by Stefan Fletcher August. 02, 2009 4849 views

I haven't been posting much lately. I blame it on a combination of work and packing, but a friend of mine kindly took me out for the Great Athenian Tradition of the Weekend Jaunt, this time back to Rhamnous (where I tried to capture some early poppies which you can see in this post [photoblog.com]).

According to legend, in 480 BCE the Persians took with them a large block of marble in preparation for the monument to their inevitable victory. When the Greeks won their inevitable victory, they used the block to sculpt a statue to Nemesis, the goddess of divine retribution. Given the fact that Attica is hardly short of raw materials for knocking out the odd statute or two, the legend smacks of classical smugness to me.

Rhamnous lies on the north end of the Attican peninsula opposite Euboea, close to the famous site of Marathon, a battle ground for the ancient chocolate bar wars and the locus of a cult devoted to the god of jogging. The site features a temple to Nemesis and her drinking buddy, Themis (justice, you know, the blindfolded one with the scales) and a garrison fortress around which a town arose. It was used as the landing place for blockade runners during the Peloponnesian war. I'm (fairly) sure other exciting things have happened there in the ensuing 2,500 years but that's all I remember from the information board at the entrance. It's possible the information board stopped around there. Modern Greeks do not appear to believe in the continuity of history.

For a place so close to Athens (we all know how far Marathon is from Athens), it was remarkably empty and extraordinarily peaceful under the hot August sun.

These images were captured with a PnS POS and are posted in chronological order. The time gap between the midday glare and the soft, beautiful dusk can be explained by the Great Athenian Tradition of the Weekend Jaunt, which usually follows the following sequence:
1) drive as close as possible to where you're going
2) walk as little as possible under blazing sunshine around said destination to feed the soul
3) zip off to the beach to cool down
4) feed the rest of you in a fish taverna (squid, octopus, sprats and depending on how much of a deathwish you have, retsina)
5) Go home.
(steps 3 and 4 can be inverted but only, as every mother never tires to point out, with a two-hour interval in between)

I'm a great believer in obeying Tradition, but not of photographing food or beaches, so now you know.

Something bucolic

The temple dedicated to Nemesis. My friend and I argued about the meaning of hubris for which Nemesis is the payback. In Ancient Greek, hubris applies to the actions, in English (at least), it's the emotion. Don't have this kind of discussion with your friends

A fairly bad picture of the fortress of Rhamnous dominating the straits between Attica and the island of Euboea opposite.

More of the same

And then the soft and beautiful light of dusk with an olive orchard in the middle ground

More of that light

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Becky Brannon 11 years ago

I find the first one very interesting, so do you know what it is?

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Jarvo J 11 years, 11 months ago

Good to see you back too. Great shots especially for a pns.

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Jennye 11 years, 12 months ago

fantastic captures!!

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Peace4kidss 11 years, 12 months ago

so beautiful

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Thebronzebow 11 years, 12 months ago

Now see, I had a weekend run-around and while I wanted heat and sun and food and , yes even retsina, I got a bit of cold and damp instead. Still, much fun was had by all. Love the shapes of the farm implements in the first pic and would have loved to spend some time tromping all around there with you.

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David Swatton 11 years, 12 months ago

You just have to love that evening light.... but retsina, oh dear, wasn't there any diesel available?

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Mikkal Noptek 12 years ago

Lovely place and pictures

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Dorothe 12 years ago

LOL, what a wonderful place, I hope you enjoyed the whole program..

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Doris 12 years ago

What a light - this biblic landscape of No 5 goes directly to my favorites!

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Sandra Vermeulen 12 years ago

Comment on your text I leave it up to people who are aware of wath you are talking about .. ;o)
What I have to tell, photos 1 and 2, I think are very nice.

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Ines 12 years ago

fantastic set, I love the last one!!!

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Lynda 12 years ago

Glad to see you back posting. The last shot is particularly beautiful.

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