Posted by: DG MARYOGA | 08/06/2016

UNESCO-“2016 the Aristotle Anniversary Year “


 

UNESCO proclaims 2016 the Aristotle Anniversary Year

January 2016 – January 2017

Aristotle's Statue in Aristotelous Square

“Knowing oneself is the beginning of all Wisdom”

Eternal truths expressed over 20 centuries ago by the Greek philosopher and scientist Aristotle (384 BCE -322 BCE)

The famous philosopher from ancient Stageira,wrote as many as 200 treatises (of which 31 survive) on all Aspects of Life and Human Existence,from Biology and Physics to Theatre,Music, Politics and Ethics,metaphysics,poetry and zoology.

Thessaloniki May 2016

The Aristotle World Congress will be the highlight of all events to be organized worldwide in 2016 for the celebration of the “Aristotle Anniversary Year”, with the support and cooperation of the Research Centre for Greek Philosophy of the Academy of Athens, of the International Federation of Philosophical Societies of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO.

 The Congress opened with an official ceremony on May 23, 2016 followed by congress sessions that were held until May 28, 2016 in the main venue of the Aristotle University in the city of Thessaloniki as well as in ancient Stageira,the birthplace of Aristotle & in ancient Mieza, the place where the Macedonian philosopher taught Alexander the Great.

There will be Multiple International Congresses on:

“Aristotle Today -2,400 Years Anniversary 2016” held in Heidelberg, Leuven, Padua, Paris, Helsinki, Lisbon, Notre Dame (Indiana), Moscow, Córdoba and Athens.

And me,walking on the paths of Philosophy & History Aristotle 2,400 years – Thessaloniki May 2016.

If you ever take the road down to my space,you don’t have to attend any conferences or to philosophise,you can just have a lazy walk with me around Thessaloniki,”The Bride of Thermaikos” in Central Macedonia on the shore of the Thermaic Gulf.

A modern metropolis,and the second largest city in Greece,the co-capital,as we usually call it.It was first established in 316 B.C. by Kassandros and named after his wife,Thessaloniki,who was half-sister of  Alexander the Great.Thessaloniki means Victory in Thessaly.The soul of the city is everywhere around and its long history in many archaeological sites,monuments,churches and museums.

Aristotelous Square, main square of Thessaloniki, is named after the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle. His statue is made of bronze by the sculptor G.Georgiadis and depicts Aristotle,wearing simple Greek chiton,sitting on marble bench with papyrus scroll in his hand.Is the theory of the Five Elements included … ? Earth,Fire,Air,Water  & Aether which is the Divine substance that makes up the heavenly spheres,the heavenly bodies,the stars and the planets.The heavenly element has perpetual circular motion …

Bronze Figures ...

Silent Bronze Figures …

A polymath,a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great.Together with Plato and Socrates (Plato’s teacher),Aristotle is one of the most important founding figures in Western philosophy.His writings were the first to create a comprehensive system of Western philosophy,encompassing morality and aesthetics,logic,science,politics and metaphysics.

No one in the history of civilisation has shaped our understanding of science and natural philosophy more than the great Greek philosopher and scientist Aristotle.He exerted a profound and pervasive influence for more than two thousand years and has shaped our understanding of science and natural philosophy.

I saw the Master there of those who know,
Amid the philosophic family,
By all admired,and by all reverenced;
There Plato too I saw,and Socrates,
Who stood beside him closer than the rest … Dante,The Divine Comedy.

Tired my mind,my eyes,I need to go down to Nea Paralia right by the sea to start another journey …

I won't miss the White Tower,I come by later on

I won’t miss the White Tower,I will come by later on

Morning promenade when the city is still half asleep

Morning promenade when the city is still half asleep

taking a promenade when the city is still half asleep

taking a promenade before boarding an ancient Trireme …

The Argo was waiting for me,she was so beautiful on the blue waters of the Thermaic Gulf.

Jason's Argo,oh how beautiful she is ...

Jason’s Argo,oh how beautiful she is …

I wanted to experience Jason’s adventures when he sailed in search of the Golden Fleece.

on a Trireme journey

on a Trireme journey in the Argo,she is so beautiful

 

 And then back again on land to see another figure towered beyond the ordinary skies  …

Oh,there he is,the Great Man I was looking for ...

Oh,there he is,the Great Man I was looking for …

O what a Man, so Bold and Brave ...

O what a Man, so Bold and Brave …

A Brilliant Man,built like a Tower of Steel,some believe he was Unreal.Alexander the Great,the Legendary King of Macedonia while riding his horse Bucephalus,one of the most famous horses of antiquity.

Here is the tall impressive monument of Alexander the Great,six metres high,with the marble base reaches 11 metres.The statue was made in 1973 by Evangelos Moustakas,a renowned Greek artist. It was revealed to the public in 1974.He wanted him at the water-front,I wanted him above the clouds in the Heavenly Sphere with the Stars and the Planets.

V.Moustakas recounts :

“Ever since I was a child, I had imagined Alexander the Great equestrian and dashing – a hero of myth! I had been preoccupied with the subject since 1960-61 without dreaming of any competition. The equestrian figure interests me because it provides great opportunities for composition. Thus, for the monument I designed a Sculpture Space. I geometrized the forms on the equestrian figure so that they will withstand the test of time.I wanted a horse outside reality – a ‘beast’ …

More here:http://vagelismoustakas.com/en/node/201

The 5 Elements in my mind the Aether

The 5 Elements in my mind,the 5th, Aether,the heavenly element which has perpetual circular motion … I wanted him Up in the Heavenly Sphere …

O what a Man,so Bold and Brave,A Brilliant Man,built like a Tower of Steel

And while reading V.Moustakas inspiration,I am thinking that Gilbert Chesterton was right when he said that :

The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists …

In 343 B.C., King Philip II hired the philosopher Aristotle to tutor Alexander at the Temple of the Nymphs at Meiza. Over the course of three years, Aristotle taught Alexander poetry, drama, science, politics, the meaning of Justice & the skills of Rhetoric.Alexander’s passion for learning never decayed.Seeing that Homer’s Iliad inspired Alexander to dream of becoming a heroic warrior, Aristotle created an abridged version of the tome for Alexander to carry with him on military campaigns.

History,Mythology,Philosophy,Culture … My mind was tired again,I will go back for a walk by the sea and in the streets of the city.Come with me,you don’t have to philosophise …

Oh,the White Tower,Thessaloniki's landmark

Oh,the White Tower,Thessaloniki’s landmark

The White Tower,Thessaloniki’s symbol and landmark,is a monument and museum on the waterfront of the city.The present tower replaced an old Byzantine fortification of the 12th century during the Ottman Empire in order to fortify the harbour of the city.It was whitewashed after Greece gained control of the city again in 1912.

The White Tower

The White Tower

Morning Walks around the The White Tower

Morning Walks around The White Tower

The

The “White Tower” texturised by Time …

Sunday Morning in the city of Thessaloniki

Sunday Morning in the city of Thessaloniki

And Art under “The Umbrellas” on the new waterfront where G.Zongolopoulos put his own artistic expression,in 1997 when Thessaloniki was the Cultural Capital of Europe.

