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blopez34

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What can I do at the cyclopean walls site? Does anyone know if there are tour guides? I would love to learn more about the walls from an expert
 

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The most famous examples of Cyclopean masonry are found in the walls of Mycenae and Tiryns! You should definitely visit
 
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Fun fact - these walls got their name in Ancient Greeks because some believed that the "Cyclops" (the one-eyed giants from Greek mythology) built them. Regardless of who you believe built them, they really are interesting to visit.
 

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The most famous examples of Cyclopean masonry are found in the walls of Mycenae and Tiryns! You should definitely visit
I agree. However, I think that this type of masonry (now also called Megalithic) was misnamed, because the wall that a cyclope, Polyphemus (in the Odyssey) built consisted of accumulated stones between trees. (This is intercalary m., which we evince as the walls between some columns of temples, while other columns are "free-standing". // Megalithic masonry is found also and in Italy and on the American continent (Peru`, etc.) Examples in southern Italy: Alatri, where some stones have carved words that use classical Greek and Etruscan alphabetical letters; Campana (in Calabria, near my native town), which contains the megalithic statue of an elephant. // I think megalithic constructions are prehistoric, from an era before our B.C. era. {We need a new "androgony".}
 

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I agree. However, I think that this type of masonry (now also called Megalithic) was misnamed, because the wall that a cyclope, Polyphemus (in the Odyssey) built consisted of accumulated stones between trees. (This is intercalary m., which we evince as the walls between some columns of temples, while other columns are "free-standing". // Megalithic masonry is found also and in Italy and on the American continent (Peru`, etc.) Examples in southern Italy: Alatri, where some stones have carved words that use classical Greek and Etruscan alphabetical letters; Campana (in Calabria, near my native town), which contains the megalithic statue of an elephant. // I think megalithic constructions are prehistoric, from an era before our B.C. era. {We need a new "androgony".}
Wow so interesting! How do you know all of this?
 

amygdalE

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Wow so interesting! How do you know all of this?
Long ago, while still in high school, I read and analyzed the Odyssey in translation. After reading a book about Odysseus' homecoming journey, I prepared an article, which I still have, on the same subject but, as I think, with a more accurate geography, and I identified Cephallonia/Kephalonia as his homeland -- which I mentioned to a Greek colleague of mine in a Staten Island, NY, college. // One among my many private studies has been anthropology, especially cultural, and now I have come to the point where I see the need of a new/adequate Androgony or Anthropogony -- words I coin after Hesiod's Theogony [Theogoneia], wherefore they mean "the generation or genealogy of men" . It has to include the Age of megaliths, which exist in Greece, Italy, Peru`, Japan, etc.
Cheers. // I see a thread about Mount Ainos in Kefalonia... Is the mount frightening?? [I'll look for pictures] Do you have any idea as to when it was named thus? What does it mean to the Kefalonians?


=Wow so interesting! How do you know all of this?
 
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Long ago, while still in high school, I read and analyzed the Odyssey in translation. After reading a book about Odysseus' homecoming journey, I prepared an article, which I still have, on the same subject but, as I think, with a more accurate geography, and I identified Cephallonia/Kephalonia as his homeland -- which I mentioned to a Greek colleague of mine in a Staten Island, NY, college. // One among my many private studies has been anthropology, especially cultural, and now I have come to the point where I see the need of a new/adequate Androgony or Anthropogony -- words I coin after Hesiod's Theogony [Theogoneia], wherefore they mean "the generation or genealogy of men" . It has to include the Age of megaliths, which exist in Greece, Italy, Peru`, Japan, etc.
Cheers.
That’s amazing, do you feel like cultural anthropology does an accurate representation of other cultures? I’ve heard a lot of debate
 

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That’s amazing, do you feel like cultural anthropology does an accurate representation of other cultures? I’ve heard a lot of debate
As you know, what we call "anthropology" (rather than Philosophy of man) was originally concerned with primitive cultures. Unfortunately, I have not checked lately whether an anthropology book or encyclopaedia deals with all world cultures, or, to be sure, whether it contains a a satisfactory anthropogony; I have been busy doing etymologies of indo-european and some other languages. My yesterday finding: "Ainu", the name of one aboriginal Japanese people (before hybridations with the Chinese), is likely based on the classical Greek word "Ainos", which means "terrible, frightening" according to the Bailly grec-francais dictionnaire. (A lady has written an article with correspondances between Jap. and Greek words.) These are new works in cultural anthropology. //Interested?Search, as the URL does not work:
Japanese Concordances with Indo-European (IE) Languages-Knosos
 
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As you know, what we call "anthropology" (rather than Philosophy of man) was originally concerned with primitive cultures. Unfortunately, I have not checked lately whether an anthropology book or encyclopaedia deals with all world cultures, or, to be sure, whether it contains a a satisfactory anthropogony; I have been busy doing etymologies of indo-european and some other languages. My yesterday finding: "Ainu", the name of one aboriginal Japanese people (before hybridations with the Chinese), is likely based on the classical Greek word "Ainos", which means "terrible, frightening" according to the Bailly grec-francais dictionnaire. (A lady has written an article with correspondances between Jap. and Greek words.) These are new works in cultural anthropology. //Interested?Search, as the URL does not work:
Japanese Concordances with Indo-European (IE) Languages-Knosos
Hmmm...that was the debate I've come across, about anthropology focusing on "primitive cultures" and how its a negative perspective. I never expected that a Japanese word could have Greek origins, I am shocked. Thanks
 

The island of Kefalonia just published brand new tourism videos!

These official videos have just come out and they're stunning. There's a few different ones, this one focuses on food and gastronomy but there are others such as Destinations, Nature etc. The quality of these videos is so amazing and I am sure that it is going to attract very many tourists. I am even considering visiting the island myself even though I never had it on my list. I am so excited to see what else they come out with!

Ammes beach is one of the best beaches on Kefalonia

Ammes beach is in the Svoronata area which is very close to the airport. Its about 10 km southwest of Argostoli and one of the best beaches on the island! It's a pretty low-key beach with some great organized lounge chairs but as with most beaches in Greece, you can find a public spot where you can swim with ease and free of charge. The beach is super sandy and the waters are very clear. I highly recommend it!

Have you been to the Monastery of Themata in Kefalonia?

This monastery is one of the oldest landmarks on the island. I was so shocked to find out that it was originally built in 1096. It has been restored over time, of course, but much of the monastery remains in good condition. The name behind the monastery is debated, and its true origin is actually unknown. I've never been, but I have been doing a little bit of research about the monastery and I'm considering a visit when I go to Kefalonia this year. Has anyone on the forum been to the monastery or perhaps the nearby area of Agia Dinati Mountain?

Check out Agia Efimia, Kefalonia

Agia Efimia is a small village on the coast of Kefalonia with amazing beaches and restaurants and hotels. One of the most highly rated restaurants in the village is To Steki, which means "the hangout." The food is so fresh and I highly recommend that you visit after spending some time at the beach :)

Single travellers

I am arriving in Argostoli at the end of May. I am a single traveller, dont drive, quite elderly! Anyone have suggestions re trips/excursions? (Am a seasoned visitor to the island).
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