Charles Clanton Rogers

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international Blogging Guest – M.L. Kappa 

Greece #1

 

Summer Festivals

How many people associate a visit to Greece with going to the theatre? It would be interesting to know. But, time it right, and your trip could afford an unforgettable experience. Imagine sitting in the same place as a Greek or Roman did thousands of years ago, to watch a play under a starlit sky – although in those days, plays were held mostly during the day to take advantage of natural light. Some of Greece’s ancient theatres are still used for selected performances every summer. Obviously a lot of those are plays by Aristophanes, Sophocles or Aeschylus, and would be incomprehensible unless you speak Greek. However, a wide variety of high quality shows are put on every July and August during the Summer Festivals.

 

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Author’s “self portrait” M.L. Kappa

 

Many important theatres were built by the Greeks, in Thoricos and Corinth, in Delphi and Delos, Dodona and Megalopolis, Milos and the most recently excavated in Messini. Increasingly, and within the limitations of preventing damage done by large audiences tramping around on the stone, they are being used to give spectators unique sensations. The famous Herodes Atticus Odeon, known as ͞Herodion͟, dominates the south slope of the Acropolis in Athens. The theatre was built between 160 and 174 BC by the immensely wealthy Athenian Herod Atticus in memory of his wife Regilla. In 1955, the restored Herodion became a perfect home for the newly-founded Athens Festival. Every summer since, within the framework of the festival, a varied programme of plays, concerts and dance is put on. To give you an idea, in the summer of 2015 there were, amongst others, a staging of Puccini’s͞Tosca͟, as well as performances by dancer Sylvie Guillem, the China Philarmonic Orchestra and singer Rufus Wainwright. Over the years I have watched many performances, including ͞Pagliacci͟, directed by FrancoZeffirelli. But the sight of Mikhail Baryshnikov leaping across the stage under a full moon is one I will never forget.

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The most beautiful and best-preserved of the theatres, in Epidaurus, is situated at the sacred sanctuary of the god-physician Asclepius in Argolis (in the Peloponnese), which was the most famous healing centre of the Greek and Roman world. Built in an area of great natural beauty, surrounded by pine trees, the theatre of Epidaurus appears ready to embrace the spectator and introduce him into the mysteries of tragedy or the gaiety of comedy. Famous for its exceptional acoustics, it is as beautiful when packed with the audience impatiently waiting for the performance to begin as absolutely empty on a sunny morning when you can hear, ͞see͟ and feel your voice vibrate in the air and reach up to the 55th row of seats. You stand on the stone on which the altar of Dionysus had been built and think of the ancient actor who had performed there during a festival in honour of Asclepius. And then you think of Maria Callas singing ͞Norma͟ and standing exactly there.

M. L.  Kappa on Greece

M.L.Kappa writes about life in Greece. Saddened by the mess her country has got itself into, she attempts to describe and comment on what she, and the people around her, are going through – the things she sees, hears and reads about. The good, the bad, and the just plain funny.

Life is tough – but the country is still one of the most beautiful in the world. Moreover, Greeks do survival well and never fail to see the comical side of things.

Note from the Host [ccr]

Every educated person in the “Western World” stands up and salutes Greece which has remained our intellectual parent for three thousand years. Whether the leaders de jour were temporarily camped in Athens, Constantinople, Alexandria, Carthage, Rome, Paris, London, or Washington, our parables, rules, and attempted explanations of the inexplicable find their origin in the repository of Greece. Our characterizations of Stoic [Stoicism], Spartan [Sparta]  and Epicurean [Epecurus] are, of course, Greek.

democracy
the orientation of those who favor government by the people
mercenary
a person hired to fight for another country than their own
myth
a traditional story serving to explain a world view
immortal
not subject to death
plague
any large scale calamity
plunder
steal goods; take as spoils
philosopher
a specialist in the investigation of existence and knowledge
democracy
the orientation of those who favor government by the people
citizen
a native or naturalized member of a state
culture
all the knowledge and values shared by a society
czar

 

Thank you for the lovely visit, ML

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Charles Clanton Rogers    

“Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
What I was walling in or walling out,
And to whom I was like to give offense.
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,”
Robert Frost

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16 thoughts on “From Greece –Guest Author — M.L. Kappa

  1. Great post! Love the self portrait. I have been to Greece, and fell in love with the country. Such beauty and the people of Greece so lovely.

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      See now: I just built a bridge from Greece to Australia! K

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  2. What a beautiful country Greece is. Unforgettable.
    You did this post justice!

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  3. bbnewsab says:

    I, too, payed a visit to beautiful Greece (before its current economic crisis). Met a lot of hospitality from proud Greek citizens. Also visited places that deserve being called the cradle of Western civilization and democracy. Values that, today, are challenged by IS/ISIS/ISIL/Daesh.

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  4. M. L. Kappa says:

    Reblogged this on Letters from Athens and commented:
    Charles Roger Clanton kindly invited me to write a post for his blog. Do wander over to read his “Reflections based on poetry, music, visual art, book reviews, history of science, first-person history and philosophical essays”. There is something there for everyone!

    Liked by 3 people

    1. clanton1934 says:

      🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹

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  5. Margaretha says:

    I would give a LOT to be able to go to a performance of Puccini’s Tosca in the Herodion…

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    1. bbnewsab says:

      Me too. It would be an extraordinary experience.

      And even more extraordinary if KK were one of the singers.

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    1. clanton1934 says:

      Dear “Lynz” Thank you for your like and comment. I invite you to join our “network” see today’s challenge published yesterday and renewed today; join by writing someone on the list. Charles

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      1. clanton1934 says:

        Dear Lynz, I’ve been reading your blog. I would like to invite you to be featured on International Blogging. I’m sure you will agree that your experiences in geography, international friends and the food is an uncommon experience. I hope you will accept this invitation. I am entirely non-commercial; this is a retirement project.
        If you accept the invitation, I would like to publish your feature on December 13. I would like to suggest you select about 1000 words of narrative [not new manuscript]- just cut and paste things you have already written.
        The add two or three unusual recipes and your picture. I hope this interest you. I’m not likely to find another blogger in your category. I did have one guest with “Southern” recipe for chicken and it was one of my most popular post. Charles

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      2. That is an awesome invitation. I will try I am not so good at these things. What kind of thing would be written? You said cut and paste, like stories or anything I want? I will do my best Charles, thanks for asking!!

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      3. clanton1934 says:

        You know your self better tan anyone. Readers like authenticity. Just tell us like your neighbor would talk about you over the backyard fence. In academia, I was trained to write objectively in the third person. For our purposes, I had to start over and break the formal mold. “First -person -history is best- “I did this- then and I felt this way about that” subjective. Gossipy even. And pictures are very much appreciated; pictures are loved.
        Send me the material to: charlesclantonrogers@me.com 🌹

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      4. ok let me see if I can and I will let you know thanks charles

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      5. Charles, I am really running these days, trying to find a job and still 6 kids at home. I would love to take part but I think for me it is too soon, I would need some time to fit it in. Let me know if you want me to do it later like next month or a few weeks notice. I appreciate you asking me, I am not great at computer stuff and basically run all day from 4 a.m. to night fall! Thanks again! Lynn

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