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Olive 27/3/16

Athens!
We went to the theatre of Dionysus, all ruins now. But it would have been extremely grand.
Here it is in Lego. We found this at the museum.

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We found a turtle! Two actually. One around some green shrubs at the top, and one in the long grass in the picture.

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Right down the bottom, half hidden in the long grass is a turtle, around it is the hollow sort of thing we found it in.
Here is a back story on Dionysus. Once again, big old thunderpants himself fell in love with a mortal girl named Selene. Zeus told her that Hera, (his wife) would never know and Selene soon announced that she was pregnant. Hera obviously found out and disguised herself as Selene's old nursemaid. After Zeus left, she was welcomed into Selene's house. She pretended to be shocked when Selene said she was dating the King of the universe. Hera told Selene, that she needed to know if this was Zeus not some random pretender. After all this was the father of her child. So Hera told Selene to ask Zeus to promise that he would do anything for her, then ask him to show you his godly form. Selene agreed, not knowing that if a mortal saw a gods true form they would turn to ashes. So when Zeus came again, Selene made him swear on everything he held dear, then asked him to show his real self to her. Zeus didn't want to, but he had promised. So he let his mortal form burn away. Selene turned to ash, but the half grown baby inside her survived and Zeus managed to catch the poor baby before he hit the floor. Zeus cut open his thigh and put the baby inside before stitching it up again. He was sad over the death of Selene. After the baby had grown enough, Zeus cut him out of his thigh and named him Dionysus.

Dionysus grew up with the nature spirits, and one day, as he was playing with his best friend, he spotted a strange vine, growing at the top of a tree. He asked his friend if he could climb up and get some of the small purple fruits. So his friend climbed the tree, but just as he grabbed a handful, he slipped and fell, hitting his head on the rocks, he died. Dionysus tried grab the small fruits that had cost his friend his life, but they had crushed on the rocks and were just a purple juice. I have to make something out of this. Dionysus thought. If only to honour my friend. So Dionysus crushed the grapes between rocks creating the very first wine press.
And soon he became the wine God.

After walking around the theatre for a bit, we went to the Acropolis museum. Mum and Dad went around trying to tell us about the Greek myths that were shown in freezes of stone and statues. But we kept correcting them since we had read Percy Jackson, a series of books about the Greek gods.
Example - dad said that Zeus had had four daughters, and two of them were shown in the freeze, we said actually no. Zeus had had TWO daughters, BOTH of which were shown in the freeze, one was nice and happy, the other was cold and mean. So Zeus named them the warm seasons and the cold seasons.

Greek Mythology,The Death Pig.
A long time ago,in a Greek city called Kalydon, King Oineus forgot to make offerings to Artemis, the goddess of the hunt. It was harvest time. The Kalydonians were supposed to offer the first fruits off the trees to the gods. They poured out olive oil for Athena, the goddess of wisdom and warfare. They burned some grain for Demeter goddess of wheat. They sacrificed fish sticks with tartar sauce for Poseidon, the God of the sea.

But they forgot Artemis. All she wanted was a couple of apples, she would have even settled for lemons. But her alter remained empty.

She was extremely angry. And there is one thing you need to know. NEVER make Artemis angry. She summoned the most ferocious pig in the history of pigs.

This huge pig was the size of a rhinoceros. His eyes were blood red and they blazed like fire. His steel strong hide was covered with bristles as rigid as spears, so if he brushed up against you he would absolutely shred you. His massive razor sharp tusks...well, if you got close enough to see them, you were pretty much already toast. He was in short, the Death Pig.

Artemis unleashed him on the fields of Kalydonia, were he destroyed all the orchards, trampled the fields, killed all the animals, farmers, and anyone else that was dumb enough to get in his way. At this point, King Oineus really wished he had given Artemis some apples.
He asked his son, Meleager, what he should do. Meleager thought they should hunt the death pig, because Artemis is the goddess of hunting wild creatures. So he gathered all the best hunters in Greece, the King offered rewards. They put on the First and Hopefully the Last Annual Kalydonian Boar Hunt.

Artemis did not make it easy. Some guy called Mopsos, who was the strongest spear thrower in Greece, launched his spear with enough force to crack a bronze shield. Artemis caused the spear head to fall off mid flight. The spear shaft bounced harmlessly off the monster.
Another hunter named Ankaios laughed at him. “That’s no way to fight the Death Pig! Watch and learn!” He hefted his double-bladed ax. “I’ll show you how a real man fights! This girlie goddess’s boar is no match for me.”

He charged in, raising his axe above his head, and the boar rammed his tusk straight into Ankaios’s crotch. Ankaios died, and he was remembered forever after as the Crotchless Wonder.

Finally Prince Meleager himself slew the boar with a lot of help from his friends. He hung the boar's hide in his hall and called himself The Bravest Man in Greece. It wasn't enough to calm Artemis who filled the other hunters with envy and created a full on civil war.

Posted by wott.on.earth 08:17 Archived in Greece

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