Tuesday, May 22, 2018

2018 Eastern Mediterranean Trip - Day 28, Mycenae and Nafplio

Mycenae...

Legendary city of Agamemnon, one of the leaders of the Greeks in the Trojan War. Coming to Mycenae, we are traveling back a thousand, fifteen hundred years earlier than the time of Roman greatness and the Nabateans that we saw in Jordan - 1600 to 1200 BC. But like all great civilizations, the Mycenaean met its doom. Their place was swept aside by people who did not even have writing.  Let us see if we can put ourselves in their shoes at the time of judgment. 

Imagine you are the last King of Mycenae
You live in one of the great fortress/palaces of your world
You look out over the lands you control to the very Aegean Sea
But the moment has come
The feared Tour Bus Tribe who revere no one and no place have arrived
Relentlessly they make their way up to assault you
They mass before the very Lion Gates you set up to mark you greatness


Sadly you have become weak as a people
Your place is now ruins
All there is left is to take your body
And deposit it in the vast tomb you've created



Alas, now there is nothing but the remnants for those to ponder your greatness thousands of years in the future
Your death mask
The weapons buried with you
They will excavate and find
Jewelry
Figurines

Pottery

Examples that show that you surrounded yourself with bright, painted interiors

They will look at this figure from 1200 BC 
And notice the uncanny resemblance to a scene from a Church in Citta di Castello Italy, 2400 years later!
 
Let us leave this ancient world and go to the modern city of Nafplio
We encounter the day-to-day of Greek living



We enjoy a good meal
Saganaki - Fried Cheese
Stewed Green Beans
Lamb braised in lemon
Grilled Fish
Then back into the town


The spirit of the photographer is with us
As are the echos of Ottomans and Venetians who both once ruled over this coast




And finishing with a burst of color







 

 
 






2 comments:

PhotoWalks inAthens said...

I am enjoying so much both of your blogs!
You are true ambassadors of my country!
(isn't Nafplio the most beautiful town...?)

alexis said...

the art looks very Egyptian. COINCIDENCE?? I think not.