I know simply that the sky will last longer than I.
- Albert Camus
► Cape Sounio is a promontory surrounded by sea on three sides, located 70 km southeast of Athens at the southern most tip of the Attica peninsula, where perched upon the headland stand the remains of the Temple of Poseidon. It's the most popular day-excursion from Athens and the sun setting over the Saronic Gulf, a sought-after spectacle. It is also the only archaeological site open until sunset all year around.
According to Greek mythology, every year the Athenians sent 7 female and 7 male youths as tribute to the Minoan kingdom, as human sacrifice, to be devoured by the Minotaur, a dreaded monster that was half man half bull which was confined in a labyrinth specially designed by Daédalus, for the Cretan king, Minos.
Theséus managed to persuade his father, King Aegéus, to embark on a quest to slay the beast, agreeing that if he survives, he will hoist a white sail upon his return. However, although he successfully kills the Minotaur and manages to escape from the labyrinth, leaving the Minoan kingdom very much alive, he tragically forgot to change the black sail to white. Aegeus, looking out from Sounio anxiously waiting his son's return, seeing a black sail, believed he had been killed and in an ack of despair leaps to his death. The body of water hence became known as the Aegéan Sea.
Archaeological finds on the site date from as early as the Bronze Age (1400 BC). The temple whose columns still stand today was dedicated to Poseidon, god of the sea. Erected between 450-40 BC, it was built identical to that of the temple of Hephaestus in Athens, during the ascendancy of renowned Athenian statesman, Péricles. The ruins bear the deeply engraved name of English Romantic poet, Lord Byron (1788–1824), who died fighting for Greece in the Greek war of independence.
• text & photo by Lefterry Bellos ©
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