Sounion - "Luce eterna" 22 - 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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ka9894 on July 1, 2011

Great capture, fantastic !


Best wishes, :)


AntonioJVidaL on July 1, 2011

Best of PANORAMIO...LK1 + YS1, AJVL.

7miki7 on July 1, 2011

Excellent shot with wonderful evening atmosphere!!!


Greetings, Miki.

Snežana Davidović on July 1, 2011

Wonderful photo!!! like Greetings :)))

Ismail Yaşartekin on July 1, 2011

Excellent photo. LİKE 5 + FAV.

Best wishes, greetings. İSMAİL

Christos Theodorou on July 1, 2011






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

Dieter Hockertz for … on July 1, 2011

Very impressive picture.


Best wishes Dieter

roby b on July 1, 2011

fantastic shot,

like. greetings roby b

Christos Theodorou on July 1, 2011

Dieter Hockertz

roby b

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

Stathis Chionidis on July 1, 2011

Θα ηθελα να ημουνα στη θεση του.Ομορφη ματια και ληψη.Στθης

Christos Theodorou on July 1, 2011

Stathis Chionidis - Μόνο 70 klm από το κέντρο είναι το Σούνιο, δεν είναι και δύσκολο! Πιθανότατα την Κυριακή να είμαι πάλι εκεί για κανένα μπανάκι αυτή τη φορά. Και πάλι σ' ευχαριστώ για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο.

Milla Marder on July 1, 2011

Hello Christos Theodorou !! Wonderful shot!!! beautiful colors and great composition!! :)) like I like the view, and it has a calm atmosphere :)) Best wishes from Israel Milla

Christos Theodorou on July 2, 2011

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

Seyithan BOZDEMİR on July 2, 2011

Beautiful photo wonderful view

► Best regards

► Seyit

Christos Theodorou on July 2, 2011

► Seyit.47 - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

Την καλημέρα μου φίκε Χρήστο, με πολλές ευχές για καλημέρα, καλό μήνα και καλό καλοκαίρι και βεβαίως Α-10, για την υπέροχη φωτογραφία σου!! Ευχαριστώ πολύ για τα καλά σου λόγια-Νίκος.

Πρόκειται για μια εξαιρετικά όμορφη εικόνα! Αρέσει!

petros bounas on July 2, 2011

Φανταστικη!!!! αρέσει.

romulus111 on July 2, 2011

The very gold photo like Thank you for visit nice comment and like - Greetings Romulus

Christos Theodorou on July 2, 2011



petros bounas


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

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  • Uploaded on July 1, 2011
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    by Christos Theodorou
    • Camera: SONY DSLR-A350
    • Taken on 2011/06/11 20:36:24
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
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    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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