My next lens is part II of Ancient Greece Odyssey: The Acropolis of Athens, posted 5/22/07.
What This Lens is About
My third day in Athens, visiting the Parthenon and monuments of the Acropolis. Originally it also covered the Museum of Athens, but that’s now a separate lens.
The Parthenon was massive, powerful, yet as familiar as my hand. There it stood high over Athens in the blue sky, sun, and open air. The wind was gentle, yet its soft breath added a sense of timeless presence and the natural world. Birds added a lively presence to silent stone: pigeons, doves, magpies, sparrows and swallows.
The old marble is faint gold. How many have walked there? I nearly shed my shoes again, but we had to keep moving. Our guide, Anna, provided a quick orientation to the Acropolis: the sack by the Persians, the Periclean building program (Parthenon’s dates: 448-447 BCE), the Parthenon’s use and the damage it suffered in recent millennia.
Why I Made This Lens
Yet again, my goal for Ancient Greece Odyssey is to share my journey to and love of ancient Greek sites.
Things I Learned Making This Lens
Vary blocks of text and photo galleries. Too much of anything gets long. I also found and linked to a good site on Greek art history where my readers could go for more details instead of filling the lens with too much info.
Things I DIDN’T Learn Making This Lens
Yet again I tried to cover too much on one lens: a whole day in Athens which included multiple museums and monuments. Keep lenses focused on one topic. Don’t use artificial divisions like days. Break your topic into smaller chunks and link lenses together. I later broke the “museums” section onto a separate lens.
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- Part One: Arrival in Athens
- Part Two: The Acropolis of Athens
- Part Two B: Museums of Athens
- Part Three: Eleusis, Demeter and Persephone
- Part Four: The Temple of Apollo at Delphi
- Part Five: The Citadel of Mycenae
- Part Six: The Palace of Tiryns
- Part Seven: The Sanctuary of Epidaurus