Theater Of Epidaurus, Tomb Of Agamemnon & Mycenae
Last Day 😦
Mycenae & The Tomb Of Agamemnon
OMG! This was an incredible Infrared day from beginning to end! The sky and clouds were perfect, the light bright and over bearing and the subject matter blew me away! I did take some color (2 or 3) but the rest was 590nm Faux Color Infrared with a few B&W here and there for spice! The history of this place is out of this world, but Homer wrote the poem about Helen and Paris during the Trojan war which all started here!
The ancient city of Mycenae was once thought to exist only in ancient Greek legend and the epic poetry of Homer. It wasn’t until 1870 that an amateur archaeologist named Heinrich Schliemann found the fabled city. Many people doubted that he would find such a city, but using only landmarks from the text of Homers Iliad, Schliemann uncovered the remains of a once thriving civilization.
The city of Mycenae was the center of a large and powerful Mycenaean Greek civilization, which existed from circa 1900 B.C.E. to circa 1125 B.C.E. It is located in the south central part of what is present day Greece. The Mycenaean civilization was at its height between 1400 and 1200 B.C.E. It is believed that the entire civilization consisted of a few loosely joined city-states. Possible members of the city-states were Tiryns, Pylos, Thebes, Orchomenos, and of course Mycenae, which was the strongest.
The Mycenaean people were known to be warriors who lived for heroic battles. A monarch, who was supported by strong military leaders, ruled the Mycenaeans. Other people who held a high rank in society were the priests and bureaucrats. They kept precise records of inventory, distribution of materials for production, commodities produced, acquirement of land, and deliveries made. There were also lower members of society who were not nearly as important. They consisted of soldiers, peasants, artisans, serfs, and even slaves.
If you can only visit one or two ruins while visiting Greece, make sure that Mycenae is one of them!
Even this B&W image of the first image at the top of this post is breath taking in its ability to draw you into its depth! As I said, I am thrilled with the Infrared images that I got here. This was a perfect end to a great photography vacation!
Theater Of Epidaurus
Not as impressive as Mycenae but just as interesting is Epidaurus. This was another good location for Infrared photography and again while I took 3 or 4 color images I concentrated on 590nm Infrared!
The sanctuary of Asclepios at Epidaurus is a spiritual place worth traveling around the world to visit! In fact the ancient Greeks did just that in order to pay tribute to their spiritual entities in the face of Asclepios, and to ask the gods for remedies for their physical ailments. It was a healing center as well as a cultural center in ancient times. Epidaurus was built round the 3d Century BC and it is adorned with a multitude of buildings most famous of which is the ancient Theater of Epidaurus.
This is one of the very few theaters that retains its original circular “Orchestra” and it is a rear aesthetic sight. During Roman occupation of Greece, most theater “Orchestras” were changed from a circle to a semicircle but luckily The Theater at Epidaurus escaped intact. The view, aesthetics, and acoustics of the theater are breathtaking, as is the feeling I got when I sat on the ancient limestone stone seat–high up–and thought of all the ancients that might have shared this seat with me. The theater is still in use today with frequent plays, concerts, and festivals.