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Ancient Greek Ruins - Classical Architecture

Updated on July 8, 2012

At the Acropolis-Ancient Greek Ruins

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Living in the Land of the Greek Gods and Godesseses

In the mid 1960"s my father was stationed at Athenai Air Force Base a short distance from Athens, so we lived in Greece for three years. My father was an explorer at heart and his favorite subjects were history and geography, so of course they became my favorite subjects, And we lived in Greece!

So much history, so much mythology. It was all around us and so many weekends and certainly many vacation found us driving the length and breadth of the Greek peninsula to visit every possible ruin and historical site. It was a wonderful three years and of all the places we lived, it was my favorite.

So, brush up on your Greek history and mythology... dream expansively....see yourself there. Enjoy :)

Olive Trees, Blue Skies, Marble and Stone

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    • phdast7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thank you Audrey. It was a pleasure to create it. Took me back to my pre-teen years. :)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      Great hub! I love, love Greek art and architecture---beautifully done!

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      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      This a gorgeous hub! I really enjoyed view this. I have visted Greece and the Acropolis and was awed by its beauty and magnificence. I can see why you became a history professor. Your students must love you - you make history jump out and come alive for them! What an inspiration you are. And to think you lived in Greece for a while among all this beauty and history. Your photos make me want to revisit Greece as it has been so long since I have been there. Beautiful!

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Phdast7, I studies Ancient Greece ('5th Century Athens, Democracy And City State', to be exact:) ) so I really like Greek buildings and I especially like looking at their influence on neoclassical buildings; there are some gorgeous ones here in Bath and Edinburgh! I also visited the Palace At Knossos in Crete which was an amazing place - I heartily recommend it to anyone travelling to those parts of the world. Great hub, great photos, voted up.

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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      It is a marvelous place to visit...and to live! Cheap prices would be very nice. Thanks for the comments.

      Happy traveling and sightseeing, arm-chair or otherwise. :)

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      Just History 

      6 years ago from England

      perhaps with the euro crisis Greece will become a holiday spot as it is so cheap- as long as the art does not suffer- great photos refecting the glory of the age

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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      No stupid questions. ever. (my students are tired of hearing me say that I am sure.) :) To some extent it depends in how much time you have. If you have 40-60 days (like dying and going to heaven, well Greek heaven) I think you could wander the length and breadth of the mainland and hop over to several islands as well.

      But if you have 1-3 weeks, I would do Athens and the surrounding areas, and then on a second trip you could go north and explore some more and go south to the islands. And I agree with you - I would never go on a formulaic. time constrained bus tour. You want to rent a car and be free to spend as much or as little time as you want as you go.

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      David Taylor 

      6 years ago from UK

      That's fascinating - thanks. This might be a stupid question, but is it possible to get a real taste for Greece in a single trip, or is it best to say do Athens and the surroundings, and then go back for more, do you think? I hate going places as a full on tourist, if I'm honest, so I couldn't stand being bussed around the sights.

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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      plussize-lingerie- Definitely keep it on your list; it was a fabulous place to live in and explore. I think perhaps the difference is that the Classical Greek style was very simple and geometric.

      As European styles evolved and became more complex - the inheritors of the Roman Empire - western half, clearly diverged from the Roman Empire - eastern half. The eastern half which we refer to as the Byzantine empire looked to Constantinople, the Arabs, and later the Ottoman Turks for its inspiration.

      Greece was very much a part of the Byzantine empire in style, culture, religion, etc. I am not a specialist though, wish I knew more of the history. Thanks for commenting.

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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      oceansunsets- You are very welcome...happy to share while I took a walk down memory lane. What a wonderful place to go for a missions trip. I was always impressed when we went to Corinth. Greece is such an incredible country to roam around in; there is so much to discover.

      And that blue sky and the Mediterranean Sea. :)

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      Theresa Ast 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      SusieQ42- You are very welcome. The stone archway is fabulous, isn't it? Theresa

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      David Taylor 

      6 years ago from UK

      Greece remains on my list of places I must visit. It's quite different to other European countries in architecture by the look of it (ruins, that is), which surprised me as I assumed Ancient Greek architecture would have informed much of what followed elsewhere.

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      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Wow, absolutely gorgeous and stunning! I love Greece, its the only European country I have ever been too. I went with my son and a team to do missions work and help refugees, and it was very rewarding. We also did get to spend some time in Corinth and Athens. Your pictures take me back, and also make me want to go back for things I didn't get to see while there. To me, there is nothing quite like ancient Greek architecture. An incredible hub, thank you for sharing it!

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      SusieQ42 

      6 years ago

      I just went to Greece! No, not literally or physically, but here on hub pages. These are lovely...I love the large stone archway. Thanks for sharing!

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