Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Night in Athens

Το άγαλμα της Θεάς Αθηνάς μπροστά από την Ακαδημία Αθηνών.
Έργο του 19ου αι. από τον γλύπτη Λ. Δρόση..
Αντίγραφο της Παρθένου Αθηνάς του Φειδία.

The statue of the goddess Athena in front of the Academy of Athens.
A work of the nineteenth century by the sculptor Leonidas Drosis.
A copy of the Athena Parthenos of Phidias.

Πού οι χρόνοι ότε πλέον της χρυσής σου λαμπηδόνος
Έστιλβε το κάλλος έτι νεαρόν του Παρθενώνος
                               Και ακμαίον,
Ότε όπως η Θυγάτηρ του Διός του Ολυμπίου,
Εκ της κεφαλής εξήλθε και αυτός της του Φειδίου,
                               Έαρ πνέων;

Καρασούτσας  (Σμύρνη 1824 – Αθήνα 1873)

Where are the times when the beauty of your golden light still shone,
when the Parthenon was still young and flourishing,
when the daughter of Olympian Zeus sprang from her father’s head
and he of the head of Pheidias, breathing spring?

Karasoutsas (Smyrna 1824 – Athens 1873)

Goddess Athena.

She leaped from the head of Zeus, already adult,
dressed with her armor.
She is, above all, the Goddess of the City,
the protectress of civilized life.
In poetry she is the incarnation of Wisdom, Reason and Purity.


  1. These are just stunning Monika!

  2. Quite a goddess Monika, may she still bring her wisdom and reason to the city of Athens and its residents, impressive photos, x

  3. es muss schon warm bei dir sein, mann sieht von der wunderschöne sauber night-light
    sowie in sommer bei uns...

    wunderschöne pics dear Monika

  4. liebe Monika,
    ist es nicht Reichtum? was für ein schöner Beitrag, du, so in der Nähe bei Tag und Nacht dieser wunderbaren Legenden….
    ich sende dir sonnige Grüße, herzlichst Jasmin

  5. these are so impressive shots, monika!
    you did take them at great angles.

    very nicely done:)

    big hugs my dearest!


  6. Τι ομορφιά Μόνικα!!!
    Οι φωτογραφίες σου μου χάρισαν Εθνική υπερηφάνεια, με συγκίνησαν πολύ!
    Θερμά συγχαρητήρια!
    Καλό βράδυ και φιλιά

  7. Boa *mundoffensteht* die Fotos sind ja toll geworden!!!

    Muss absolut klasse aussehen wenn man davor steht. Ich finde diese Skulpturen immer wieder faszinierend.

    Liebe Abendgruessle

  8. Beautiful and impressive shots. You have a creative night. :)

    Greetings, Carmen

  9. Wunderschön die Statue ♥♥♥♥♥
    LG Sabine

  10. Monika, I love your picture in black and white. YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    These are very interesting photographs. They are mysterious and they have absolutely intriguing concept of darkness and light. The Goddess Athena Is gorgeous and very impressive!!!

    This is splendid and highly creative photography!

    Hugs from me to you, my dear Monika.

  11. The photography is great, Monika. The night is never kind to photographers, but you have put it in its place.

    I think Athena would be a good companion to watch one's back, whether he roamed in daylight or in darkness.

    The words sent me off into thought and wonder -- wondering why we are confined to living in only the blink of time's eye.

  12. Wow, tolle Bilder!

    Und ich finde, die Athener haben schon weise entschieden, als sie Athene als Namensgeberin ihrer Stadt wählten.

    Herzliche Grüße,

  13. Bellísismas imágenes..un beso desde Murcia..seguimos..

  14. Τουλάχιστον ας καμαρώνουμε - χάρις σε σένα-με αυτά τα αριστουργήματα!
    Καλό σου βράδυ!

  15. Beautiful statue and the art of old Greece, thanks for showing us.

  16. Liebe Monika,

    wundervoll, so vielsagend und doch so still...

    deine Rachelako drückt dich fest!!!

  17. ¸.º°❤
    °º✿ Olá, amiga!
    Lindas fotos, cheia de detalhes.

    °º✿ Beijinhos.
    º° ✿ ✿ Brasil

  18. º°❤ Olá, amiga!

    Boa semana!

    °º✿ ¸.•°`