Monday, April 25, 2016

Onassis Center Show

We went to a show at the Onassis Center.  I couldn't take pictures there, but it was a way cool show about a village that was rediscovered  not that long ago.
The program and the statue outside the Onassis Center
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It was called "Dion" on the slope of Mt. Olympia.  In 2002 a flood forced people in this part of Greece to reroute a river to avoid flooding homes.  After the water receded, a Greek column topped by a statue of an eagle was uncovered.  More excavation found a huge complex built around 300
BC that flourished until at least 200 AD - judging by the statuary and whom temples are dedicated to.
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There are tablets from the earliest periods by Macedonian rulers giving title to lands - and much later Roman ruins that pay tribute to Agrippina the Elder (d 33AD) and Faustina the Younger (r 161-175 AD).
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Not just statuary, but also full roman tiled floors and various personal use items.  IT reminded us both of Pompeii, but this was covered by mud, not ash.
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They also have casts of the Elgin Marbles.  Made right when Sir Elgin took them under the permission of the Ottaman's.  Yeah, there is a big sign about all that.

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