March 28, 2011

0 Greece: Athens (ancient )

Large clay silos used in Byzantine times for storing cereals, found in...

the ruins of an old Roman bath.  This bath was discovered and excavated when a ventilation shaft for the Metro was being dug.  Needless to say, the ventilation shaft was moved.

Pieces of history in the National Gardens.

Pillar bases found in...

the Southeastern Exedra of the Library of Hadrian.

I'm not entirely sure what this tower is; I was fairly caught up with the dog sleeping near it.

Detail of above tower.

The Athens Gate, or the Arch of Hadrian.   The northwest side, facing the Acropolis, is inscribed "This is Athens, the ancient city of Theseus", while the southeast side, facing the Temple of Zeus/Olympeion reads "This is the city of Hadrian, and not of Theseus."

The upper portion (attic) represents Greece with its Corinthian columns...

while the lower portion represents Rome, as a traditional triumphal arch.

These four images show remnants of antiquity near the Amphiteatre of Dionysus.

These excavations are in front of and under the New Acropolis Museum.  The museum was built with a clear floor so visitors can see the excavations take place.

We walked over to and took the tram up Mount Lycabettus, the highest point in modern Athens.  When the Parthenon was built, this lay outside of the city walls, therefore the Acropolis was the highest point in antiquity.
These are the views from the top.   The Panathenaic Stadium.

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