5000 years

old

Athens

wiki: The city of Athens, with its famous Acropolis, has come to symbolize the whole of the country in the popular imagination, and not without cause. Athens began as a small, Mycenaean community and grew to become a city that, at its height, epitomized the best of Greek virtues. Future conquerors would defeat Athens but not destroy it

Evidence of human habitation on the Acropolis and, below, in the area around the Agora, dates back clearly as far as 5000 BC and, probably, as early as 7000 BC. According to legend, the Athenian King Cecrops named the city after himself, but the gods, seeing how beautiful it was, felt it deserved an immortal name. A contest was held among the gods on the Acropolis, with Cecrops and the citizenry looking on, to determine which deity would win the honor

Poseidon struck a rock with his trident and, as water gushed forth, he assured the people that now they would never suffer drought. Athena was next in line and dropped a seed into the earth which sprouted swiftly as an olive tree. The people thought the olive tree more valuable than the water (as, according to some versions of the story, the water was salty, as was Poseidon’s realm) and Athena was chosen as patron and the city named for her

 

 

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13 comments on “5000 years”

  1. Nope. I can’t spot you waving down there in amongst all those homes dear Pelly. I did look ! ;) <3

  2. Nice clarity in these pics Pelly. One day, finally, I will get to Athens!
    Alison

  3. Hi Pelly, I would love to use one of these images for a blog post I am writing on my blog about the polykatoikia. Do you think you might allow it with suitable attribution and link? Datelineatlantis.wordpress.com

  4. […] Athens cityscape courtesy of pelly*made; back lot from 3-narrate.blogspot.com/; Athens by night, winter 2012, from […]


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