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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tell Me Thursday


Every Thursday I will do this feature about something my readers want to know..
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Today's Tell Me Thursday subject is:

"Please tell me about the Greek gods and all the ruins/temples that are in Greece, that were made in their honor."

Well we find numerous Temples and Ancient Ruins in Greece that were dedicated to / made for the Greek Gods. Here are some I could find:

Temple of Olympian Zeus

This temple is in the center of the Greek capital Athens and was dedicated to Zeus.

Taken by Ricardo André Frantz


This magnificent temple was dedicated to Athena Polias and Poseidon Erechtheus. 

The Temple of Hera

 This temple is an ancient Doric Greek temple at Olympia, Greece. The temple was dedicated to Hera, the wife of Zeus.

 Photo by: Matěj Baťha

The Heraion of Perachor

 This ruin was a sanctuary of the goddess Hera situated in a small cove of the Corinthian gulf in Greece.

The Parthenon

This temple in Greece was dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena, who was the patron of Athens.

The Temple of Hephaestus

This temple that can also be found in Greece was dedicated to Hephaestus. He was the patron god of craftsmanship and metal working.

Cape Sounion

Cape Sounio in Greece is a site that has ruins of an ancient Greek temple of Poseidon. As I'm sure most of you know he was the god of the sea. There is also sea on three sides of this site and it is said to be amazing!


Delphi is a modern town in Greece that is scattered with ruins. In ancient times it was the site of the most important oracle (Delphic oracle) in the ancient Greek world. But this site was also a major site for the worship of the god Apollo.

The Temple of Afea

 Aphaia was a Greek goddess who was worshiped only at this sanctuary.

Temple of Athena Nike, Athens

This temple was positioned so that the Athenian people could worship the goddess of victory, Athena.

 Temple of Apollo Epicurius
"The temple's isolated location and unusual dedication (epikourios means "helper" or "protector") have kept scholars occupied for over 200 years. One explanation is that the villagers of nearby Figalos prayed to Apollo for protection from a plague and built the temple in gratitude for his assistance. Another theory is that Apollo was considered the protector of the Arcadians, especially mercenaries, who funded the temple." (source)

 "The Portara is the entrance to an unfinished temple that faces directly toward Delos, Apollo's birthplace. For this reason most scholars believe it was dedicated to Apollo, but some think it was built in honor of Dionysus, who was worshipped on Naxos Island." (source)

And that is all I could find. I am sure there are tons more though! If I find anymore I'll post them in a later post. I hope this answered your question.

Thanks for asking this question, without it I would never have known about all these great places!

Don't forget to send me more questions!

Wikipedia for most of the pictures (commons)

Monday, July 25, 2011

An Introductory Workshop in Archaeology Weekend 2

So this past weekend was the second weekend of An Introductory Workshop in Archaeology held by HeritageworX that I attended. 

Here are some fun things we did: 

* Discussed Archaeological materials and artefact types
* Discussed Fields of Specialisation
* We had a fun practical about: What will we dig in 2150?
* Discussed Dating methods 
* Discussed Interpreting the archaeological record
* Discussed Academic writing
* And we had whip demonstration where we got to try it ourselves! It was loads of fun!

Here are some pictures from the weekend:

Everyone loves an Indiana Jones cake!

Whip demonstration

 Me trying my hand at a Whip (failing miserably I might add)

Group photo

You can find HeritageworX Facebook page HERE. They are definitely worth checking out! A great company that is making a difference in the Archeological community in South Africa. They do all types of courses right around South Africa!

* All pictures courtesy of HeritageworkX