Monday April 27th
Sites Visited: Eretria (Archaic/Classical/Hellenistic city-state), Marathon (Persian War battlefield)
Where did we stay tonight?: Athens
Leaders: Charles Clark and Kait Barber
Today was the grand finale in our whirlwind tour of Central Greece. Our scheduled visit to the site and museum at Eretria evolved into a series of fencehoppings, when our Swiss guide failed to appear. At the site, we were divided into pairs and commissioned to read and present on some of the well-preserved Classical and Hellenistic buildings including houses, a theater, a gymnasium, and the temple of Apollo Daphnephoros. Having completed our tour of Eretria, we traveled back to Attica from Euboea via a short ferry ride.
The next stage of our day’s festivities was a lecture at the site of Marathon, where a combined force of Athenians and Plateans defeated the forces of Darius in the First Persian Invasion. We were able to see a large tumulus where the fallen Athenians had been buried. Unfortunately a large fence made it difficult to explore the area. After another dramatic reading by Assaf we climbed on the bus and headed back to Athens.
Back in Athens we all relaxed and did various things. After napping and catching up on the internet, some of us headed out to a noodle place for dinner. With tummies full everyone headed off to bed.
Day 37 Photo Gallery: