Friday May 15th
Sites Visited: Thasos town (Classical polis), Aliki (Classical through Byzantine marble quarry)
Where did we stay tonight?: Thasos
Leaders: Kathryn Mammel and Kate Ginsberg
It was a long, beautiful day on the marble-rich island of Thasos. We got a late start this morning (7:15!) and walked much of the ancient city of Thasos. We visited the old harbor where modern boat men prepared their nets, watched a fisherman fishing in the sunrise on Evraiokastro, hiked two (!) acropoleis, descended a secret staircase of death, hunted for tadpoles at a sanctuary of Heracles, visited the Thasos Archaeological Museum, discovered (but did not buy) cannabis ice tea at a periptero, and—finding ourselves ahead of schedule—returned to the hotel for a mid-day nap. At 12:30, we awoke from our naps and donned beach apparel for an afternoon swim at an ancient marble quarry…life is hard in Greece.
After a 45 minute drive to the ancient marble quarry of Aliki and a brief lecture on marble working techniques, we prowled the site for rejected, roughly finished architectural blocks. Charlie and Kathryn won the competition with their discovery of a 10 meter monolithic column. We then dispersed for an afternoon at the beach and quarry. Some hit the seaside cafes for endless plates of fresh octopus, others soaked up the sun on the shore and tried to avoid the Speedo-clad and/or topless Eastern European tourists, and the more adventurous went for a swim in the sea urchin infested waters off of the quarry. We left the quarry around 5:30, and returned to the hotel for a poolside Iliad discussion which lasted late into the night. We then descended on the local eateries for late-night take-away dinners and congregated in the lobby for our daily internet fix and Iliad reading.
All yon Sheperdes Beware the Wrath of Pan!:
Day 55 Photo Gallery:
Early morning lecture in the old harbor at Thasos town.
Dewey foliage by the sea.
Intimidating hood ornament.
A piece of innocent bread goes to sleep with the fishes.
Kate at Evraiokastro.
Fishing for breakfast at Evraiokastro.
Alex, Chris, and Kathryn enjoy the decent view.
Kait peeps around the corner as Dallis descends the slope.
Vista appreciated, the group ascends once again.
KT in front of the small church at Evraiokastro.
Kait and Joe navigate the busy throughways of the Thasian acropolis.
Rambling about the acropolis.
Jason surveys the port from the temple of Apollo.
Chris grants the rare Johnson seal of approval.
Dallis and Ben.
A quiet moment on the Thasian acropolis.
Ben, Joe and Jerry see what they can see.
Ben tests his aerodynamics.
Group at the temple of Apollo.
Kate and Alex M. head down the ancient stairway from the acropolis.
Chris and Dallis, calm masters of staircase navigation.
Congregating 'round the gate of Zeus and Hera.
A colorful gecko.
The boys pose by the Gate of Zeus and Hera
Peripteros sell everything!
Kathryn leads the way into the agora.
Lecture on what the brush and swamp was hiding in the agora.
Enchanting spitaki on the beach at Aliki.
A beachside taverna offers up good cheer and octopus.
Tentacles and Laundry hang out to dry at Aliki.
A pleasure boat of German tourists in the harbor at Aliki.
At the marble quarry.
Joe examines a roughed out column drum in the shallows.
Prof. Christesen lectures on marble at Aliki.
On the prowl in the quarry.
Jerry searches for an architectural element while Joe and Chris frolic amongst the gleaming marble.
Kait and Prof. Christesen at Aliki.
Meta-photography at Aliki.
Jerry peers about the landscape.
Jason ablutes himself with marble slurry.
Ally, Dallis, KT, and Alex M. explore the quarries.
Bright sea and brighter marble.
Jason goes a-clambering.
Partial group on a marble outcropping.
The ladies strike a pose at Aliki.
Kathryn and Prof. Christesen read the Iliad while Ally relaxes post-swim.
Evening poolside Iliad discussion