Uder the Umbrellas with the rain and the sun ...

Under the Umbrellas with the rain and the sun …

A sculpture with adaptability to times and moments following the moods of the weather.When it is raining the umbrellas become a nice shelter,when it is foggy they make their mark on the horizon and when it is sunny they play with the bright sun rays.It is 13 metres high and made of stainless steel.The Venetians had expressed their enthusiasm when the sculptor presented “The Umbrellas” at the 46th Biennale in Italy.

Some people had fun,they thought the Umbrellas were too high and out of their reach  and they played,they laughed,they had fun …

some had fun,they played,they laugh ...

some had fun,they played,they laughed …

some were fishing,they had fun,but didn't sit under The Umbrellas ..

others were fishing,they had fun,but they didn’t sit under The Umbrellas ..

Conferences,Ruins,Byzantine churches,murals,public art,history,statues,monuments,I’ll take some more snaps and go back to the hotel to relax and have panoramic views from the balcony.

some others live with the ruins,with the past and enjoy the present ...

some others live with the ruins,with the past and are enjoying the present …

the ginger beauty was studying history,but got tired and fell asleep ...

the Ginger beauty was studying history,but got tired and fell asleep …

A “Banksy” graffiti artist wanted to show me his art and a beautiful dove was resting on the lawn,she had attended a  conference and wanted to gather her thoughts now …

The Banksy artist was proud of his graffiti art

The Banksy artist was proud of his graffiti art,he had also painted his breast reddish …

Pause … ,Silence … It’s the moment when the viewer becomes the creator …

gathering her thoughts after the conference ...

the dove was gathering her thoughts after the conference …

Pavlos Melas wanted to tell me about history and the battles

Pavlos Melas wanted to tell me about history and the battles

The Muralist had Fun on the walls ...

The Muralist had Fun on the walls …

Pause … ,Silence … It’s the moment when the viewer becomes the creator …

The Helexpo Tower of the International Exhibition Centre

The Helexpo Tower of the International Exhibition Centre in the city centre

There were so many statues,they all wanted to tell me their stories,I don’t have space to place them all here.There was also the Citadel,but I was tired,I will climb up there next time,I will only paint it now …

When I decided to paint the Citadel

When I decided to paint the Citadel

Macedonia Palace and Electra Palace were waiting to receive and attend their patrons.They are both luxurious and very popular hotels.The panoramic views over the Thermaic Gulf  are fantastic.You stand on the balcony and you feel you can touch the blue waters of the Aegean sea.

Macedonia Palace at the waterfront

Macedonia Palace at the waterfront

Electra Palace above Aristotle's bronze statue

Electra Palace at the Aristotelous Square

The night started spreading its grey shades and shadows and the hotels were waiting to receive their patrons.

the greys og the night

the greys of the night

Philosophy & History under the night skies,Aether in a perpetual motion

Statues and monuments under the infinite black dome of the firmament

But The Heavenly Element has Perpetual Circular Motion …

The heavenly element has perpetual circular motion ...

The heavenly element has perpetual circular motion …

Civilisation in a complex society is Urban Development,Social Stratification,Symbolic Communication with different writing systems,Monumental Architecture,Expansionism …

And what is culture ? The Arts,the Manifestations of Human Intellectual Achievements,Ideas,Customs,the social behaviour of a society;it’s Your own Inner Construction,your Equilibrium  …

Aristotle’s bronze figure is in the square,with his own school of philosophy,known as Aristotelianism or the Peripatetic School,influenced almost all later philosophical thinking,you shall love beauty,which is the shadow of God over the Universe.

If you Aspire to Greatness,study Classics and seek Happiness only through the Cultivation of the Virtues that make a Human Life Complete.

The History of a country begins in the man’s heart and soul …

The Argo was again waiting for me …

The Argo was waiting ...

The Argo was waiting …

For an Intimate Journey to the School of Gods and  into my Being,my Idealistic Dreams.Come with me,board the Ancient Trireme,you don’t have to Philosophise.Enjoy ordinary Scenes and Paint everything with your Own Colours.Enjoy the Journey …

Reviving Aristotle’s Peripatetic School …

AArchaeological Sites, Monuments, Churches and

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  1. Hope you’re well Doda I’ve missed you this year.

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    • I am just fine and enjoying brilliant summer days,dear Charlotte 🙂 Can’t thank you enough for thinking of me my friend.I came back to WP with a quick summer post,just to show signs of life lol.I’ll soon visit your splendid blog which I so much enjoyed 🙂

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  2. It has been almost a year now, I wonder if you are running another blog..

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    • Yes,almost one year and officially away from my beloved WP and my precious contacts,who I’ve missed a lot in every way.No,I’m not running another blog,only my Twitter & Flickr accounts,which are quick to upload and respond.My dream is to come back to WP and start posting again,even very short posts …. Lack of time right now.So many thanks for your concern and for coming by 🙂

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  3. What an interesting and intriguing post! Thank you so much and greetings.

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    • Thank you for your kindness;I reached your site,but I couldn’t leave my likes and any comments.Anyhow,friendly greeting to you too 🙂

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  4. Thank you so much for greeting my friend. I appreciate your beautiful and interesting posts and your kindly friendship. All the best în The New Year 2017 !

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    • I ,too,thank you for everything my friend.Wishing you once again a Happy,Healthy,Creative & Peaceful New Year !

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  5. Hi dear Doda.. just dropping by to say hi and to wish you merry christmas and happy holidays, my friend… sending love ❤

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    • Can’t thank you enough,dear Aquileana!Glad we communicated on the Twitter land where the “roads” are quicker … Hope you enjoyed my Dear Deer collage 🙂 ★★★░M░E░R░R░Y░★░C░H░R░I░S░T░M░A░S░★★★

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  6. Hope you’re well Doda 😊🙋🏼 just popped by to say Hi.

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    • I’m just fine although extremely busy,dear Charlotte.Enchanted by your Ave Maria,touched by your reference to your Mema …
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  7. Hi dear Doda… You have been on my mind recently my friend.. just wanting you to know you are in my thoughts and thought of fondly my friend.. take care where ever you are in your travels..
    Sending you Love and very big hugs
    Sue xxx ❤

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    • Hi dearest Sue 🙂 You have been on my mind too,for such a long time,but my recent travels,after our summer holidays,kept me away from you,I never managed to pay a decent visit as I’d promised.Some bloggers visit and leave just “a single word” comment and a Like,even without reading the posts extensively.That’s how they survive.You know though that Ill come,it’s never too late 🙂 Best wishes to you & yours for this festive season,my friend :)Sending you Love & Blessings ♥ ƸӜƷ ♥

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  8. How are you, Dearest Doda? Are you enjoying your vacation? Hope everything is going well for you. ❤ ❤ xxx

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    • Fine,just fine although busy my good friend Amy 🙂 I’ve missed you and your wonderful posts so much … All the best to you & your family Amy Dear ~ Sending Love & Peace your way ♥ ƸӜƷ ♥

