Acropolis of Athens
The Acropolis of Athens is an ancient citadel on a rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon.
Although the term acropolis is generic and there are many other Acropolis in Greece, the significance of the Acropolis of Athens is commonly known as “The Acropolis” without qualification.
While there is evidence that the hill was inhabited as far back as the fourth millennium BC, it was Pericles (c. 495 – 429 BC) in the fifth century BC who coordinated the construction of the site’s most important present remains including the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike.
The Parthenon and the other buildings were damaged seriously during the 1687 siege by the Venetians during the Morean War when gunpowder being stored in the Parthenon was hit by a cannonball and exploded. (Source: Wikipedia)
LAST WEEK’S POLLS
Yes and I have a library 50% (11 votes)
Yes 31.82% (7 votes)
Total Votes: 22
I want to see the play 33.33% (6 votes)
I’ve seen the play 27.78% (5 votes)
I’ve seen the play and want to see it again 27.78% (5 votes)
I’m not interested in seeing this particular play 11.11% (2 votes)
I’m not interesting in seeing this or any play 0% (0 votes)
Yes 87.5% (14 votes)
No 12.5% (2 votes)
Total Votes: 16
have bike lanes 35.29% (6 votes)
Currently hasn’t done or said anything about bike lanes 35.29% (6 votes)
Is in the process of creating bike lanes 29.41% (5 votes)
Yes 76.47% (13 votes)
No 23.53% (4 votes)
Total Votes: 17
No 93.75% (15 votes)
I sent messages 6.25% (1 votes)
I posted a warning 0% (0 votes)
I received a number of such FB messages 0% (0 votes)
BOOK OF THE WEEK
I mentioned this book around the middle of 2016, but as I was reviewing the notes I made in this book; I thought it was worth mentioning again. And as with most of the books I recommend, it is an easy read.
More and more in the news today, we are hearing about phenomenal advances in the “fight against aging.” But what Rosenblatt suggests to combat age is far more valuable than any scientific breakthrough-he breaks down the hardest part of aging, the mental anguish of growing older with fifty-four gems of funny, brilliant, wise, indispensable advice. (Source: Amazon)
MOVIE OF THE WEEK
I’ve seen this movie in the past, but decided to watch it again on the plane to Greece and I found it so funny that I just had to make it the Movie of the Week.
Central Intelligence is a 2016 American action comedy film. The film stars Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson as two old high school friends who go on the run after one of them joins the CIA in order to save the world from a terrorist who has an intention to sell satellite codes. (Source: Wikipedia)
MUSIC OF THE WEEK
Although the Acropolis was built in ancient times, the theater there is still being used by performers today.
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
By Sting at the Acropolis
ART OF THE WEEK
Lego Representation of the Acropolis
EXTRAORDINARY PERSON OF THE WEEK
Aristotle (384 to 322 BC)
Aristotle (384–322 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher and scientist born in Classical Greece. Along with Plato, Aristotle is considered the “Father of Western Philosophy”.
At seventeen or eighteen years of age, he joined Plato’s Academy in Athens and remained there until the age of thirty-seven. His writings cover many subjects – including physics, biology, zoology, metaphysics, logic, ethics, aesthetics, poetry, theatre, music, rhetoric, psychology, linguistics, economics, politics and government – and constitute the first comprehensive system of Western philosophy.
Shortly after Plato died, Aristotle left Athens and, at the request of Philip II of Macedon, tutored Alexander the Great. Teaching Alexander gave Aristotle many opportunities. He established a library in the Lyceum which helped him to produce many of his hundreds of books, which were papyrus scrolls.
Aristotle’s views on physical science profoundly shaped medieval scholarship. Their influence extended from Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages into the Renaissance. His works contain the earliest known formal study of logic, studied by medieval scholars.
Aristotelianism profoundly influenced Islamic thought during the Middle Ages, as well as Christian theology, especially the Neoplatonism of the Early Church and the scholastic tradition of the Catholic Church. Aristotle was revered among medieval Muslim scholars as “The First Teacher”. (Source: Wikipedia)
THIS WEEK’S JOKE
This joke is dedicated to all the students out there.
Here are some signs of a bad conversationalist.
1. Have respect for the other speaker and don’t cut them off with words like, “yes I know it already”.
2. Speak a lot (or only) about yourself.
3. Interrupt without listening to the end. T
4. Arrogance, in that you feel you are above the other person in position or experience.
5. Superficial communication by inserting something your own, often not even on the subject, but just a “thought jumped out”.
6. Pretend to be listening, but really thinking of what you are going to say in return.
7. Too short answers in response to questions like, “What’s new with you?” The other party may think you just aren’t interesting in having a conversation.
(Source: Julia, paraphrased by me)
Do You Remember Those Story Problems!
Warning: This book will not change your life, only you can do that.