Paestum

Paestum was a bit of a drive this morning, but worth it to see the three Greek temples there.  The first one we stopped at was the Temple of Athena, followed by the ecclesiastrion (the round civic/political meeting space).  We then saw the Temple of Hera, which it turns out was used as a set in Harryhausen’s Jason & the Argonauts!  Very cool!  We then saw the very large Temple of Poseidon (which may or may not have been dedicated to Poseidon), built around the same time as the Parthenon in Athens.  We also saw the Roman forum, the perfumery (Paestum was famous for its roses), a possible pool, and the heroon (the tomb of the city founder).

Inside the museum, we saw the metopes from another nearby temple (including one depicting Hercules & the Cercopes, as well as an entertaining tortoise-rider), and then the Tomb of the Diver and some Lucanian tomb paintings.

Back at the Villa, we had some relax time before dinner, which consisted of rice with mushrooms (which I removed), steak rolled with spinach and cheese, and a cake with fruit.

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About saholc

Latin Teacher at The Hill School Atlanta Braves & US Soccer Fan
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