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 (527)

minusca on August 16, 2011

Fantastic mood. Voted+like minu

GWHoffman on August 16, 2011

The silhouette of the man in the foreground makes the beautiful shot even more special. LK 250.

Regards, Glenn

Samantha Lacy ღ on August 24, 2011

A beautiful capture!...I like it too :)

Best wishes from England


Laurentiu Mitu on August 25, 2011
Christos Theodorou on August 29, 2011

Many thanks to all of you for your visit and so many kind comments. Best regards from Athens – Christos / Je vous rémercie tous pour votre visite et les aimables commentaires. Amitiés d’ Athènes – Christos. / Ευχαριστώ θερμά όλους σας για τις επισκέψεις και τα ευγενικά σας σχόλια. Χαιρετισμούς από Αθήνα - Χρήστος.

Passator Cortese PH on August 31, 2011

Very fantastic landscape and colors! Like!

Greetings from Italy, Francesco.

Christos Theodorou on August 31, 2011

Passator Cortese PH - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

Sofia Prado on September 1, 2011

LIKE.Lindo fim de tarde,maravilhoso. Sofia.

Christos Theodorou on September 2, 2011

Sofia kawka do Prado - Many thanks for your visit and comments. Kind regards from Athens

M Vargas on September 4, 2011

Fantastic shot. Congratalations.

Christos Theodorou on September 5, 2011

Today is ny birthday! One year for me in Panoramio and 1.013.478 views!!! So I want to thank all of you for this amazing number that I never expected! Best regards from Athens – Christos

Aujourd’ hui c’ est mon aniversaire! Je fête un an à Panoramio et 1.013.478 de visites!!! Alors je dois rémercier tout le monde pour ce fabuleux numèro, que je ne pouvais pas imaginer, quand je montais ma prémière image, un an avant. Amitiés d’ Athènes – Christos

Με τη συμπλήρωση του ενός έτους στο Panoramio, οφείλω να ευχαριστήσω τους πάντες γι’ αυτόν τον απίστευτο αριθμό των 1.013.478 θεάσεων μέσα στη χρονιά αυτή, τον οποίο δεν είχα ούτε κατά διάνοια φανταστεί όταν ανέβασα την πρώτη μου φωτογραφία – Χαιρετισμούς από Αθήνα, Χρήστος

Christos Theodorou on September 5, 2011

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

Boris Jurišić on September 8, 2011



Christos Theodorou on September 8, 2011

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

s.silviya on September 9, 2011

Beautiful sunset photo like

Christos Theodorou on September 9, 2011

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

mateszilv on September 10, 2011

Golden picture. I liket it. Greetings, Sylvia

Christos Theodorou on September 10, 2011

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

Antara Kells on September 14, 2011

Very nice this image, with those colors orange, a beautiful place. Like- 259. Best Regards from Spain

Marek Kleman on September 14, 2011


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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
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