Trip to Greece 2002
You can see that the first is the earliest - an archaic 'kore' (young woman) from the Acropolis museum in Athens. The second is the bronze Zeus (or Poseidon) of Artemisium, now in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens and the third is Hermes from Olympia, holding the infant Dionysus .
The group visited some prehistoric sites to see the buildings and artefacts associated with Homer's stories of Troy.
This is the Lion Gate at Mycenae - notice the huge lintel stone with carvings of lions rearing up towards the centre.
The top of the citadel at Mycenae! This is where king Agamemnon, the leader of the Greek expedition to Troy, is supposed to have lived.
The so-called Treasury of Atreus (the father of Agamemnon), which is really a 'beehive' tomb.
This is a bath in the citadel at Pylos, where old Nestor is supposed to have lived. It is the first time that we have included this site in a Classics Dept trip, and it was very worthwhile even though access to parts of the site was restricted.
This is the Acropolis in Athens, taken from the Hephaistion, or temple of Hephaistos. You can see how the ancient citadel rises from the modern city.
Now we are looking down from the Acropolis and can see the Hephaistion in front of the modern city.
This is the front of the Parthenon, the temple to Athene Parthenos (Athena the Maiden). From this angle you can see how the pillars slope inwards to give the illusion that they are perpendicular when seen from a distance.
This porch on the Erechtheum (in honour of the mythical founder of Athens, Erechtheus) has pillars in the form of young girls : pillars of this kind are called Caryatids.
The trip was a huge success and we are grateful to Mrs Beech for all her meticulous planning and enthusiasm.