The Temple of the Nemean Zeus, which is being reconstructed.
Shown are three columns which have been standing since
the temple was first built.
for an elevator to the fortress, a bird's-eye-view of the reconstruction
of the Temple of Zeus, and an encounter with Euripides
GREECE - And then there were three. Last weekend, Jini went
home, reducing the population of students working here at
Nemea by one.
didn't stop Martin and me from making the trip to check
out the Palamidi fortress in the city of Nafplio. We hauled
ourselves up a path to the fort that reportedly includes
999 steps. Unfortunately, I cannot confirm that. We were
too busy panting and sweating to remember to count the steps.
we were taking a short rest at the top, we spotted a grey-haired
lady walking about, nonchalant as you please. Well of course,
Martin and I were ashamed that we were so out of shape compared
to this older woman who obviously was having a much easier
time of it. Then we saw the toddler. Now how did he get
up here??? We began to have visions of a huge elevator up
to the top. As it turns out, we weren't far off.
exploring around, at the end of the long windy road up the
mountain side we found a parking lot. Argh! Why didn't the
person who had driven us here drop us off at the top! After
a good look at the fortress, we headed back down the steps.
Every time we stopped to rest, our legs would shake and
Oh well, one more adventure in Greece to remember.
Back at Nemea, the reconstruction of the temple of Zeus
is going well. Our team finished setting upright the second
reconstructed column, bringing the total number of columns
now standing to five. Not only that but they have also put
up both epistyle blocks and a triglyph block on top of those.
Taking the opportunity to ascend the workmen's scaffolding
before they started dismantling it, I climbed up to enjoy
the view. Despite the fear of falling from the seemingly
flimsy scaffolding, seeing such a large monument in such
an intimate way was incredible. It's one thing to see pieces
lying in ruin on the ground. It is quite another to see
them as they were millennia ago.
evening ago, Professor Miller took us to Ancient Epidauros to
see Euripides' play, Hypsipyle, performed in the ancient theater.
Very appropriate considering that it tells the foundation myth
of of the Panhellenic games at Nemea. I couldn't understand the
Greek. Even still, the performance was one I won't soon forget.
to the start of the play, the stage and theatre at Ancient