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      • Thank you so much! So happy to hear from you, Dear Doda! 🙂 💕💞

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        • I am so worried that I am away from WP … No posts,no visits to my lovely friends,no comments … Last year on the 23rd of Dec.my inbox was empty,I was so happy about it.Now,I look at the 2,000 something … emails and I run away.I don’t know how to balance things and come back … Sigh … Love to you my dearest Amy ♥ ƸӜƷ ♥

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          • I miss you a lot, Dear Doda! But, I know you have been very busy. Thank you for finding time to respond and let us hear from you. ❤ ❤

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            • A big thank you from my ♥ dearest Amy!I wll do my best to come back to WP after sorting out my cluttered inbox … Lots of hard work though,but hope never dies …

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                • How have you been, Dearest Doga? ❤ 🙂

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                  • I am just fine my dearest Amy.Thanks to your visit I decided to post something quick to show signs of life … Right now my email inbox has 3,580 emails … Never Had I expected to face such an uncontrollable situation 😦 I look at it and run AWAY … I’ll visit your brilliant blog my friend 🙂 much love & hugs to you my lovely one 🙂 <3<3<3

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                    • Oh so happy to hear from, my dear Doda. I miss you and want to know you’re doing well. 💖💓💕

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                    • I can sense it,I dearly miss you and your brilliant posts,I’ll visit your site before going again 🙂 ❤ xxx

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                    • Don’t worry about visiting my posts before you leave for your trip. It will be here for a long while. 🙂 I’m just so happy to hear from you. xxx ❤

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                    • I’ll darling Amy,because I want to enjoy your new brilliant posts.Right now,I’m trying to keep my new post tidy without leaving comments unanswered.Thaaaank you so much for your understanding.To be honest,I wouldn’t have posted again,if I hadnot seen your comment : “How have you been,dear Doda?” under my Aristotle’s post <3<3<3 xxx

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                    • Thank you so much, Dearest Doda! I forever appreciate your friendship. xxx ❤ ❤

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    • Never too late to thank you for including me dear Rommel!It took me ages to respond,but I’ve been away from WP for a very long time.Best wishes for a Happy & Peaceful New Year ~ Keep triumphantly going,you’re a contemporary Pausanias & a great nature lover 🙂 *^*

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  10. What a wonderful post! I lived in Athens during my undergraduate studies and loved every second of it. I can’t believed I missed the art instillation of umbrellas when visiting Thessaloniki!

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    • Thank you for your kindness and for calling in!The Umbrellas Public Art was constructed in 1997,presumably,you visited Thessaloniki before that,otherwise you cannot miss it.Best Wishes for a Happy & Peaceful New Year 🙂

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      • Actually I was there after that. I have a feeling I wondered right past the art exhibit. I guess it’s an excuse to go back.

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  11. I want to go with you to the Aristotelous Square soon! Oh and can we stop by “The Umbrellas” art please? 🙂

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    • Oh,dear Christy,art is in your blood!You have an open invitation to come and travel with me to Thessaloniki.I go there quite often for professional reasons,the allegorical umbrellas are always there,I can almost read the poem you’ll write … 🙂

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  12. Such a wonderful tour. Thank you for your photographs and insightful commentary. I have learned a lot today.

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    • Many thanks for coming by and commenting,dear Karen!I am so glad you appreciated my post and what I shared with you.I ,too,liked your flower wreath and your splendid idea to adorn our entrance doors.Such a delightful welcome 🙂

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  14. Just calling in again dearest Doda to ask how you are my friend.. I hope all is well with your good self and you are enjoying Summer Sunshine where you are.. sending Love and Blessings
    Sue ❤ xxx

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    • Why thank you for that my dearest friend Sue!Always consistent and considerate,I wish I could visit you every single day and express my gratitude.Under the “Brush Strokes … ” I’ve also left a short comment-reply,hope you’ll notice it 🙂 CU at your brilliant space and at your allotment,till then,I send you my best wishes and much love 🙂 ❤ xxx
      PS:I so much like your new profile photo 😍💖😀❤️❌⭕️😀

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      • Thank you dearest Doda.. I have today got to grips with my new PC.. So Having some spare time I thought to alter my profile photo and my blog’s look.. xxx

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        • Still all my files are not transferred onto my new computer …
          And,all those 2,055 … waiting & waiting … CU again next year lol
          ♥ ƸӜƷ ♥ xoxoxox

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    • Thank you for calling in and for your kind words!I have just come back from your “sweet” blog!

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  16. Wow Doda… gotta ❤ the Gilbert Chesterton quote about construction vs creation 🙂 So much interesting Greek history and photos along this lovely cyber walk with you 🙂 🙂 ♥ ❤

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    • How nice to have you “knitting” on my Aristotle post dear Jackie!Thank you for walking with me through the paths of history and culture in the city of Thessaloniki.Many the challenges there … 🙂 ❤

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      • Lovely to walk with you, dear Doda 🙂 This post is like a fine thread spun from rich Greek history and culture 🙂 ♥ ❤

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        • You do knit and write with your heart,dear Jackie!Can’t thank you enough for your astute comments.Apologies for not responding earlier,the Greek islands kept me away from WP again 🙂 ❤ xxx

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          • awe… my dear Doda, you are too sweet! ❤ No apologies, please… There's no finer excuse than the Greek Islands! 🙂 ♥ ❤

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            • Back from abroad and from the Greek islands and just looking at my inundated email inboxes 😦 I don’t know where to start and how to balance the situation … Have a nice day dear Jackie! ❤ 🙂

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              • Welcome back, dear Doda 🙂 I am quite familiar with overgrown inboxes and hope you’ll find the bottom of yours very soon! 🙂 💜 ❤

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                • Oh Jackie dear,how nice to read your comforting words 🙂 Hope
                  you’re keeping well,my friend ❤ xxx

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  17. Wow! Awesome post! I was lost in it wandering with you caught in the beautiful scenes….basking by the sea and cooling under the heady heights if the wonderful umbrellas☺ Carried back in time to the world of Aristotle and Alexander the Great…and wandering on wondering paws through the beauty of the night, aglow across the darkened sea! ☺

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    • Thank you for coming with me to the “Aristotelian Peripatetic school “. Next time I should travel you to Mount Lykaion (Wolf Mountain) in Arcadia to see many paws at the sanctuaries of Zeus,Apollo Lykaios’ and Lykaian Pan’s.There is evidence there where mythology becomes history … Lykos = Λυκος = wolf 🙂 xxx

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      • Ooh! Wolf mountain?!😀This subject sounds like great blog material…I must check it out! On the other paw and a quick moments reflection you would undoubtedly be by far the best person for that task! 👍☺

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        • It would be such a ritualistic post with photos from the mysterious top of Mt. Lykaion and some werewolf fans around in the ruins of this sanctuary.Long the ancient story behind it and many the versions.
          I trust Pausanias’ story,his accounts have served as invaluable sources of information for archaeologists,historians, art historians and for a wide variety of scholars.Mt.Lykaion excavations are still in progress,we had some new discoveries announced this summer.
          It’s a collaboration between ΛΘ’ Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities,Tripolis – Arcadia,University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology, and Anthropology University of Arizona.All under the auspices of American School of Classical Studies which is in Athens-Greece.Enough is enough,had better finish before I start writing the post … CU at your place again,dear wolfie,I’ll gradually try to visit my WP again.Take care my friend! 🙂

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          • Sounds wonderful! Not having too much joy visiting my WP friends blogs myself just now so don’t worry about mine! Like you I’m gradually trying to visit it again and get back into the swing 🙂

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            • It took me ages to reply,I was away,I couldn’t hear the wolfie call,but I’ll do my best to start visiting my friends again.Best wishes for a Happy,Peaceful & Creative New Year,dear friend 🙂
              PS:My dog family will soon let you know about their diet … They are all real beggars,we try hard to follow the vet’s instructions 🙂

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  18. What a super post! Thank you so much for sharing…you can see the love and care you have put into this and I appreciate it!! Blessitude ❤

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    • Thank you so much for calling in and for your nice words!Sorry for not replying earlier but I was away in Santorini,came back a couple of days ago.I’m hopelessly behind … Blessitude to you too ♥√v^√v^√ ི xxX

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  19. Oh my goodness, how beautiful all of this you have shared! Thanks so much for this education. Congrats to Aristotle, the spiritual guide. “Knowing oneself” will haunt me forever. What nice images too!

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    • Oh,the Delphi precepts,”γνῶθι σεαυτόν”-“knowing oneself” and “μηδέν άγαν”- “nothing in excess or moderation in all things” which should haunt everybody forever,Maria,until we get the divinity within and reach sublime heights of human-divine insight and harmony.We read in Aristotle’s Rhetoric that introspection or autognosis is the supreme purpose of our philosophical inquiry and that temperance is so important.We should stand above the ordinary ego and try to moderate our thoughts,our passions and our actions.Who were meant to be?Are we true to our core values and at peace with them?No doubt,the real teacher is our soul …
      Stay connected to nature and to the study of the plants and flowers you share with us and I think your self-discovery journey has almost finished.You speak well of the beautiful,Maria … Thank you for being here with me 🙂

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  20. Thank You for this history lesson and showing modern Greece. Greece is so beautiful and full of warmhearted people. In school, I loved history and the best part of it was the history of Ancient Greece. Thank You.

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    • I ,too,thank you for your praiseful comment and your interest in Greek history and culture.It was a walk in return to your own tour in your “new” home town.Have a splendid & creative day!

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  21. I like the umbrella sculpture. Being up so high the umbrellas look like kites. We have an art piece in Culver City outside one of the Sony Studios buildings commemorating all the people through history who are responsible for the invention of television… Aristotle is the first name on the list…. yes, THAT Aristotle! Everything is related.

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    • I like them too,they are so ambitiously soaring skywards,they do look like kites or birds on the wing flying to greater heights to explore new horizons.Such a nice freedom feeling.They make you feel lighter,as if you were flying up with them and leave reality behind…
      The art piece in Culver city sounds interesting!Great the honour for Aristotle to be first on the list.His scientific axioms and his logic maths are universally established and set the basis for the development of high tech.Thanks for telling me about that Roslyn;small our world,everything is associated and connected 🙂

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  22. Thessaloniki could not get a better review than this Doda! It looks like the perfect waterfront city – with beautiful architecture and art. I can just imagine walking along the waterfront on an early morning or in the sunset. It must have been so lovely!

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    • Thank you so much for your nice words Inger dear,and for walking with me around the big city and along the seafront.
      Truly,the sunset and dawn scenes are breathtaking all year round.Btw,I treasure the experience I had with you in the Grand Prismatic phenomenal region and in the Fairy Falls.Enjoy your travels 🙂 xxx

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  23. Beautiful description in words and images. This article is very beautiful and interesting, a true spiritual journey but not only. I love Socrate, Platon and especially Aristotel. Have a good evening !

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    • Thank you for reading,dear Georgeta!I like your sophisticated posts too and I closely follow your eclectic work.Enjoy a peaceful & creative evening!

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  24. really cool to see these 🙂

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    • Thank you dear Joshi!I ,too,like your exceptional portraiture work 🙂

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  25. You were being humble!!! You covered so much about Thessaloniki front to back!!! I love that you included everything, old and new, present and history, light and dark, architectures to people. I was in Thessaloniki back in January, it was off-season and raining, which I didn’t necessary disliked. Seeing it in brighter days and settings though makes me wish to go back and see it “in a different light”. Love your wide shots of the White Towers. I couldn’t give justice to it with my pictures. I also love the wisdom between creation and construction. Excellent, full-circle post about a very lovely city.

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    • Rommel dear,what a nice feeling to see you dropping by and telling me more about your experiences in Thessaloniki.Your photos are beyond wonderful,you did capture the spirit of the city.Spring is the best season to be there,winter though is not bad at all.Only during summer it is teeming with tourists and of course during the International Fair in the middle of September,for almost ten days.Thank you ever so much for your rich and praiseful comment.You might come back one day again and enjoy more sites.Enjoy your travels.Take care 🙂

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  26. Thank you so much for this beautiful post Dear Doda…
    Didn’t know much till I read this post…
    thank you for sharing…:-)
    warmly
    sriram

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    • I am so happy you enjoyed it Sriram dear!Your nature posts are filled with his philosophical concepts.Thanks kindly for your approving comment,my friend.All the best 🙂

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  27. What an amazing post, Doda. I hadn’t realised that 2016 was an Aristotle anniversary year, but what a wonderful tribute all the conferences are to this great man. That his life and teachings are still celebrated after 2,400 years says so much about the impact he had on the roots of western thought. (Were you actually involved with the Congress in Thessalonika in May, Doda?) Your city is certainly very beautiful and your photos of it are stunning. I’d give anything to be strolling along that Promenade with you now, viewing the wonderful sites and many fabulous statues.
    I thoroughly enjoyed watching the video. The skills of the ancient shipbuilders live on in the work of modern craftsmen as they make use of the same methods and techniques. The Argo looks a superb vessel, and if you actually sailed on her, it must have been a truly awe-inspiring experience.
    Thank you so much for the lovely tour of Thessalonika and the details about so much of its history. Alexander the Great is one of my favourite historical figures. ❤ 🙂

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    • How nice to have you here Millie and it would have been nicer if I had a great historian like you with me to attend the World Congress and visit Aristotle’s tomb in the ancient Greek city of Stagira.He truly remains one of the most influential philosophers as he laid the foundations of Western culture,and his ideas and insights still dictate essential features of our world right now.The Argo is just a modern concept sailing into the past when the course of human civilisation was shaped… The Olympias Trireme,an exact full-scale replica of an ancient Trireme ship,designed by the naval architect John Coates,was commissioned by the Greek Navy and built by a Piraeus shipbuilder,with additional British financing,in 1987.It was part of the torch relay in the 2004 Olympics.It is as fast and maneuverable as the triremes described in the ancient texts.It is the only Trireme replica,commenced under the Auspices of the Hellenic Navy.The reconstruction of the ancient Athenian vessel is a “rebirth” of liberty in the modern world.Olympias launched a tour in Europe and in the United States to take part in a variety of educational and naval festivities and allowed historians,educators,philhellenes,and aspiring sailors to examine Her up close and discover Her compelling fortitude.

      http://www.trireme.org/

      Thank you kindly Millie for virtually joining me to walk on the philosophical and historical paths.Your favourite historical figure used to say : “Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all. Alexander the Great 🙂 ♥ ※

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      • Thank you for such a fantastic reply, Doda, and the extra detail about that wonderful Trireme. I was truly bowled over by the ship and the way it was built, and well understand its importance to educators, historians, and the like. I’ll certainly follow the link. Thank you so much for that. Have a lovely weekend. 🙂

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        • My pleasure Millie!I know that you appreciate all the history and historical references.Thank you ~ Enjoy your weekend. 🙂

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  28. Excellent post dear Doda ❤ Great to learn about Aristotle´s anniversary year… he was such a remarkable philosopher, and… even if I would define myself as platonic… I really think his legacy is unvaluable…
    His Nichomachean Ethics is one of my favorites books ever!…
    Sending much love & best wishes. Aquileana 😀

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    • Every art and every investigation,and likewise every practical pursuit or undertaking, seems to aim at some good:If this be so, we ought to make an attempt to determine at all events in outline what exactly this Supreme Good is.

      Πᾶσα τέχνη καὶ πᾶσα μέθοδος, ὁμοίως δὲ πρᾶξίς τε καὶ προαίρεσις, ἀγαθοῦ τινὸς ἐφίεσθαι δοκεῖ ….

      Is that your profile Aquileana?
      And as a Platonist though you also believe that your soul has descended from heaven and has framed a body in which to dwell and in every moment of your inspiration you have no sense for the imperfect ….

      Thanks kindly for reading and for R/Ting it,I would love to have you at the World Congress in Thessaloniki.Much love back to you my friend 🙂 ♥ ※

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  29. Wow, what a delight to read dear Doda. And what a beautiful part of the world you live. Which is seeped in history.
    Love that Aristotle with his wisdom knew that the five elements which include Earth, Fire, Air, and water along with Aether, which is also known as Ether. And that everything is in circular motion, each having its cycle .

    It isn’t until you describe his outstanding knowledge and his philosophy in his writings that you can see just how this one man has shaped the thinking minds of many who came after him.

    I so loved your journey to Nea Paralia by the sea. And what a delight I saw there waiting for me through your camera lens. Jason’s Argo.. And how magnificent was she.

    Did you go on that Trireme Journey my friend? What an experience if you did.

    I also watched the video of that magnificent ship being built.. The craftsmanship, the precision of carving and pegging those huge tree trunks together as they layered them up. I was awe struck in watching how it was built.. To see the way twine/cord was also used to be hammered into the crevices, and the way they got the wood to bend by heating it.. Amazing footage..
    One marvels at their early engineering skills and wonders indeed what it would be like exposed to the elements as they all pulled together on their oars.. I can not tell you how wrapped up I was within that experience.
    ( maybe a former life on the sea ) 🙂 is surfacing.. I know I had one, though not a good experience for me… But that is another story! 🙂

    Also that great statue of Alexander the Great. Which I know we only touched upon when I was at school in History lessons..
    The White Tower another gem of preserved history and if ever I get the chance to visit, would be the exact place I would head for.. I so love those old buildings and castles.. I know when I was in Rhodes, I was interested to learn that Richard the Lion Heart had been there.

    Love the Umbrellas, how modern after the history, and I imagine they can be seen for miles.
    The old and the New together somehow do not seem out of place there.

    The beauty of the Dove how pretty she sits there. And how clever is that mural, as it explodes from out of the artwork windows
    .. True Geni-us 🙂

    Doda is that your wonderful Art? Of the Citadel? I never knew you were so so talented my friend.

    Also thank you for that link to Alexander the Great.. You were able to view so many different perspectives of this great man there..

    Doda I really have enjoyed my half hour here, reading and learning absorbing so much from your post..
    I loved my visit..
    Sending you all of my Love and wishing you a very relaxing Sunday my friend..
    Love and Blessings

    Sue ❤ ❤ ❤ xxxxx ❤

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    • And what a delight to have my good friend Sue with me in the World Congress in Thessaloniki where she closely followed all my steps and my train of thoughts in the “Peripatetic venue …. 🙂

      How can I thank you,dear Sue,for reading every single word in my post and for viewing all the images with great interest.Your rich comment made me feel as if you were there with me and we experienced everything together.All these years I am following you and read your posts,I have realised that you are like a contemporary Aristotelian philosopher who observes the universe,respects its laws, watches it expanding out farther and faster every day and decodes all its signals … Have you study cosmology my friend ? !!!

      Thanks also for watching the Trireme video,you made a long journey that will help you forget your bad experience in the sea travel.A former life on the sea could be possible … and now you continued your journey on my trireme,you powerfully oared to bring it on the surface … You know that I am serious and how all these experiences are connected.

      Btw,do you like puns?I do,I love playing “on words” and that’s how I decided to paint the Citadel and to make the skies surreal … I wish I could paint like you,dear Sue,but I don’t,I simply manipulated the photo of the Citadel I had taken.It was just an ordinary image edited and displayed from a different perspective.Am I enigmatic? lol

      I loved ❤ your visit more than you can imagine ※ Sending much love and kind thoughts your "cosmos" 🙂 xxx

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      • I so loved my travels with you Doda, and so enjoyed all that I learnt and saw.. 🙂 Thank you most kindly for those glowing compliments..
        No I do not know about cosmology I just go with my Inner instincts and guidence.. and love interacting and learning..
        I so appreciate your friendship. Thank you so much.
        ( I have been away from my PC, as it is back in the shop! But I treated myself to a new Laptop yesterday and its taking some navigating as I had the store put some software on it so only got it this afternoon.. ) Your art was beautiful.. 🙂
        Love to you dear Doda xxx ❤

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        • What a coincidence dear Sue!I ,too,bought a new Laptop with Windows 10 on,of course,but I have not even touched it yet,I want to go on with my old one(s) a bit more and soon I’ll start exploring my new “toy” lol .Love to you my lovely friend ~ Have fun with your new gadget lol 🙂 ❤ xxx

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          • Hahaha… 🙂 Happy exploring, I am still unlocking surprises 🙂 xxx

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            • I know,there is no end with the surprises of high tech.I will try to “conquer” it lol 🙂 ڿڰۣ(̆̃̃ღ xxx

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  30. It’s nice to see you blogging again, dear Doda. Such a rich post, with so much content. Aristotle was certainly a great man.
    I love this painting (7th from the bottom). And I would gladly join you for that walk by the sea and talk philosophy with you. You wouldn’t get me on that boat though, even for the golden fleece, because of the sea sickness that I get on boats. Happy weekend, my friend. 🙂

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    • The “painting” you like is simply a quickly manipulated photo just to give it a different dimension.How nice it was I had the chance to walk with you around the big city.Thanks for joiniing me Aditi and for sending your beautiful dolphins down to the Mediterranean sea.They followed the Argo and now they are returning home.Happy Sunday dear friend 🙂 xxx

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  31. Awesome and helpful

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  32. Oh, Doda, what an amazing history filled post. How wonderfully you teach of Aristotle and Alexander the Great. That video you shared on the Argo was fascinating. How beautifully you describe the sights. Thank you for sharing this. And I do hope that you have a beautiful weekend ahead, my friend! 🙂

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    • Thank you Linda my friend!How happy I am that you enjoyed what I shared with you.Glad you enjoyed the video and that you oared with me … Sending you,Tom and your furry kids my best wishes for a lovely sunny weekend 🙂 xxx

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  33. Thank you for bringing us along and teaching us ,sharing with all about Aristoteles and your wonderful traveling. Your writing is a joy!!! Thnak you Dear Doda and have a wonderful weekend!!! Xoxox Johanna

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    • I am so happy you enjoyed my Aristotelian concept and the sighseeing around Thessaloniki,dear Johanna.It was in return for your fabulous NY posts.Happy weekend to you too,hugs to Charley 🙂 xxx

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  34. I so enjoyed this rich visit, dear Doda. What an incredible experience you shared of the World Congress and Aristotle celebration in Thessaloniki. The culture and history, mixed with the photos of current day, ancient sculptures and new ones, and your sweet gentle beckoning words to join you. I embraced your words, and the visits of the sleepy ginger and the contemplative dove. Loved your painting of the citadel, dotted with bright greens and blues, so reminiscent of Greece. I found the video entrancing. The Greek music, and the long and devoted task of building the Argo, soaking the trees to season the wood, always driving forward to the next task, and the next. Thank you for this masterpiece, dear Doda, and for sharing your memorable and unique experience. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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    • I am so happy and humbled you followed a different “safari” with me Jet Dear!I was not driving in dense forests and vast deserts like you,it was a city Peripatetic attempt like Aristotle’s School.You observed the philosophical aspects behind each image,you embarked on the Argo and strongly oared in the deep ocean.What a rewarding feeling to have you with me,my friend.And how excited I get when I read your own posts and see Aristotle’s Zoology and Botany in all your observations!He had realised like you that nature is so full,He loved and examined,exactly like you,all the sayings and the doings in nature,all the utterances,songs and cries.He could see each species in connection with their intimate world around them,high in the mountains,in savannas or in hidden glens,rivers,lakes and the oceans.You study “Geognosy” and all the zoological evolution in your travels.We know that Aristotle was the Father of Zoolozy,but there is so much more to explore until we find the Mother … And if we do,then we proceed to higher levels and other dimensions.Can’t thank you enough for the interaction we had 🙂 ※
      PS:If you want and if you have some time available,you can have a quick look to see “The real Olympias Trireme” in New York.
      Here is the link : http://www.trireme.org/.

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      • This morning I was writing my next post on hyenas, and learned that Aristotle wrote about this species too. I so enjoy your enthusiasm, dear Doda, and here, your joy of Aristotle. What an incredible thrill you must have had visiting the Aristotle World Congress. I enjoyed the links re the Olympias Trireme, too, and learning about their discovery of the ancient trireme storage sheds. Absolutely fascinating. Thanks so much, dear Doda, for opening yet another world for me. *=* ♥

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        • How interesting dear Jet!I’ll be looking forward to reading your next post and learn more about this powerful creature.There is so much behind its name and the characteristics of its appearance.Yes,it was a remarkable World Congress and the opening ceremony was really thrilling.Thank you so much for reading the link,there are some incredible details on the construction and the performace of this ancient vessel.It’s so creative that we exchange different life experiences and expand our knowledge on so many different fields.※ ♡ ♥

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  35. This is such an imaginative and pleasing manner of learning about your magnificent culture, dear Doda, and one I greatly enjoyed as we wandered together in learning. I have an arthritic hip currently, so could not do the same in actuality, though you kindly provide such a delicious and near-as-good alternative.

    As to Aristotle, then the great Persian polymath Avicenna referred to him and him alone as The Master, and of course, his thinking was later a great influence on not only Islamic, but Jewish and medieval Christian philosophy too. We all owe so much to the wider range of Greek philosophy, without which, Western philosophical development and The Enlightenment itself would surely look so very different.

    With love and very best wishes, Hariod. ❤

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    • What an honour dear Hariod to have you here and start a literally spiritual “peripatetic” journey where we don’t have to walk and deteriorate your arthritic difficulty …Let’s breathe invigorating breeze from the Thermaic Gulf and hymn the great thinkers and philosophers.It’s sort of a torch relay,once the flame was ignited it started its unending journey and afterthough is still burning.Philosophical Conferences make us ponder ancient,or contemporary philosophical thought,it’s a series of connected links,like an unbreakable chain.Islamic philosophy considered Aristotle “the wise man” and the first teacher,the Master as you said.Merely a steppingstone to validate their own claims and ideas.The differences between essence and existence still exist,the principles of Aristotelianism might be infrangible … ,I said might,not are … So many thanks for adding your own Light,other nice blogging friends added colours of life.Besides,I said come and “walk” with me around Thessaloniki,there is no need to philosophise.Everyday life and simple ordinary things are philosophy;don’t you think dear friend?Btw,there is one more “dose” of “Contentedness”,in your field,in your own Cosmos.Let me come in later on when the stars will brighten the skies.Love & best wishes back 🙂 ❤

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  36. Love those umbrellas 🙂

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    • Oh,do you my friend?Then it means you love arts,you love life in all its expressions.Arts free you from captivity,you can see part of yourself and your true sentiments in each masterpiece … Thank you for stopping by 🙂

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  37. Thank you for taking me on such a happy, interesting walk around a beautiful city. And for sharing the Chesterton quote; this really strikes a chord with me.

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    • My pleasure Su Dear!It was in return for all the lovely walks I have taken with you “Down Under … “.I am happy we revived Aristotle’s concept of the Peripatetic School,together.Chesterton’s quote is as great as Him,one of the most notable writers of the 20th century.”The Man Who Was Thursday”,filled with poetry … And You and me,”The Women Who Were Sunday” or any other Day you like … All the best to you my friend 🙂

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  38. Thank you for an inspiring and beautiful post about Aristotle, Alexander the Great and about Greece, I surely agree that would be wonderful to be there along with you! 🙂

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    • I am humbled my friend!Thanks kindly for your praiseful comment and for walking with me in the paths of history and philosophy.We revived the Aristotelic concept of the Peripatetic School.All the best to you! 🙂 ※

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  39. oh welcome back and with such a visual and poetic post! It would be wonderful to walk with you in Thessalonika or sail with you on the Argo! You always make me nostalgic for Greece. You really bring the history to life of a young Alexander taught by the most brilliant man of his time and of the ages. I love your difference between construction and creation. It also reminds me of Michelangelo who said he saw the angel in the marble and carved to set him free. blessings and wings to you dear Doda!

