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Milos, Greece: The Island of Colors and Venus de Milo

Kleftikos

Kleftikos

Due to its volcanic origin, this horseshoe-shaped island in the Western part of the Cyclades has over 70 beaches with white and black sand that sit alongside white, pink, and red rocks. Most of these beaches — with clear waters of blue, azure, emerald, green, red and violet colors — are accessible by roads and dirt paths.

However, some of the most beautiful features of the island can only be reached by boat. One such gem is the famous cove of Kleftiko (Bandit’s Lair), which is said to have been an old pirates’ hideout. With its imposing rock formations and crystal-clear water, swimming and snorkeling through the natural caves are popular activities.

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Venus de Milo

Venus de Milo

One of the most famous marble sculptures in the world, the Aphrodite of Milos, better known as the Venus de Milo, was discovered within Milos’ ancient city ruins by a Greek farmer in 1820. The statue, which dates from ~100 BC, was purchased from the farmer by a French Consul. It was then presented to King Louis XVIII of France, who later donated it to the Louvre Museum in Paris where it still stands today.

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Aesop and His Fables

Little is known regarding Aesop’s place of origin or his life in general for that matter. It’s believed he was a Greek slave, and may have been born around 620 BCE.

However, what we do know about Aesop are his over 2000-year-old fables, with their long-enduring moral lessons. Mostly told through animal main characters, some of these famous stories include, “The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse”, “The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing”, “The Tortoise and the Hare”, “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”, and “The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs.” Many phrases and idioms can also be attributed to Aesop, such as “sour grapes”, “crying wolf”, and “lion’s share”.

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Pausanias: The Original Travel Writer

Pausanias

Pausanias

Born in ~110 CE, Pausanias was a Greek author, traveler, and geographer known for his 10-volume book, Description of Greece. The oldest cultural travel guide in existence, the book describes ancient Greece’s important sites and historic places from his own first-hand observations.

Based on the details of what he saw, archaeologists have retraced Pausanias’ footsteps, leading to great discoveries and excavations of ancient sites. Historians have used his invaluable book as a resource to reconstruct what life was like in antiquity, as Pausanias’ writings took place while cities were still active.

 

Athena Parthenos Replica

Athena Parthenos Replica

One of Pausanias’ best-known descriptions is that of the virgin goddess Athena’s statue that once stood inside the Parthenon. He said:

The statue itself is made of ivory and gold. On the middle of her helmet is placed a likeness of the Sphinx . . . and on either side of the helmet are griffins in relief. . . . The statue of Athena is upright, with a tunic reaching to the feet, and on her breast the head of Medusa is worked in ivory. She holds a statue of Victory about four cubits high, and in the other hand a spear; at her feet lies a shield and near the spear is a serpent.

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