December 13th, 2007
|04:13 pm - Wondering Why We Ever Go Home: Greece, 2007|
Journal Entry 14
It is here, according to myth, that the earth opened to swallow Persephone. Today, you see cars as you look out from the shadows, but now, in the spring while Greece is in full bloom among the ruins of Eleusis, the mystery reenacted here makes perfect sense.
The top of the cave is covered in cactus, and the flowers, small yellow ones that look like black-eyed susans without the domestic violence, spread around the floor. Of course, the metaphor in that last sentence is silly, but it's the best way to describe them. Considering this spot is where the traumatic rape of Persephone took place, it is rather refreshing to see a lack of black eyes and violence.
Plutonion, with zylch and viedansante | Plutonion sign and site description
This is, mythically, where the rape of Persephone took place.
On the balance, for such a violent event, Eleusis and this cave are now very peaceful. I'm listening to chirping birds, doves, and the breeze: these are the dominant sounds of this place, not the far distant breaks of trucks, motorcycles tearing through town, and cars honking at lazy landscapers.
Modern Eleusis viewed from the Plutonion | One of the pits next to the Plutonion
Yes, this place is beautiful, calming, and full of hope for the time ahead. It is spring.
Lesbian Stones! | The Telesterion | Telesterion steps
The Temple of Artemis at Brauron
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: awake
Current Music: "Tampico Trauma", -JB
...and the jealousy just keeps on compounding! I have been completely obsessed with Persephone lately. I can only hope I can go see these places myself one day.
The jealousy will get even deeper then, I'm afraid. Hopefully, I can finish up the postings from this trip soon. Left is an amazing sunset, a lovely little town at night, and climbing Mt. Olympus. . .
Anymore jealous and I might have to hate you ;-)
then again, I like the pictures to much to hate you :-)
Wait...why are they lesbian stones?
If you click on the picture, you'll see the sign. It says, and I quote:
The earliest fortified walls of the Sanctuary were built by Peisistratos in the sixth century B.C. The foundations consist of stone and the base of grey Eleusinian stone laid in the Lesbian polygonal technique. The superstructure uses square sun-dried bricks of mud and straw. The guards patrolled high on the parodos and towers that reinforced the walls. The brick walls were protected from the rain on both sides and on top by impermeable plaster.
Now, had it just said something about the isle of Lesbos, I wouldn't have found it so funny. But give that the stones were laid in a lesbian technique that is also polygonal, well. . . yeah.
I don't know what a "polygonal lesbian technique" is, but something tells me that I'd love to watch something get laid in said technique. It sounds so. . . artistic.
Edited at 2007-12-14 01:38 pm (UTC)
It was. The sun was shining, and it was beautiful. Sounyo is next in my journal :)