|In the ruins of ancient Corinth, I contemplate the Temple of Apollo. Built in the 6th century B.C.E. these seven Doric columns are all that remain of the original thirty-eight.|
The Lion Gate helped protect King Agamemnon's Mycenae for centuries. Now, the massive bronze-clad wooden doors and lion's heads are gone, a testament to the destructive power of time.
|Here, also in Mycenae, is the giant 14th century B.C.E. tholos (meaning beehive) tomb known as the Treasury of Atreus. Because this tomb was ransacked in antiquity, we will never know what riches it held. However, it is quite possible that the mighty Agamemnon himself was buried here.|
|I engaged in a bit of people watching at the Parthenon in Athens. This iconic temple is dedicated to Athena Parthenos, the patron goddess of Athens, and once housed her 36 foot tall chryselephantine statute designed by the great Phidias.|