Photographer's Note

After visiting the wonderful ruins of the Greek temples and theatres in Turkey, Crete, Sicily and Italy, I decided to see continental Greece. On my last trip, I saw the theatre in Epidauros, the stadium in Olympia, Lion's Gate in Mycenae, Acropolis (of course) and Delphi.
Delphi is not especially popular on TE. After several days of wonderful weather, it was raining. And the low lying clods in Delphi were enchanting, it was my favourite place.
I visited beautiful museums. In Delphi, I was fascinated by this vase. One of the first accounts of what we today call depression, and what was then called melancholia, come from Ancient Greece. A vase from 400 BC depicts a downtrodden and gloomy Orestes taking part in a purification ceremony to get rid of the Furies injustice-avenging spirits that hounded him after killing his mother. In Orestes, Euripides depicts the tragedys protagonist as exhibiting many of the telltale symptoms of depression: loss of appetite, excess sleeping, lack of motivation to even bathe, constant weeping, chronic exhaustion, and a sense of helplessness.
But I am curious what is the meaning of this white piglet?

The first Workshop: The people who were in Istambul will recognize this column. The Serpent Column is an ancient bronze column at the Hippodrome of Istanbul. It is part of an ancient Greek sacrificial tripod, originally in Delphi and relocated to Constantinople by Constantine the Great in 324. It was built to commemorate the Greeks who fought and defeated the Persian Empire at the Battle of Plataea (479 BC).]

The second Workshop shows the general setting in the mountains.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13605 W: 141 N: 35278] (158936)
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