The Kytherian sea is the birthplace of goddess Aphrodite in the Hesiodus fable. Gaia (Earth) wanted to punish her husband Uranus ( Sky) for all the evils he had caused to her. Called her children and asked them to kill their father. Cronus took from the depths of his mother a scythe and killed him cutting his divine parts. They fell in the sea of Kythera and became two islets (possibly Dragonares). The falling blood, touched upon the sea foams and by this fusion of the elements Urania Aphrodite, was born. She did not stay on Kythera. She travelled to Cyprus in a big shell and stayed there. The symbolism of Aphrodite and Kythera survived through the centuries and reached the 18 th in order to be portrayed in paintings as the "embarkation for Kythera" of Jean - Antoine Vato , to be written in the poetry of Renaissance, to occupy Charles Baudelaire of the 19 century and to continue in the cinematography of Theodoros Aggelopoulos. This symbolism will never die, as long as people search the distant and desirable idea.
Kythera is the crossroad of Mediterranean cultures. It was always the hospitable shelter of corsairs, colonists, ascetics and persecuted. Kythera was inhabited during the Neolithic age and later. Many potsherds from the copper age, early - Helladic and early - Minoan ages are "sleeping" under the earth of Kythera. Others lying on the surface, are watching the eternal course of sun and moon in the sky. Near the twentieth century B.C. Minoans dominate on the island and govern the surrounded area. One of the earliest Minoan colonies, is located in Kastri, known today Paleopoli. Skandia is the seaport of the colony. I n the mountain of Agjos Georgios, archaeologists found the traces of Minoan temple and Kythera, Kythira, kithiradrinking-offering vessels, stone-artefacts, cupreous figurines. Phoenicians keep a colony on the island at the 15th century B.C. processing purple (porphyra) to produce the deep red colour that they use in clothes. So they have laboratories for the purple treatment. Ancient Kythera is named Porphyris or Porphyrousa these years. According to Herodotus, the foundation of a temple dedicated to Aphrodite is owed to Phoenicians who imported the adoration of an alike goddess from the east. After Minoans and Phoenicians there were Myceneans who came in the island at the 14th century. Although Spartans possessed the Kythera island since the 6th century B.C. till the Classic years, Athenians came enough times to claim Kythera, more specifically at the season of Peloponnesian Wars. The continuous changes of possession of Kythera from Athenians and Spartans will lead to peace in 421 B.C. In the region Kastri a lot of Athenian and Spartan potsherds testify the fact. Apart from Aphrodite, Dioscouri are worshipped on Kythera. The age of Macedonians follows and afterwards the Romanian Empire. In 365 A.C. an earthquake affected the island with dramatic geomorphic changes in the region of Skandia.
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azaf1 (15929) 2007-11-23 5:20
Panemorfo topio me apisteftei diavgeia kai panemorfa xromata
ki ena katapliktika omorfo orizonta
marios (471) 2007-11-23 6:35
geia sou Stamati,
Poly omorfi thea pou i lipsi sou metaferei se mas.Orea hromata kai aperantosyni sto vathos.Mia hara.
steliosk (4802) 2007-11-23 7:38
Apsogh ek prwths matias, meta apo ligh meleth, de briskw psegadi ws pros thn epilogh tou kadrou kai ta stoixeia sou mesa se auto afou ola leitourgoun armonika kai ta 8ewrw aparaithta.
Xrwmatika an kai dyskolh h wra pou dialekses, thn apotypwses apsoga, me auto to roz magenta na mpainei sfhna ston ourano kai na dhmiourgei mia poly analafrh kai omorfh atmosfaira.
Se sygxairw file
portmanndominic (2400) 2007-11-23 8:12
we spent 4 days in Kythira Hora , i'ts a good remenber for me to see your pictures
It's a good POV with soft colors , your note is very useful
good week end
dimitrisni (56) 2007-11-23 9:25
Yeia su Stamati
Romadiki lhpsh,me oreo 8ema,ke orea apala xromata.
An ke prosopika pisteuo oti eprepe na trbixti kapia lepta noritera.
wolf38 (29804) 2007-11-23 9:37
Hello stamatis. This photo and the Greek mythology fit very well. When regarding this landscape one remembers particularly Homer (Ilias, odyssey etc.). In addition, without this historical background the photo pleases because of its outstanding composition and natural colors. Particularly the yellow shrubs give lives and beauty left into the photo. Best regards, Wolfgang.
ifanik (21673) 2007-11-23 10:34
Me tis fotografies soy anebainei poly sthn ektimhsh moy to nhsi ayto kai ginetai pithanos melontikos proorismos
ioannis58 (94) 2007-11-24 9:22
μου αρεσει πολυ ο φωτισμος της ωρας που διαλεξες,ομορφα χρωματα,
και πολυ ομορφο καδρο
Muse (34936) 2007-11-25 6:53
A very beautiful landscape and soft colors. The pov is quite selected. An interesting comment
greek (7594) 2007-12-07 6:27
ax ax ax ti wraia pou fainetai o orizontas me ta omorfa xrwmata ke mati sou, galantis