Kerameikos Cemetery Reliefs

Photo I:

A relief of the deceased girl Korallion, shown seated, holding out her hand to her husband. Grave enclosure of the Herakleotai, Street of the Tombs.

Ca. 350 B.C.

Photo II:

A relief of the deceased girl Eukoline, shown with her parents, her grandmother and her dog. Found near the Sacred Way.

Ca. 350 B.C.

Photo III:

Grave relief of Demetria and Pamphile.

The inscription beneath the pediment gives the names of the two dead sisters.

The women, remote and isolated, gaze apathetically at the spectator. They are already in another, transcendental world, far from the things of this life. The pilasters of the naiskos have been restored. It is one of the last tomb stones made before the law passed by Demetrios of Phaleron prohibiting the erection of luxurious tomb monuments.

Ca. 325-310 BC.

I was very impressed with the ancient cemetery site of Kerameikos in Athens today.

The small museum is excellent and I found the “handshake” reliefs from the cemetery particularly moving. They show the deceased, usually seated, bidding farewell to the living.

Arrived in Athens for a five day stay. In quite a ‘budget’ area but found a little cafe down an arcade that served some great fried seafood dishes and wine at €5 a litre :)

Really enjoyed England vs Wales 🏉 today. Result for England was just about deserved, Jonny May was superb, but weather was atrocious!

Match ended Italy 15-46 England - Italy deserved probably deserved more, played well, but very happy with England’s performance, the win and the bonus point! Exeter players impressive at the end. Looking forward to next week’s games. 🏉

Italy vs England in the Six Nations for the final match of the weekend. I’d love to be in Rome watching the game … 🏉

France vs Ireland - great French defence, outstanding French try, game won for Ireland by Johnny Sexton. Brilliant drop goal from a long way out in poor conditions. Dramatic finish! 🏉