Friday December 1, 2023

By ANNA MARIE MATEESCU GRAND ADVENTURE I devoted many travels to Europe in early March, covering two months in Central Europe as well as Greece’s Southeastern Region from August to October. Greece is a much-awaited destination for reasons that lie deep in my soul as we are all aware that Greece is the cradle of Western Civilization. It boasts a history spanning thousands of years, from ancient city-states like Athens and Sparta to the glory of classical Greece along with the conquests of Alexander the Great (B.C.). Greek architectural styles are divided into the Doric Order, Ionic Order, and Corinthian Order. This brings us to the Acropolis in Athens, which showcases classical Greek architecture with its iconic Parthenon. It has an impressive coastline with stunning beaches, fantastic weather, archaeological sites, and hospitable people. It is home to over 6000 beautiful islands, 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and healthy, authentic Greek cuisine. Greece has always captivated me for a multitude of reasons. The first thing that comes to mind is Greek literature from my college days. Unforgettable literature serves as the cornerstone of Western literary traditions. Works such as Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and the philosophical dialogues of Plato and Aristotle are foundational pieces of ancient Greek literature and philosophy. Unforgettable Greek movies and famous film adaptations from Greek mythology include “Xena: Warrior Princess” (TV series), Troy, Oedipus Rex, Hercules, Wonder Woman, and many more. Some aspects that make Greek literature particularly intriguing are mythology and epic poetry. Tales of gods, heroes, and mortals. These narratives entertain and explore the complexities of the human condition and fate. On the other hand, tragic plays explore themes of fate, morality, and hubris (excessive pride or self-confidence). The Greek literature reflects ancient Greece’s...... Read more on Full Issue!

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