Aesop and his fables03-02-2013 11:01Aesop was a story teller with numerous tales credited to him now collectively known as Aesop's Fables. His fables are moralizing stories, many of them involving animals as characters in attempt to show in superlative the true nature of one’s character and perhaps give us a lesson.
According to the earliest Greek sources Aesop was born around 620 BC possibly in Thrace and then taken as a slave to the island of Samos. Although many more Greek cities claim to be the birthplace of Aesop, there are many scholars who believe that he never existed.
He was said to have earned his freedom through his cleverness and lived afterward at the court of King Croesus of Sardis where legend has him meeting Solon. He also visited the court of Periander in Corinth and Athens. On a visit to the oracle of Apollo at Delphi, Aesop openly criticized the greed of the priests there, who murdered him in their anger, circa 560 B.C.
One of the best known of Aesop’s fables tells the story of a race between the tortoise and the hare. The overconfident hare, stopping to nap in the middle of the race, loses to his slower but steadier opponent.
He is usually depicted as a dwarf, deformed and ugly. Yet history contains a reference to a “noble statue” of him erected in Athens. Diego Velasquez’s painting presents him as a sturdy figure in a brown cloak.
During Roman Era, Phaedrus of Augustus, translated the fables in Latin in five volumes and later a Byzantine monk compiled them in a collection. Jean de La Fontaine gave Aesop’s fables their most polished and sophisticated form in the 16th century. Children and people of all ages have enjoyed throughout the ages his fables.
The Marmita Restaurant is now a part of the history of Santorini, since it has been operating in Megalochori since 2004. From 2013 it s been running under the observation of new owner Giannis Manikas and the sense of renewal is obvious.
Explore the fascinating volcanic island of Santorini the way you want it yourself! Enjoy a unique accommodation experience, with huge doses of privacy and luxury by choosing to stay in Incognito Villa.
It opened in 2004 and soon became one of the favourite dining spots in Santorini. It is called Metaxy mas which means.. between us, but it is not a secret any more that this restaurant has a rich menu with almost 40 different dishes and appetizers based on traditional Greek cuisine.
More than just a famous tourist destination, Santorini boasts a romantic scene where you can have some really memorable moments with your partner. The time when the sun sets deep down to the Aegean Sea and the sky gets these amazing orange colors is the best to enjoy a cocktail. One of the best places to do so is the Classico bar restaurant in the capital of Fira.
We have been choosing Parea Tavern for our meals and dinners for 14 years! Every time someone from Touristorama travels to the island of Santorini, he enjoys authentic Greek cuisine at the terrace of this restaurant in the heart of Fira. And we are not the only ones. Thousands of tourists include it among their favorites on the volcanic island.
Like a relay race of three generations; a journey with happy days, sad days, joys, sorrows, wars, Occupation, poverty, hunger, deaths, volcanic eruptions, catastrophic earthquakes, flee for a better life, return, better days, feasts, tourism explosion, financial crises and so on… Everything has been indelibly inscribed on the walls of this small building, Aktaion. I feel grateful that life has given me the opportunity to hold the reins of Aktaion all the way to its centennial.
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