Thursday, July 12, 2012

THASSOS - On an Island















moving aimlessly in the earth's oceans errant 
on its search for rest, the wave moves towards homeland. 
The eternity heavy on its back, it thirsts for calm. 
Bringed by the sweet smell of Greece it moves into the Aegaeis. 

 it dives into the sea of love, the sea of the homeland, 
the sea so blue and clear, but yet so deep, magic and mysterious like no place on earth. 
It devotes to its determination and strides irresistibly towards the coast that calls it with gentle voice into the port of its life. 


One of the many erotic adventures of Zeus, the greatest god of the ancient Greeks, brought about the “discovery” of Thassos. Long ago, Agenor was king of eastern Phoenicia. He had three sons, Phoenix, Cilix and Cadmus, and one daughter, Europa. One spring day Zeus transformed himself into a bull, kidnapped the buxom Europa and carried her on his back to the Dictaean Cave in Crete. There, in the form of a handsome eagle, Zeus coupled with Europa, and from that sacred union three sons were born: Minos, the famous king of Crete, Rhadamanthys, the wise lawgiver, and Sarpedon, the first king of Lycia. While Europa, hidden in Crete, was enjoying Zeus’s favors, Agenor called his sons and his grandson (or son) Thassos...


He ordered them to look high and low for Europa and not to return unless they found her. Phoenix set out towards the south. Cilix went north until he reached a fertile land where he made himself king: since then it has been known as Cilicia. After wandering through the Greek islands, Cadmus continued his search in mainland Greece. He visited the oracle of Apollo at Delphi and consulted Pythia the priestess. Although he followed her advice, he was unable to find Europa. After passing through Phocis he came to Boeotia, where he built an acropolis, Cadmeia, and below it a town with broad avenues, which he named Thebes. Thassos, Agenor’s grandson or son, searched for Europe in various places until he came to an island off Thrace. Captivated by its marvelous climate and lush vegetation and unable to return without Europa, he gave up his quest. He and his retinue settled on the island, which has borne his name ever since. Herodotus, the greatest historian of antiquity, is categorical on this matter. He says the island is “now called after that Phoenician Thassos”. (Herodotus, Histories, 6.47.1) Because of its clear air and cool summer breezes, the ancient poets gave the island other names, such as Aeria or Heeria. This name was also mentioned in the Delphic oracle received by the leader of the Parian colonists, Telesicles (680 BC): “Don’t tell the Parians, Telesicles, that I have ordered you to build on the isle of Aeria a city that will be visible from all around”. (Byz. 3n Thassos, Metneke Editions). It was also called Aethria, meaning “clear blue sky”, and Chrysia, a reference to the lustrous gleam of the gold (chrysos) once mined there.




16 comments:

Bitch said...

Wish you great holidays on this beautiful island!!
Nice photographs...

Tina´s PicStory said...

wonderful pics! great sunsets and i love also the birds :) thanks for letting us be part of your wonderful world!

cloudia charters said...

some glorious shots!


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Gabriela Pana said...

Excelente fotografii!Minunate locuri!

Ola said...

thanks for reminding me about this beatiful Greek island, your pictures are like the return to one of my summers:)

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Trevor said...

Beautiful images...Wonderful place..

-Trevor

Al said...

I love this series of photos, you've captured some truly dramatic light to go along with the gorgeous landscapes.

Lasse said...

Marvellous photos !!

Lasse said...

Marvellous set of pictures !!

Fram Actual said...

I think I should be on Thassos -- or, at least, somewhere like Thassos. Even rain cannot affect the beauty. I miss the sight of rain moving across and joining with big water.

In any case, I am glad you managed to escape from big city life to a Greek island for a while, Daliana. And, I see your Argos still remains there, waiting and waiting.

Your photography continues to be extraordinary.

Teo said...

Ultimele 3 imagini, exceptandu-o pe ultima sunt superbe!
Absolut incredibile!

ANA MARIN said...

Lovely photos, like them:)have a great day!

elly weiss said...

Wonderful photos!
Have a nice evening!

ANRAFERA said...

Preciosas fotografías, bonito lugar, bello video. Excelente entrada.
Saludos.
Ramón.

siga said...

The skies and the seagulls !!!

Traveling Hawk said...

Favorita mea din serie este nr.9

Magica este traversarea d ela Keramoti la insula, insotita de acei pescarusi fascinanti!