Day 4

 

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05-22-13

Temple of Apollo, God of Mice

-Ionic temple

-decorated columns, one drum of each is reliefed

-Very strong foundation of volcanic rock (pink) and some wood 30 ft below the ground

-Apollo is usually god of light, leads 9 muses and brings inspiration, brings plague, overseer of doctors, patients, and sick people through son (to be discussed further in two days)

-versions of Apollo have appeared throughout Anatolia (god of mice, god of grasshoppers) because such things were natural disasters [Apollo tended to take on whichever natural disaster was most prevalent in an area]

-Gods = patron saints in Church (this story = pied piper)

-frieze on top tells story of Trojan War 

-Polytheism outlawed in 500 AD, pieces of temple reused for Byzantine structures. 

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The Temple of Athena at Assos

I don’t know how to appreciate this land

          Oh Assos, you are too rich for me

Your temples, your mosques, your seas and sand

          Oh Assos, set my caged mind free

Where do I focus? Where should I look?

          Oh Assos, you are too rich for me

Am I ruining the experience by keeping this book?

          Oh Assos, set my caged mind free

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Us at the theater in Assos, a place Aristotle probably went to see plays when he visited

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