Tuesday April 7
Sites Visited: Athenian Acropolis – Parthenon, Propylaia, Erechtheion
Where did we stay tonight?: Athens
Leaders: Alex Assaf and Alex Maceda
Athens: Part Deux
After setting sail from Crete, the North winds pushed us back to Attica. The time had come for each of us to create our own Panathenaic journey.
We landed on the shore, shunned by a cold, rainy day; but all of us were too tired to care. Not even the Fox was ready to spread a cheerful moment. Before any festivities broke, our first goal had to be achieved: reuniting with the Hotel Astor. The gods had pity and took our sides as we trekked through the city in search for our own Sacred Gate. Finally, we made it there and set up our temporary camp within our own quarters.
Without a moment to lose, the Fourteen dropped their dorsal covering tortoise shields so that they may travel quickly and salvage their own Panathenaic journey. They walked out of the Sacred Gate of the Hotel Astor; and with their faithful companion, Greco Dog, they were able to charge a full mile to the top of the Acropolis. Their journey was just beginning.
The group banded together under their fearless leaders, known as the Alex. Only one name was necessary for both, since they shared a common dream: to be the first atop the Propylaia. The thirst of the restless group was not yet quenched, for they needed their fearless leaders to guide them to the top of the world. The Alex brought forth a way to achieve their wishes. They charged all the way to the top of the world.
At the top stood a large building, with 8 columns in the front and back and 17 columns on either side. Access was granted only to those whom the gods deemed worthy. However, a satyr at the gate to the building impeded the groups’ path. The group stood there ready to fight the satyr so that they could enter this magnificent building. They drew their arms as the satyr began calling for Dionysios to his aid. It looked as if a seismic bloodbath was about to occur until Helios suddenly broke open the clouds and drenched the fearless Fourteen with rays of golden light. (It was said that Pegasus could be seen flying all across the sky that day.) Just then, the satyr realized that this group must be pius and was favored by the gods. He acquiesced their request for entrance.
Stunned by the beauty and magnitude of the building, the Fourteen began to understand why this building stood at the pinnacle of the world. Their enlightened state placated their thirst and hunger for knowledge. They realized that this was the Parthenon. For the first time, they could see what their ancestors had seen and they, too, would soon become part of history, for their journey did not end here. The group left this building in search of new heights. Their Panathenaic journey had started and must be concluded.
With their kleos (glory) on the line, the Alex had no choice but to find a way to take the Fourteen to new heights—heights unheard of, even by the gods. They were fated to do so. An eagle flew in the deep blue sky over the Propylaia and the Alex knew that that was where they had to reach. After much surveying, the Fourteen stumbled upon a staircase that came down from the heavens. The gods must have placed it there so that the Pius Fourteen could achieve their Panathenaic destiny. The Alex decided that they should climb first to insure that the stairs were not a trick from Hermes, himself, for no one could ever tell with that wildly one, except for one individual—the Fox, who could sniff out trickery from a mile away.
After climbing the long staircase, the three arrived safely to the top. They achieved their destiny by being the first to sit atop the Propylaia (have you ever done that, Prof. Rutter?). Their Panathenaic journeys had been completed. The Alex called to the rest of the group to join them on top of the world. When the Fourteen arrived, they too had completed their journeys and found their praetia. As such, timé and kleos were bestowed upon the fearless leaders for their deeds.
Reconstruction of the Parthenon:
On top of the Propylaia (!!!!)
Day 17 Photo Gallery: