Stoa of Attalos

Stoa of Attalos in the ancient Athenian Agora in modern-day Athens, Greece.

We had a discussion on the reconstruction of ancient ruins in order to experience them in their former glory. My notes on the topic read:

“Original ruins vs reconstruction

-value of space vs value of building

-Buddhism/Taoism-constant rebuilding

Agora-change of occupation; cultural change Greek>Roman>Modern Greek

-What is the most important artifact?

-digging through stratigraphy of historical layers

-reconstruct Greek ruins? Byzantine?

Notes on ancient ruins and cities: Corinth vs Delphi vs Mycenae

Notes on ancient ruins and cities: Corinth vs Delphi vs Mycenae.

My ramblings comparing the ancient cities of Corinth, Pompeii, Delphi, and Mycenae. I don’t know how interesting this is, but I’m posting anyway!

It reads:

“Corinth vs Delphi vs Mycenae

-‘apples to oranges’ argument of comparison.

-clear procession up hill (Mycenae) / flat of Corinth

-Corinth as Nolli map-great piazza!

-layers of history

-Delphi, Mycenae, & Pompeii “frozen in time” vs Corinth & Athens which were continuously inhabited

Athens, Rome, Venice, London

-keep historical cities from becoming museums

notion of ground plane

-small changes in section can have a big impact

-plane of ground, water

-anything on Delphi’s site would be good

Athens-history of city is walled off from locals (Acropolis museum, the Acropolis itself, etc)

-Temple of Herculean Zeus walled off-could be great park