Day 56 – Saturday May 16th
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Saturday May 16th
Sites Visited: Abdera (Clazomenaian colony site and museum), Phillipi (Roman and Early Christian settlement)
Where did we stay tonight?: Thessaloniki
Leaders: Charles Clark and Jerry Guo
This morning we made our tearful farewells to the Pegasus Hotel in Thasos town, home of no breakfast, a large pool, and a jumping kitten. The morning ferry ride back to the mainland was mercifully uneventful, with some members of the group choosing to sit outside on the top deck and get eaten by mosquitoes. After a short bus ride east, we made our way to the Greek colonial site of Abdera. The museum included a lovely display of massive clay sarcophagi that were apparently meant to be stood upright to be displayed for sale. One can only imagine the used sarcophagi dealers of the ancient world taking buyers around a lot full of these things. After a look at the museum and the remains of the site, we undertook a major expedition to reach the summit of the acropolis at Abdera. The 30m hill was too much for many group members.
Our next stop was the site of Philippi, the site of a major Roman town and the famous battle where Mark Antony and Octavian defeated the rebels Brutus and Cassius in sacred combat. After our excruciating march up the acropolis at Abdera, we decided to not summit the acropolis at Philippi, and there was much rejoicing. After lunch, we worked on an assignment on the differences between Greek and Roman civic/commercial spaces and headed on the bus for Thessaloniki and our northern Greece home away from home, the Hotel Vergina, conveniently located in the least convenient part of Thessaloniki: the red light district. After one more night in this desolate wasteland, we head back to Athens, where we will prepare for our next big journey: Turkey.
Day 56 Photo Gallery:
Residua of an addiction.
Kathryn, Jason, and Alex A. on the early morning boat back from Thasos to the mainland.
Ally and Dallis read intently on the boat from Thasos to Keramoti.
Ben and Jerry practice for their careers as Amita salespeople.
Spot the Greek hit-man.
Ally digs into the Iliad.
Alex M. expresses her delight at the opportunity to see the museum at Abdera.
Dallis, KT, Alex M. and Chris take notes at Abdera.
Prof. Christesen lectures about the settlement at Abdera.
Boldly going where few tourists or archaeologists dare to tread: Ancient Abdera.
Kait basks in the splendour.
Perambulation of Adbera.
Charlie and Alex A. agog at the monuments of ancient Abdera.
Summit of the 30 m. Abderan acropolis.
Ally attempts to extract a sea urchin spine from Jason's ankle.
The patient exudes existential calm: reading a Scooby Doo comic while he goes under the knife..
Jerry, Alex A., and Kathryn enjoy a picnic lunch on the verdant lawn at Philippi.
Dallis and Charlie listen to a lecture on Philippi.
Jerry leans back in contemplation...
...and the chair can not contain him! Boom goes the dynamite.
Alex A. &c. file through the ruins at Philippi.
The theater at Philippi
St. Paul's prison.
Locked out of St. Paul's prison.
Ben, Alex A., and Joe take notes at Philippi.
Jerry sherding in Basilica A at Philippi.
The group trails Kathryn down to the forum at Philippi.
Chris, Jason, Ally, and Kathryn take notes in Basilica B at Philippi.
The Roman latrine.
Making use of the facilities, a perennial Philippi favorite.
Kait prefers to spectate.
The forum at Philippi.
Chris and the roof over the Octagon at Philippi.
The guards stand vigil over our small study group, lest the serpent rear his beady-eyed head once more!
Despite having avoided death by snake bite, the group falls prey to a more deadly predator: the Christesen assignment!
Jason seems to have cracked under the pressure.