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.
Touristorama has been travelling all around Greece and its islands for over a decade. This year, during our trip to Naxos, the biggest of the Cyclades complex, we discovered an interesting spot, perfect for your night out on the island… which is what we do best: finding the best places and then propose you should visit them! Prime is a Scandinavian Bar, located on a privileged position in Chora of Naxos, opposite the port. It’s been operating for 21 years and enjoys a great fame to both foreign and local tourists.
In recent years, the beloved habit of pancakes has begun to become widespread in Greece as well. Touristorama discovered in Nafplion the place that makes the most delicious pancakes, according to the original American recipe.
“Brunch” is both a noun, a verb and way of life. It’s not only an opportunity to eat something nice, but also a way to catch up with friends in the middle of the day. In Athens city we love it for both reasons. We have even discovered an easily accessible spot, perfect for the citibreakers to enjoy a full breakfast or a brunch during their travel in the Greek capital.
The statue of Poseidon, made of Parian marble, was found in 1877 on Milos island, along with a statue of his mate, Amphitrite. The larger than life-size statue depicts the god almost nude, wearing a himation covering the lower part of the body. In his raised right hand he will have held the trident. Next to his right leg is a support in the form of a dolphin. Today, the statue is exhibited at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens city.
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.
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.
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