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Nemea museum . Elaborate stone lamps

In Korinth aka Corinth we rented a car... we paid a small fortune.   The man would not budge from his price...  he is only car rental in town and he pretty much had the market.   We finally got the car and got past the dollar amount we paid  .... we hate it when we get hammered and we have to go with it  Deep Breath and go on....... and  we drove to Nemea.  Nemea has a temple area and is being worked on.   The workers were singing and we could hear the hammers going.  In the back (by the temple) they were making improvements on the floor.  The whole place was very clean and looked like it was being restored.  The museum was very complete.

Nemea ~ Looking across at the pillars
  One interesting display was a bronze hydria with an inscription that said "I belong to Zeus at Nemea" and was dated 510 BC.

Many of the displays were pottery shards.  Some of the pottery dates were amazing.  They were famous for their Nemean games.... (not Olympian) ...  They had a movie that displayed the starting of races and explained the starting footing.   It was really interesting ...  They had pieces of marble with foot and toe places and the athletes lined up on them.  Additionally, a tension rope was in front of them.  When they started the rope fell to the ground...  It was really quite an amazingly intricate machine (Once again, the ancients surprize us with their technology.)

 A darling dog attached himself to us when we arrived...He was sort of a Greek Irish Setter look....  He loved us .
Ancient Quarry: we saw the signs on the highway and pulled in to see it...
....He faithfully followed us for almost an hour ..... then changed to a group of high schoolers...  David was relieved as he could just see me trying to sneak it past customs.... 

We headed out to Mycenea... We saw a sign that said "Ancient Stone Quarry."   We pulled in wondering what we would see.  We could not believe how amazing it was!   It was a series of stones cut in huge steps...  we could see the tool marks from  so many years before.  This is the wonderful thing about Greece.   History around every corner...    We drove past quite a few of the little road side shrines.   I took pictures of a few of them.  They can be simple metal boxes or elaborate church shaped shrines.  I love the variety.    I don't fully understand them.  I don't know if the people died there (like a car wreck) or if it was a favorite area of the deceased.  I found it very moving to see little candles flickering in them at night.... 

On to Mycenae....



santafeclau says:
great review!
Posted on: Dec 27, 2008
valerieb says:
re: last comment. Apparently I can see you a lot today! :) Geez, I'll have to reread before I submit.
Posted on: Oct 25, 2008
valerieb says:
Yeah, I can see you trying to sneak a dog into the country. The Mycenea museum sounds fancinating that would be really interesting to see everything together from each excavation...seems like it would give you a real glimpse into the ancient world.
Glad there wasn't an earthquake. I can see you laying there in rubble thinking about how to look your best when discovered 2000 years later.
Posted on: Oct 25, 2008
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Nemea ~ Looking across at the pill…
Nemea ~ Looking across at the pil…
Ancient Quarry: we saw the signs o…
Ancient Quarry: we saw the signs …
red shrine : photographs and candl…
red shrine : photographs and cand…
Pillars: nemea
Pillars: nemea
simple grey shrine: nemea area
simple grey shrine: nemea area
quarry ancient:.. nemea area
quarry ancient:.. nemea area
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quarry-ancient
Elaborate roadside shrine
Elaborate roadside shrine
blue shrine: simple but very sophi…
blue shrine: simple but very soph…
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the quarry cut out continues up t…
carving:nemea: late 5th Century BC
carving:nemea: late 5th Century BC
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vessels, bowls, containers: nemea…
model of the site: nemea
model of the site: nemea
florettes: nemea
florettes: nemea
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mixing vessel: nemea: to mix clay…
Bronze vessel with womans head: n…
Bronze vessel with woman's head: …
writing said: I belong to Zeus at …
writing said: I belong to Zeus at…
stone lamps... Look at the detail!…
stone lamps... Look at the detail…
Listing of participants in events:…
Listing of participants in events…
a model of what the area looked li…
a model of what the area looked l…
map of Nemea area
map of Nemea area
vessels   nemea: Second half of 14…
vessels nemea: Second half of 1…
Deities   nemea  13th century BC
Deities nemea 13th century BC
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Signant Rings : important enough …
Tub: 300 BC
Tub: 300 BC
Nemea
Nemea
Nemea grounds
Nemea grounds
Nemea... grounds
Nemea... grounds
Nemea..  temples with rebar... the…
Nemea.. temples with rebar... th…
excavation: baths
excavation: baths
covered area with excavations
covered area with excavations
Nemea ...  the path led to more co…
Nemea ... the path led to more c…
pillars... waiting to be stacked
pillars... waiting to be stacked
Sections of pillars
Sections of pillars
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Nemea... sections of columns next…
Nemea temple area with remaining p…
Nemea temple area with remaining …
Pillars ;;; Nemea
Pillars ;;; Nemea
Pillar sections.... there were so …
Pillar sections.... there were so…
Nemea
Nemea
Nemea pillars
Nemea pillars
workers at Nemea texturing the flo…
workers at Nemea texturing the fl…
David at the Pillar... a little hi…
David at the Pillar... a little h…
Nemea pillars ... with Sylvia hold…
Nemea pillars ... with Sylvia hol…
Sylvia at Nemea
Sylvia at Nemea
Namea grounds
Namea grounds
Tree with unusual flowers
Tree with unusual flowers
tree in the front yard
tree in the front yard
This odd plant was in the yard
This odd plant was in the yard
Nemea
photo by: sylviandavid