Friday, June 8, 2012

Day 4: Athens Nat. Archaeological Museum

High temperatures and heat exhaustion weakened our numbers today but the majority of us made it (by various forms of transport) to the National Archaeological Museum in Athens just north of the Omonia district.

This museum is vast and houses some of the finest archaeological artifacts from the Greek, Roman and Egyptian worlds. We first ventured into the Prehistoric wing,where Cycladic, and Mycenaean treasures are held. We then went into the Dark and Archaic wigs were we saw such famous works as the Dipylon Krater showing the burial of Hector, the bronze Poseidon sculpture, and then only part of the Classical wing, where the Syracuse Aphrodite, and arrows recovered from the battlefield of Thermopylae reside.

 Some of our students climbing the steps to the museum

 "Italian" Holly with the famed Dipylon Krater

 Peter posing as Poseidon himself (and then being rebuked by museum guards.)

Professor Spanier explaining the finer points of Romano-Egyptian funerary masks to Italian Holly

After the morning session in the museum, we returned to ACG campus and I lead lectures on the Battle of Marathon (490 BCE) and the site of Delphi.

We are physically and mentally preparing ourselves for a visit to the battlefield of Marathon tomorrow, followed by a stop at the beach and a sunset visit to the Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sunion in southern Attika.

Derek is particularly excited to experience Marathon; AJ for the Temple of Poseidon.

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