"business suspended"...

"business suspended"...

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alexander stefanatos

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"business suspended"...

Greece Delphi
Delphi. The Appollo sanctuary The Omphalus of Earth.
But, today, seeing this photo, let's not recall moments of glory. Let's not contemplate on a thriving history of more than eight centuries(from 586BC to 390AC) when it was respected even by the most atrocious enemies that came to kneel with their tresors in front of the Pythia and wait of her oracle.
Today, let's recall the period of decline and concentrate on the morbid moment when, after the order of Byzantine emperor Theodosius issued in 390AC, the last and most unfortunate priest walked out, closed the door behind his back for ever putting a label on it "Sorry, business suspended for indefinite period"... A legendary era of eight centuries came to an end..
A tragic moment indeed that many historians, poets, musicians, painters revived through their art.
The unavoidable decline and collapse of a very intellegently settled business, stated the coolest and less sensitive historians.
The victory and supremacy of Christianity and of real faith upon Paganism and Dodecatheism claims the Clergy, as representatives of God on earth.
Take whatever you want. I would call it a very succesful merge and exploitation of religious mysticism and of political expediency.

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  • Janos Gardonyi 20/04/2015 4:03

    great shot, Alex! janos
  • Lawson McCulloch 30/07/2014 21:17

    Your fine image makes me want to go back in time Alexander.
    best wishes,
  • SINA 30/07/2014 6:18

    GROSSARTIG und beeindruckend Alexander
    herzliche Grüße
    von Sina
  • Tania Skaradek 28/07/2014 13:40

    You're right in your note, Alexander!
    Periods of prosperity and collapse alternate consistently in the development of any Society. And not always the memory of this is preserves for centuries ... as memory of this famous temple.
    Great picture!
  • Harold Thompson 28/07/2014 8:55

    Good view of what waas once a historic place showing well its size
    :-)) Harold
  • TeresaM 27/07/2014 22:31

    Fabuleuse plongée sur ce théâtre grec !!!
    Une excellente et belle idée de présentation en monochrome.
  • Adele Oliver 27/07/2014 22:01

    a splendid site .... still .... and what a combination of architecture, craftsmanship and history, one must look at it in awe !!!!
    greetings, Adele
  • Gerhard Meyer1 27/07/2014 21:36


  • Sue Thompson 27/07/2014 15:33

    Great empitres rise and then they fall, even the religious ones. But who is to say that any one of the religions are the tru ones, surely God is God which ever name we choose to call him.
    An excellent overview of this ancient amphitheatre.

  • Tassos Kitsakis 27/07/2014 14:15

    And still blows the breath of eternity over the sanctuary.
    Geia sou


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