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    • Poor my words to respond to such a “Grand” comment,Cybele dear.I am so happy my friend that I re-connected you with Greece.Honoured you appreciated the tour around Thessaloniki from my own perspective as I wanted to celebrate the big event.UNESCO highly honoured the famous philosopher and gave us the chance to ponder contemporary philosophical thought from all over the world.Yes,Cybele,he took away the rough to reveal to the others the heavenly apparition.Great visionary artists who were “carving” themselves until they met “Perfection”.Thank you for joining my “Peripatetic” outlook in the sights of Thessaloniki .Btw,how is Fiona doing?I’ve to find out myself ….

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      • That is a wonderful tour with imagery. imagination and information, as always! Yes do pop by again for tea!! I am in the throes of writing the final bit and not sure which chapter you have yet to read- but take your time.

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        • Thank you once more Cybele Dear!Put the kettle on,I am arriving tonight.Oh,how I have missed those mist-shrouded surroundings and the exciting stories by the angry rough seas.Let your rich imagery bring out the twist in the story …

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          • kettle’s on! 🙂

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            • Coming,it’s a long way,but make sure it’ll be a long visit … 🙂 xxx

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              • any time my friend!

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                • Some come and simply leave an one sentence comment,sometimes without really reading the posts,I want to come decently as always,this is the way I want to be connected with some precious blogging friends … 🙂

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    • You are “Great”,my friend!Thank you!I do hope you get the right results from your National Elections!

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  41. So I am winding down -and this post was s perfect way to end the day – lie a breathe of fresh air – and I want to be careful with praise in comments because it sometimes can feel like too much or just blah-
    So I will just say a few things I take away right now –
    The way you brought us to the tower was writing eloquence – almost teased us from the start and then had it here and there to finally bring us there – texture and all!
    And then – the fisher men sitting – with all the boy water right – and the sail boats on the horizon photo were like resting points on the tour – they were pauses with thought provoking moods in and of themselves – but also came in at nice times – with tasty compositions – to allow us to have this splendid feel of the author and content –
    Cos you see – so many times I have had history buffs present material so neutral – and rightfully so because many times we want the past – but you were able to give us the history with the tour mode and with your voice and personality imbued – that is hard to do and it is even harder to do this well (imho) – ahhh- such a nice way to end the day and would someday like to visit here in person !
    ☀️🐬

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    • Can you see me blushing … Yvette Dear ? Why thank you my lady for such an insightful and astute comment!Your words Honoured Aristotle and me more than UNESCO.I am impressed by the way you interpreted my perspective!You did delve into each photo and every single word and you added your own bright colours.Perceptive your eye,beautiful your soul.Aristotle’s Peripatetic shool was revived here, you and I walking side by side and “enticing life” … Oh those “workshops” … Aristotle would love to see us practising his ideology.CU soon at your place 🙂 … ♥ ※

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      • Laughing at the workshops nite – yeah baby!! Ha!
        And appreciated reading your reply / and must add that I read this lots twice – I do not always login when visiting some blogs (easier to scroll for me for some reason) but it also means I cannot click like or comment (must log in for that) and so I have to come back if I really want to leave a comment – that has been a nice new MO actually – anyhow – hope you have a nice weekend – Friday is here !

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        • That sounds clever,you save up a lot of time.I am so happy to have you here with your brilliant comments and your Likes,dear Yvette!Happy weekend my friend 🙂 xxx

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  42. Doda, this is a beautiful post in every way, writing, photos, a wonderful video, and a painting too! I learned a lot, thank you. Greek philosophers were my favorite as a teenager, and they still are.

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    • I am humbed dear Hien!So many thanks for reading and appreciating what I shared with you.Your Nature related posts and your knowledge on every living being clearly show that you are influenced by many philosophical ideas and concepts.
      PS:The Citadel is not a painting.I simply manipulated the original photo I had taken.It was just a play on words.

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  43. So happy to retweet your post. I will send you some cool rain droplets. We certainly have them to spare. and long for some warm sun. Big hugs xxxxxxxxxx

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    • Shey darling,when I told you to send me some cool rain,I really meant it,but you believe it or not,hours later we had a terrible downpour which,thank God,lasted only for half an hour.It was really torrential and catastrophic,it literally came “out of the blue”.Grazy weather patterns … Thank you for being too generous with R/Ts & the rain of course lol.Mega hugs back to you 🙂 xxxxx

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      • RAIN??? Aw no. Talk about what you wish for! It is bucketing here right now. But was so warm earlier. As you say crazy xxxx

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        • Hope the rain has gone and you’ll enjoy a sunny weekend,Shey Dear.I’ll come by to check out what’s happening in your part of this world 🙂 xxx

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          • RAIN>>>>>> xxxx

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            • SUN >>>>>> xxxx 🙂

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              • More rain….AHHHHHH

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                • Hot and a heat wave on the way AHHHHHH,It will be unbearable AHHHHHH xxxxxx

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                  • Guess what? MORE RAIN xxxx My older girl is in Crete just now. Lucky her

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                    • Oh,is she?How nice,she will enjoy nice hot weather especially after Wednesday :).Lucky indeed,she is,for sure,fed up with rain and grey skies,which I ❤ though.Best to you & her,my dear Scottisn friend 🙂 ☀️☀️☀️

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                    • She is. She loves Greece. Of course we have given her plenty encouragement!

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                    • Oh,such an honour!I know that you treasure the moments you have spent in Greece.Thank you so much ❤ Hugs for the day sweet friend Shey 🙂

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                    • Your words “MORE RAIN” are sooooo refreshing as the heat wave is on the way.We will get temps up to 38° C – 40° C.Your sweet girl under the hot hot sun might miss the blessings of rain … xxxxx ❤

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        • Well our temps routinely for summer are probably below your winters. I am just glad to receive so many facebook messages from her talking about the times we took her and her sister to the back of beyond in Greece, the daft stuff they saw. Of course I say nowt re the times we went without them later on. x

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          • Which ..ahem… were the best x Greece will always be my special place xx

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          • That’s what I like in the UK and especially in Scotland,to tremble with cold while Greece has sizzling hot days and I am away … Oh,those back and beyond places,in every country,they are so quiet and you really relax being away from big cities and places of interest that we usually visit.Nothing is daft,we can gain from all experiences and learn to compare things.I remember you telling me about those places in another interaction we had when we first met on WP.It’s really nice to receive those FB messages from her right now … They stir up nice memories … I do hope she will enjoy her stay in Crete and will come back happy 🙂 ♥ ♥ ※

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            • I am sure she will love Crete. She seems to be anyway. Raining here Again today. You would be trembling with cold if you were here my darling. I also remember when we first met you telling me how you had been in Scotland. xxxx

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              • I am so happy to hear that she seems to enjoy her stay in Crete.Yes,you very well remember that my family and I love the rain and Bonnie Scotland for many many reasons.If we ever meet,you’ll see why 🙂 ❤ xxx

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                • You see it makes us kindred souls x

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                  • You couldn’t have expressed it in a better way.It’s absolutely grand my Scottish Lady 🙂 xxx
                    Did you notice my celebrations and my morning songs …?

