Glimpses of Greece is a combination of mythology, archaeology, and history, as these came to life for me at various sites in Greece. People and Places takes us to Crete, Mycenae, and Athens and introduces us to Theseus, Minos, Agamemnon, Athena, Philip II, Apostle Paul and Lord Byron.
Meeting the Minotaur: Theseus at Knossos
Meeting the Minotaur tells the story of Theseus, the Minotaur, and what the archaeology of Crete contributes to our understanding of the legend. Click here for the full slide show.
Agamemnon at Home: Mycenaean Greece and the Trojan War
After that, we go to the mainland, to Myceanae, where Agamemnon ruled. He led the thousand ships to Troy for the 10-year war, but I am more interested in Agamemnon at Home. Who were the Mycenaeans? What did they build? What happened to them? Click here for the slide show.
Athena and Her City: A Protective Goddess
To appreciate Athens you need to know how the myths surrounding the goddess Athena were understood by the Greeks and how they affected the development of the classical Athens we still honor today. For a slide show, click here.
Philip, Paul and George: Three Who Created Greece
Philip, Paul and George were three “outsiders” who profoundly influenced Greece. Philip, the father of Alexander to Great, unified the competitive Greek city-states and made Alexander’s conquests possible. Paul the Apostle brought the Christian religion to Greece. George Gordon, Lord Byron, led the struggle to help the Greeks gain independence from Turkish rule. For a slide show, click here.
Also see: Glimpses of Greece, Part II: Ancient Arts