This week, Frank has asked us to show something that connects us to the ancient. My first thought was my mirror, but I’m too kind to inflict that on you.
The main things that link me to the past are, I think, stories: myths, novels, paintings, graffiti, and more. I have to say that Stephen Fry’s brilliantly written Mythos and Heroes truly got me in the mood for my visit to Athens this year. He brought it all to life, and as I wandered around Athens I could hear his voice guiding me.
The Parthenon was covered with statues, engravings and murals showing local life, including births, battles and deaths. The east pediment depicted the birth of Athena, with only small sections left in position (not real though – copies only). The real remains and a fascinating reconstruction of the whole scene can be seen in the Parthenon Museum.
These small and personal hints of the past give the site life, not just grandeur.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 5 June 2019