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Published: October 26th 2014
Most of the day, I stayed in the hotel room with Deke; the poor man is suffering, and both his back and his knee are hurting. He is getting better with the crutches, but it is still a bit of an effort to get to the bathroom. Needless to say, we will be leaving Greece a little earlier than we had planned.
Despite his pain, Deke is his old logistical, genius self, taking care of the details needed for an early exit. I offered to do this for Deke, but he trusts himself more than he trusts me with this kind of thing.
The staff at the Electra Palace Hotel has been very accommodating in helping us with Deke’s additional needs, and it is appreciated. I suppose if one has to suffer a fractured patella, it is better to endure it in a luxury hotel.
Deke encouraged me to get out of the room, so I went to the Acropolis Museum. It is truly astounding that so many treasures of antiquity can exist in one place. Even walking into the museum, I saw ruins. A sign indicated that the ruins were currently being excavated, and at one point,
the public would be able to get nearer to them. Even in the museum itself, clear, plastic flooring is provided in places so that patrons can look down and see the ruins beneath them.
There is so much to absorb in the Acropolis Museum, I suggest reading up on Greek Mythology and maybe a little history before going there, which I did not. Something that struck me was the proximity between the statues and the public. There was a hall in which one could ask questions of an archeologist, so I mentioned to an archeologist that it seemed that they trusted the public a lot letting us get so close to the ancient statues. She stated that it was not an easy decision, but that it was ultimately concluded that the museum should let the public walk freely amongst the statues because that was the way it was on the Acropolis.
I was also struck with how often temples and statues on the Acropolis were destroyed after the conquering party came into Athens; it is truly tragic that so much was lost.
The oldest artifacts I could remember seeing were from the 7th
century B.C. I can
hardly comprehend something that old. Another thing, which I noted from one of the informational plaques was that there was a period of time when almost all weddings in Ancient Greece took place--in January and a little into February.
Photography was not permitted in every hall of the museum, but I believe that I was able to get a couple of nice shots; however, my knowledge regarding some of the photographs is woefully lacking.
After my visit to the Acropolis Museum, I went out into Athens to run a few errands, and I found the people enjoyable.
I’m hoping to visit The Acropolis itself tomorrow, and I’m hoping that Deke’s pain level and discomfort improves.
Regarding my further study of Aristotle, I came across the following in Book V of Ethics:
. . . for all agree that the Just in distributions ought to be according to some rate: but what that rate is to be, all do not agree; the democrats are for freedom, oligarchs for wealth, others for nobleness of birth, and the aristocratic party for virtue.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
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