The place which launched 1000 ships

Heheh. A little spin with the title of this post (here). Now we all know of the face that launched a thousand ships. But do you know of the place that initiated this? Who was the mastermind that managed to convinced, cajoled or threathened the ancient greeks into amassing an armada to sail across the Aegean?

Today’s post is not about the fight at Troy, since the movie would have told you an abbreviated and sensationalized version of history.

We want to show you what remains of the place from which a man exuded his influence and power to command such an effort. And this place is Mycenea. Today if you visit the city you will might need an umbrella. For when we went there were literally no shade worthy of name on the plateau of an ancient city. And the blazing sun might turn you into a sundried piece of tomato if you are not careful. Sunscreen recommended.

But probably that’s because we were there in August (yeah) during high summer. Serve us right. Right? We had blazed across from Athens (here) and the stop here was however brief… for we were on an olympian quest to get to the site of the original games. One so important to the ancient greeks that war could be put on hold for it!

Unfortunately there weren’t any nymphs to light the torch for us while we were there, though we did march into the stadium in style. Did you know how the greeks raced with it came to track and field? Care to guess? Or you would read up for the answer in the link here.

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

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