Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 1616 fighting the Titans – the myths come alive excitingly – yet the style is almost Egyptian. We move on as the Greek’s discover anatomy and position the body realistically. The tour culminates four generations later, with the Charioteer, the winner of a chariot race taking his victory lap. Greek sculpture had conquered the technical problem of realistic depction and gone beyond to focus on artistic impression. The Charioteer is the perfect “Apollonian” man – calm, poised, logical, proper – and he embodies grace. Outside, beneath the steep cliffs of Delfi, olive trees as old as 2000 years and numbering perhaps in the millions stretched out all the way to the sea. We had two fine dinners gazing at this vista (hearing the story of the serpent pillar of Plateaia) and then drove off through the olive trees to Olympia. At one point, our road is crossed a modern aqueduct –built with MacArthur moneys – channeling cool waters from Western mountain tops over 200 miles to Athens by gravity alone. We learned that olives only grow on younger branches, so olive farmers cut off branches every year leaving thick trunks with a few short spiky branches on top, and we stopped for photos in the silvery light as we left the region. JULY 08, 2010 MINI-TOUR OF GREECE: OLYMPIA by Russ Olympia is on the west coast of Greece favored by plentiful water and flat land. The rocky east side was so inhospitable that the major cities there such as Athens, Sparta, Corinth, and Argos quickly developed seamanship and trade and exchange of knowledge with the advanced Eastern civilizations. The green western part was quiet farming territory – and the best place for holding the ancient Olympic games. Every four years, the Greeks would stop fighting for three months so their athletes could compete. We saw the stadium, laid out in a green lawn bowl where spec- tators could sit. The field was a straight track rather than today’s oval. We stood on the marble line from which jumping and running were started. Carter and Katherine tried both events! The museum in Olympia has an extraordinarily well preserved pediment from the Temple of Zeus – our favorite was the scene of centaurs invading a wedding ceremony. This was also a beautiful location for extended pool time as you can see. There was a superb bookstore in town where we found a book on trade economics in the ancient world. Driving to our next destina- tion, we noticed how Greek households get hot water without electricity, using rooftop passive water heaters. The rest of the road ran over high mountains and we were treated to a seemingly Olympian view coming down into the valley toward Micanae, Nafplio and Argos – you can see in the next post.