Posts Tagged With: Athens

SOUVENIRS Ever Heard Of The Cycladic Idols?

These figurines impressed the greatest painters and sculptors … … AND I CAN’T THINK OF A MORE BEAUTIFUL SOUVENIR FROM GREECE! Delicate, mostly marble figurines, carved between 5000 and 1600 B. C. Simple beauties, from 7 to 40 cm high, used in today mysterious cults on the Cycladic islands (in the Agean Sea, but not … Continue reading »

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ANIMALS The Book To Look … (No. 35)

How insects gave us the soundtrack of our existenceAccording to Socrates, who journeyed to the countryside outside of Athens to hear their siren song, cicadas were the re-incarnation of human poets and singers. In his latest book, „Bug Music“ (St. Martin’s Press, 288 pages, US$ 26.99), David Rothenberg continues his exploration of the relationship between … Continue reading »

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ISLANDS Oh, What A Shame … (No. 14)

Want a piece of the bancrupt Greek? Now you have a chance! Yes, Greece is bancrupt. In the so called „Euro Crisis“ this European republic (one of the oldest) was the first to declare herself unable to pay even the salaries of the public servants. No problem, some critics said, Greece got ca. 6000 islands, … Continue reading »

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SECRETS The Conversation Piece … (No. 22)

Do you know why the Parthenon on the Acropolis is so beautiful?I know. Because my friend Vassili, one of the most erudite man in Athens, has told me. He is a teacher for Old Greek, the language of the people who rested this huge temple on the rock, towering over the Greek capital. For centuries … Continue reading »

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