Kiel, pembo

*Irina* on February 3, 2013

Hello Christos!

Wonderful composition..2L.

Warm greetings, Irina

Christos Theodorou on February 3, 2013

pembo

Irina


Many thanks for your visit and comments – Friendly greetings from Athens // Merci pour votre visite et le commentaire – Amitiés d’ Athènes

KWO Tsoumenis on February 3, 2013

Πάρα πολύ καλό το... "Αρχαίο Φεγγάρι" ~ LIKE88

Σήμερα θα έχεις και την πρώτη σου "κατοστάρα"!

Kαλό υπόλοιπο Κυριακής :-)

Christos Theodorou on February 3, 2013

KWO Tsoumenis - Ευχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο. Πολλούς χαιρετισμούς.

Christos Theodorou on March 4, 2014

Thierry Sugarth - Merci pour votre visite et le commentaire – Amitiés d’ Athènes

Józef Wierciński on May 3, 2014

φεγγάρι....LIKE

Christos Theodorou on May 4, 2014

Józef Wierciński - Ευχαριστώ θερμά για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο. Πολλά χαιρετίσματα

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