PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: POETRY (PARTHENON)

The Parthenon

The Parthenon

The Parthenon is a former temple on the Athenian Acropolis, Greece, dedicated to the goddess Athena, whom the people of Athens considered their patron.  It is the most important surviving building of Classical Greece, generally considered the zenith of the Doric order. Its decorative sculptures are considered some of the high points of Greek art. The Parthenon is regarded as an enduring symbol of Ancient Greece, Athenian democracy and western civilization, and one of the world’s greatest cultural monuments. The Greek Ministry of Culture is currently carrying out a program of selective restoration and reconstruction to ensure the stability of the partially ruined structure.

Although the Parthenon is architecturally a temple and is usually called so, it is not really one in the conventional sense of the word. A small shrine has been excavated within the building, on the site of an older sanctuary probably dedicated to Athena as a way to get closer to the goddess, but that is all that can be claimed.

In many writings of the Greeks assertions have been made that there were many treasures stored inside the temple, such as Persian swords and small statue figures made of precious metals.

Since the Greeks contributed much of the following to Western Civilization, make a point of one such item and use it as your focus for your poem:

1. Democracy.
2. Tragedy, Comedy, Drama, and Theater.
3. Logic. The science of logic was first formulated by Aristotle.
4. Science.
5. Architecture, Sculpture, and Painting.

6. Philosophy. The word literally means, Love of Wisdom
7. Poetry

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13 thoughts on “PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: POETRY (PARTHENON)

  1. William Preston

    ACROPOLIS

    From these heights
    sprang
    we, the people.

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  2. William Preston

    ATHENS

    Ruins here
    loose
    amused Muses.

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  3. July 20 – The Parthenon

    Parthenon

    P redetermined to be a temple for
    A thena, the virgin goddess, its
    R uins – still a sign of
    T he greatness of Greece
    H istoric and meaningful to
    E ach and every Greek and
    N on-Greed alike, for
    O ver two millennia it stands
    N o longer goddess occupied

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  4. Aristophanes the original Don Rickles
    A poet proving insult tickles
    His poems and plays he did pander
    Loved and hated for slander

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  5. […] PHOENIX RISING JULY P.A.D. TRAVELOG – DESTINATION: POETRY (PARTHENON) […]

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  6. Gift of the Greeks

    A Greek tragedy plays out
    on stage, page out of ancient
    history, rich with language
    and costumes of the day.
    You are transported.

    Maybe a comedy tonight!
    Slapstick, satire, wit.
    Sit, enjoy the show,
    and forget your troubles.
    Be a part of the performance.

    Actors in drama may weep,
    rant, sweat, and sometimes
    commit violence. Silence
    curtains the crowd, so caught
    up, they see themselves on stage.

    We owe the Greeks a great debt.

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  7. In the mid-1990’s, I visited Athens for the first time. It would be more than a dozen years later that I would write my first poem, but I remember standing in awe of this great monument. Gazing on her ancient beauty. Wanting never to forget the feeling of being a speck of dust in the continuum of life and eternity. I knew that I needed to remember that feeling. I just didn’t know, at the time, that I should be writing about what I saw.

    A NEW AWAKENING
    (a shadorma)

    My muse had
    yet to be born when
    I stood in
    Athena’s
    shadow; yet, part of me knows
    she was awakened.

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  8. A TRAGIC LIFE IN A COMEDY OF ERRORS

    The masks we wear hide us.
    They shields our hearts from the inhumanity,
    that becomes the calamity of this life.
    Where once joy filled each beat,
    now pain and misery will possess you.
    Tragedy and comedy meet in the middle,
    the riddle is where one ends and one begins!

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