When Emperor Hadrian arrived to Athens, while the city’s Roman period, he was astonished by the city’s beauty and glory. At 131 AD he completed the construction of one of the biggest temples of the antiquity, whose remains we can visit today at the archaeological place of Olympeion.

The modern site is located next to Plaka and Syntagma (500 meters from both) and anyone can realize its past glory and destructions. Made from Pentelic white marble, and with a fallen column in 1852, the temple is unique.

It is said that the temple foundation was directed related to Greeks mythical ancestor, Defkalion, who survived the fllood myth, just like Noah. Athens had no longer king, so the “dictator” or ruler, Pisistratus, tried to finish the temple. Unfortunately, it was proved a really expensive project. However, he solved the water supply problem of Athens, by providing the city water from nearby Immitos mountains. But the same person who completed the temple, solved also that problem. Emperor Hadrian finished the temple but also Athens aqueduct.

 

Mythodea on June 28st 2001

A concert was organised on that date, June the 28th 2011, related to NASA and the music composer Vangelis. Here is the video from youtube.

 

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