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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Comments (518)

coolbush on August 11, 2011

Hello Christos, a wonderful capture!!! Congratulations. LIKE 241 Kind regards Thomas

Christos Theodorou on August 12, 2011

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

İsmail Taşoğlu (yemt… on August 13, 2011

Greetings Christos,

Wonderful photo.. Excellent presentation. Congratulations.

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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 13, 2011

©yemtaş - Ismail, iyi akshamlar, tessekur ederim "for voting, visite and comments".

stefano.al on August 13, 2011

Spectacular image Christos Theodorou for this beautiful place.

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Greetings from Italy, Stefano

Christos Theodorou on August 13, 2011

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

galfer on August 13, 2011

Beautiful landscape Christos,that guy in the corner, a fan of Panoramio?. Nice shot. LIKE-243.

Greetings from México.

galfer.

Christos Theodorou on August 14, 2011

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

Augusto j s on August 14, 2011

Buongiorno Christos! Bellissima questa immagine, mi piacciono molto i colori caldi, hai fatto un bel lavoro, complimenti e un forte abbraccio, Guto.

Christos Theodorou on August 14, 2011

gutoa100 - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

Sanja Kosanovic on August 14, 2011

Great! :)

Like it!

Bye, Sanja

Christos Theodorou on August 14, 2011

Sankos - Many thanks Sanja, for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

lana maria miranda on August 15, 2011

Fantastic atmosphere, Christos Theodorou!!!

I really LIKE it!

漂亮妈咪 on August 15, 2011

Beautiful sky, sea, mountains; too beautiful. Wonderful combination, I really like it.

Christos Theodorou on August 15, 2011

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

Christos Theodorou on August 15, 2011

漂亮妈咪 - many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

Juca Lodetti on August 15, 2011

What a such magnificent photo! The colors, the scenary, the everything looks great. Thanks about your comments and visit Christos! from Brasil, Julio

Marco Balsinha on August 15, 2011

A fantastic shot, love the human detail of the photographer, Like, greetings from Portugal

Christos Theodorou on August 15, 2011

JucaLodetti

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

*Cri* Photo on August 15, 2011

I have have already said what I think about this image. This time YS


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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)
    • Focal Length: 105.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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