Ancient Work of Art

There are so many wonderful museums with amazing examples of art and sculpture in Greece. We visited quite a few of them. However, some of the most beautiful works of art actually aren’t in the museums.They are the ruins themselves.

This particular set comes from Sounion. The ruins are that of a gorgeous Temple of Poseidon. It’s hard to tell, but it is actually on top of a beautiful cape, overlooking an ocean view on all sides. According to mythology, this was the cape that the ancient king of Athens, Aegeus, leapt to his death after assuming that his son Theseus was dead. Theseus had gone to Crete to fight the Minotaur, and his father asked him that when he sailed for home to put a white sail if he defeated the monster, and a black sail if he had perished. Theseus, as we all know, finished his quest, but forgot to put up the white sail. In his grief, Aegeus took his own life.

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T4i

Lens: 18-135 mm IS STM

Date: June 2013

Location: Sounion, Greece

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“But, ancient Greece and ancient Rome – people did not happen to believe that creativity came from human beings back then, OK? People believed that creativity was this divine attendant spirit that came to human beings from some distant and unknowable source, for distant and unknowable reasons.” -Elizabeth Gilbert

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