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                    • My darling I did. I loved your songs. They were the best xxxxxxxxxxx

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                    • I’ll sing more songs when they arrive … Till then,hot hot hugs and tomorrow I’ll send you sea hugs as we are driving to our seaside house in Peloponnese to beat the heat wave.Stay cool 🙂 xxxxx

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                    • AW…so happy for you. I hope you will blog about it. We are having no bother staying cool despite being promised yesterday would be the hottest day of the year… All I can say is the rest must have been blowing an Arctic gale. Many happy songs to you on your travels xxx

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                    • A little bird told me you got some sunshine today and that the winds were gentle to you 🙂 I’ve so many posts to share with you but little time.Here is a photo I took outside our seaside house last year,I’ve many fresh ones,but they are still on my smartphone.

                      Beating the Heat Waves in Crystal Clear Waters ...

                      Sending it to you along with hugs and some zephyr breeze 🙂 xxx

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                • Breathtaking. I always loved the colour of your sea. Crystal clear. Now I just want more piccies! We have sun right now. OF course one should not complain but I have to food shoo and work…… Naturally it will be raining tomorrow when I don’t. xxxxxxxxxxx

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                  • Then,here is one for you.sweetie!I took it in Cyprus during our Easter holidays :

                    The Story of Aphrodite's Rock ...

                    Sorry I didn’t reply earlier,but the Brexit vs Bre-main historical moment took up most of my time … Now,one half is celebrating and the other half is crying …. Split … ? My kindest thoughts to you my lovely Scottish Lady 🙂 CU ❤ xxx

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                  • My darling, don’t worry. This is lovely enough–as you are– to make up. Yes well, Scotland of course should now have the mandate to ask for a second indy ref since Scotland overwhelmingly voted stay and England voted out.

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                    • This campaign has been an absolute shocker from start to finish to be honest. I have never seen tactics like it

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                    • I couldn’t agree more dear Shey.
                      All was very superficially tackled from the beginning,
                      and the news came to us like a bolt from the blue … 😦 Hard to digest what happened 😦

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                    • 2016 summer in the “UK ?” or in England won’t be as calm as it was the past years … Scottish people are absolutely right … Let’s hope that something can be arranged and all will be sorted out without splitting up the UK … 😦 But those things don’t happen overnight,it’ll take months or years … I am upset as balances are disturbed worldwide …

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                  • Things don’t happen overnight,. All was shocklngly tackled from the start. Such a big decision was used as a football when the facts should have been clearly put before the people and these idiot politicians should have stepped back. Still if we get independence from it I will be a happy rabbit. xx

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                    • I think they purposefully didn’t put clearly all the details before the people.You do merit independence now,you were cheated in a way.Sad,really sad situation my sweet Scottish friend Shey,but I want you,your family and the dudes to be “happy rabbits …”.Politicians are meant to help people not to cause chaos and uncertainties xxxxx

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  44. I watched the video with tears… How unbelievably beautiful and magnificent! What an enormous task to building it, rowing through the sea with the background of the sunset. It’s so moving… Thank you so much for the link!

    I appreciate you take time and effort to give us a tour with your beautiful photos and historical information. It’s an educational tour, Indeed!

    Did you paint the the Citadel? Wow!! I didn’t know you paint. So beautifully done. Thank you for sharing. 🙂 ❤ xxx

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    • Thank you Amy Dear!I knew you would appreciate it,it’s really thrilling.Have a look at this link to see Trireme in New York :

      http://www.trireme.org/.

      UNESCO General Conference proclaimed 2016 the Aristotle Anniversary Year.The decision was taken during the 38th session of the Conference, which was held in Paris and Thessaloniki,our co-capital,hosted the “World Congress on Aristotle: 2400 years” organized by the Interdisciplinary Center for Aristotles studies of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.As you can understand I wanted to share the big event with you and also to walk with you around the city.Thank you for your rich and praiseful comment,I am honoured.

      As for the Citadel;no,I didnt paint it,I simply manipulated the orginal photo I had taken;it was a play on words.Imagine how it would show if I could employ your fabulous techiques.Thanks from the bottom of my heart for your generous feedback and for honouring the big thinker 🙂 ……♥♥ ※

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      • This is a beautiful post with great info you share with us! It must take so much of your time… 🙂 ❤ xxx

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        • Thank you Amy Dear!I wouldn’t say so,but I hadn’t finished caching up,and I postponed it.When we came back from Thessaloniki I did it very quickly.I had already posted some pics on F… from Thessaloniki.There is some more catching up I have to do,but the situation is quite controllable right now.Enjoy your break,I’ll miss you.Take care 🙂 ❤ xxx

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  45. Excellent.

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    • Can’t thank you enough for stopping by and reading!

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  46. Oh! Oh! Those were beautiful walks around Tessaloniki! Reminding me of all the great Greek philosophers who have always fascinated me since I first learned about them in my youth. Sailing on the Argo must have been magnificent!! And I love your painting of the Citadel…a wonderful post. Thank you Doda ❤

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    • Yes,I revived the Aristotelic concept of the Peripatetic school.
      I know that in almost all schools and universities worldwide the classics are extensively taught.Indeed,timeless and most influential works.UNESCO highly honoured Aristotle and gave us the chance to ponder contemporary philosophical thought from all over the world.As for the Citadel,it is not a painting,it’s an ordinary manipulated photo,it was a play on words as it was quite painterly after the editing.Many thanks for visiting dear Tiny.A big bear hug to Dylan 🙂 ♥ ※

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      • Oh you fooled me with the “photo painting” 😀 It is really good. Dylan says so too and thanks for the hug ❤

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        • My pleasure,Dylan loves to be loved 🙂 hugs back to you dear Tiny 🙂 ❤ xxx

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  47. Thanks for this tour. Some marvellous photos of beautiful scenery.

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    • Thank you for what you have observed;I so much enjoyed your Sydney phantasmagorical photos and especially the Cathedral of Light.

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  48. Marvelous coming together of images and eclectic tour. Thanks.

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    • I ,too,have to thank you Sally.Your visit is much appreciated,I am honoured.

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  49. Nice wide shots, I like the umbrella piece.

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  50. ‘Tired your mind, your eyes…’ but you gave us this wonderful post. A visual feast laced with beautiful language. You so bring your lovely country to live, even on a rainy day here . Thank you, you really are special you know. xxxxxxxxxxxx

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    • Thank you my lovely Scottish friend!Please send me some cool rain droplets and I’ll send you bunches of warm sun rays,for,you are special too.Warm hugs of friendship to the dudes:) ☀️☀️☀️

      PS:Many thanks for the R/Ts 🙂 xxxx

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    • Just checking out that my WP blog is still active … Hope they won’t kick me out … 🙂 Soon I’ll post at least a photo to help the situation … ❤

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