Week 6 

Week 7

Monday May 4th

Sites Visited: Chlemoutsi (Frankish fortress)

Where did we stay tonight?: Olympia

Leaders: Kate Ginsberg and Charlie Clark

It was a dark and stormy morning in Delphi.  The intrepid FSP group trudged from the hotel up to the bus, the chill mist of dawn swirling around our ankles and hiding our footsteps.  We boarded the bus and slept through some questionable driving, a shadowy sense of foreboding hanging over us all the while.  After stopping briefly in the gloomy drizzle at a bakery for lunch and at a cool bridge to take pictures, we reached the ominous site of Chlemoutsi, a Frankish castle.  The group descended from the bus warily and began the ascent to the mysterious site.  As we got closer, we could see the moldering ruins of a castle perched atop a hill with sheer cliffs on all sides.  Dismal fog lowered over the castle, obscuring the top from view as we scaled the path to reach our destination. 

After several near-death experiences and an encounter with ruthless brigands, we reached the castle, only to stand outside and stare through the locked portcullis.  Fear and awe gripped us as we contemplated what might lie behind the gates.  The wind howled at our backs as we circumnavigated the castle and attempted to stare through breaches in the wall into the enigmatic realm beyond.  Periodically an ear-splitting shriek rent the air from the depths of the castle, sending chills down our spines as we listened to our lecture.  Afterwards we got back on the bus, never suspecting the evil that would follow us to Olympia in the form of…READING ASSIGNMENTS!!!

And now for something completely different…

Each member of the group was asked what architectural element they would self-identify as. Here are the results:

Barber – Metope from Tholos

Holroyd – Triglyph

Dallis – Ionic Column Capital

Murray – Voussoir

Ginsburg – Corinthian Column Capital

Mammel – Spitting Lion Spout

Begly – Hedgehog Acroterion

Maceda – Karyatid

Clark – The infamous Hawksbeak Moulding

Khan – Amoeboid Polygonal Masonry Block

Guo – Half-fluted Doric Column Drum

Assaf – Oblique Semi-Engaged Monolithic Ionic Column

Spellmire – Pentelic Frappe Holder

Johnson – Flying Buttress

Indvik – Keystone

PCC – Relieving Triangle

“A really long shot of the sky”:

It was a dark and stormy Frankish Castle:

A glimpse into the chasm of Prof. Christesen’s deepest desires:

A glimpse into a different kind of chasm:

Day 44 Photo Album:

 

The bridge from Rhio to Antirhio at the narrowest point in the Corinthian Gulf.

The bridge from Rhio to Antirhio at the narrowest point in the Corinthian Gulf.

A beautiful piece of engineering.

A beautiful piece of engineering.

Seige towers thoughtfully left on the bus, Kate, Charlie, and Alex A. have no way to penetrate the fortifications at Chlemoutsi.

Seige towers thoughtlessly left on the bus, Kate, Charlie, and Alex A. have no way to penetrate the fortifications at Chlemoutsi.

 

Hunting for the breach.

Hunting for the breach.

Alex M., Dallis, and Kathryn try to "cute" their way past the defenses.

Alex M., Dallis, and Kathryn try to "cute" their way past the defenses.

KT gazes wistfully at what might have been.

KT gazes wistfully at what might have been.

Alex A. and Joe give up the fight.

Alex A. and Joe give up the fight.

Chlemoutsi, may thy firm unshak'n vertue ever bring Victory home!

Chlemoutsi, may thy firm unshak'n vertue ever bring Victory home!

 

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