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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 (209)

c. bayernengel on July 2, 2011

schöne abendliche Stimmung, like

Ho Tich Chau on July 2, 2011

Very nice picture; great composition . LIKE The best regards from France. châu.

AndyUrbina on July 3, 2011

Bello cuadro marino, excelente composición.Like. Saludos cordiales, Andy

FotOlga on July 3, 2011

Beautiful picture! l. Greetings, Olga

kilsonRJ on July 3, 2011

linda foto,,parabens Christos--like 17

mar-al on July 3, 2011

Bardzo ładne zdjęcie, LIKE, pozdrawiam, Marek

Christos Theodorou on July 3, 2011



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Ho Tich Chau





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.

dziwnowik on July 3, 2011


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Alper Parmak on July 3, 2011

Wonderful shot. Best wishes, ALPER.

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Christos Theodorou on July 3, 2011



ALPER 1996

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

Norma i on July 3, 2011

LIKE22 Muy bella imagen de colores estupendos. Saludos, Norma

Gholami Mohsen on July 4, 2011

Hi , That was my great honor to have you visit my gallery

Wonderful photo! LIKE

Proud you chose as your friend and I Lystm Ed.


javad aleali on July 4, 2011

Excellent photo


Ocminter octavio on July 4, 2011

Genial, todo un canto a la tranquilidad y la paz


Saludos cordiales, Octavio ;-))

Christos Theodorou on July 4, 2011


javad Ale ali


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

Christos Theodorou on July 4, 2011

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

romulus111 on July 4, 2011

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

Christos Theodorou on July 4, 2011

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

İsmail Taşoğlu (yemt… on July 5, 2011

Hı Christos,

  • Very excellent place and capture picture.. Beautiful sharing and shooting. .

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Best wishes, İsmail

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