Forgotten all but for Homer
Trip Start May 22, 2009
197Trip End Feb 16, 2010
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Historically, the town was destroyed in 740BC when they joined in the war against the Spartans. Neighboring Argos didn’t like that too much and destroyed the city leaving the residents to disperse.
Not completely abandoned until now, there is evidence of Roman occupation with the addition of baths, and Italian War troops stationed machine guns on the hillside during WWII. But still! 740BC, and here it is on a hillside waiting for us to climb around it.
This amazing rock structure towers over the water. As if the rock was pushed up and up and erupted forth by some unseen plunger below. Then just begged you to climb them!
Hiking up and around we followed ancient narrow roadways and up old footing of grand staircases to find what remains of buildings erected in the Hellenistic period.
Brian was in his hey-day climbing over rocks, jumping into holes, poking here and there -
For the late afternoon, we clambered up to the top of the rocks for a commanding view of the surrounding water and watched the sun set while drinking really bad Retsina. Interesting enough to try, but has quite a kick. Not recommended for climbing down the rocks in the dark…