The Amphiareion of Oropos (Greek: Άμφιαρείον Ωρωπού), situated in the hills 6 km southeast of the fortified port of Oropos, was a sanctuary dedicated in the late 5th century BCE to the hero Amphiaraos, where pilgrims went to seek oracular responses and healing. It became particularly successful during the 4th century BCE, to judge from the intensive building at the site.
The hero Amphiaraos was a descendant of the seer Melampos and initially refused to participate in the attack on Thebes (detailed in the Seven Against Thebes of Aeschylus) because he could foresee that it would be a disaster. In some versions of the myth, the earth opens and swallows the chariot of Amphiaraos, transforming him into a chthonic hero.
The sanctuary is located 37.2 km NNE of Athens at a sacred spring; it contained a temple of Amphiaraos (with an acrolithic cult statue), as well as a theater, a stoa, and associated structures. The temenos extended for some 240 metres northeast from the Temple of Amphiaraos (hence Amphiareion) along a streambed. The cult, which was both public and private, dates to the 5th century BCE. There was an upswing in the sanctuary’s reputation as a healing site during the plague that hit Athens in the late 5th BCE Herodotus relates that the oracular response of this shrine was one of only two correct answers to the test put to them all by the Lydian king Croesus. There were many dedications from Greeks, notable Romans, and others, many with inscriptions. On the southeast side of the streambed there are extensive remains of domestic structures as well as an unusually well-preserved klepsedra (water clock).
At the Amphiareion, in addition to the presumed annual festival, Greater Amphiareia were celebrated in an agonistic festival of athletic games, every fifth year. Two reliefs of the late 5th-early 4th century BCE seem to provide the earliest attestations of the festival games; there is an inscribed catalogue of victors at the Greater Amphiareia that dates before 338 BCE.
Amphiaraos was also worshipped at the site of Rhamnous about 17.5 km southeast, as well as at Athens, Argos, Sparta, and other sites. The cult at the Amphiareion came to an end with the outlawing of non-Christian worship in the Theodosian decrees at the end of the 4th century CE.
In 414 BCE Aristophanes produced a comedy, Amphiaraos, of which fragments survive as quotations.
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npecanhuk (56372) 2012-04-29 16:50
Very beautiful, attractive and interesting picture specially for the details of those ruins, that were nicely shown here, for the colors, exposure, chosen pov, vertical format and composition!
TFS - congrats,
Sonata11 (31245) 2012-04-29 19:58
wonderful composition of ancient architecture and spectacular sky. Beautifully composed and framed. Marvellous colors, sharpness, light, clarity, good POV and it has a good DOF also. I really love it. An excellent work. Congrats. Thanks for sharing.
All the best,
serp2000 (33201) 2012-04-29 20:33
Good morning, Vasilis,
Glad to see your photo again.
Excellent one! This is one of the best photos, that I've seen here today! Outstanding presentation of the history, clever composition. The small clouds are good contribution to this scene. The sharpness is great!
sabermonajati (8317) 2012-04-29 21:04
you captured unique form from clouds and colors.
TopGeo (38080) 2012-04-29 22:16
Ναι, σαν να κομματιάστικαν τα σύννεφα και γίναν αρχαία!
Ωραία κάθετη σύλληψη με άψογα φυσικά χρώματα και ενδιαφέρουσα σημείωση! Χαιρετισμούς
prasun984 (5590) 2012-04-29 22:24
like the contrast of the colours with the brilliant light to makes the scene even more effective.wonderful framing with placing vegetation on top.
Nice PP work also.
mirosu (8186) 2012-04-29 23:20
The light contrast and the overal image arrangement is perfect. Well done!!!!!
PaulVDV (17331) 2012-04-29 23:35
An attractive composition in different horizontal lines.
The light on the ruins and the trees is very beautiful. The foreground in the shadow and the overhanging trees make a good framing.
And of course those little white cloud lines on a dark blue background look wonderful.
Best regards, Paul
annjackman (15541) 2012-04-29 23:49
The incredible light and cloud formation adds drama to these ruins. I like the inclusion of the branches at the top of the frame making an excellent composition.
Kind Regards, Ann
dta (56746) 2012-04-30 1:53
Hello VAsilis ,
May be the colors of the sky is a little unreal , but this is the effect of the filter and your choice .
This is a splendid composition in this vertical format , and each part is beautiful : old stones , pine trees , lovely clouds , and the barnches at the top .
Well done .
timecapturer (37152) 2012-04-30 2:44
another amazing sky in this exquisite shot. The light and colours here are mesmerising and the whole effect so atmospheric. Stunning!
Have a great week - Brian.
jlbrthnn (79789) 2012-04-30 3:12
The photo is of great cultural interest, but also a remarkable aesthetic effect. Light and the colors obtained are superb. The view up is well chosen. Sharpness and depth are excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
dale54 (5745) 2012-04-30 3:50
vasilis hi.good note for this pic.your presentation of this pic is well done,good scene,wild sky! tfs! dr
Bluejeans (64243) 2012-05-02 11:04
Ola Vasilis ,
Que magnifico céu tem umas nuvens lindas , bom ponto de visão baixo com estas ruínas , bonitos tons de verde , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Hanssie (10067) 2012-06-02 1:57
Fantastic framing in this photo, also the "dancing" clouds works well
elenimavrandoni (9965) 2012-10-28 12:00
Εξαιρετική σύνθεση και εκτέλεση!Επιβλητική και μοναδική στήν απλότητα της!Η σημείωση σου συμπληρώνει την εκθαμβωτική δουλειά σου.
- Copyright: Vasilis Protopapas (vasilpro) (40563)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-04-29
- Categories: Architecture, Ruins, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D90, Nikon AF-S VR 18-105mm f/3.5 - 5.6G ED, HOYA 67mm HD Circular Polarize
- Exposure: f/8, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Athens - Pireaus (Attica prefecture) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-04-29 15:03