Friday, October 16, 2009

Ancient Benches

This week I post benches that are definitely not Norwegian and may well be (at least some of them) very old. We are at the Acropolis of Rhodos (Rhodes) in Greece. This area consists of several buildings and constructions that date to the Hellenistic and Late Hellenistic periods (3rd-2nd c. BC). However, there have been large excavations and rather heavy reconstructions.

Above you see an Odeion.

It held some 800 spectators and is thought to have been used either for musical events or for attending lessons in rhetoric given by famous Rhodian orators.


If you doubt that they sat on benches - look below. The picture was taken half-way up the left-hand stairs.

Right adjacent to the Odeion there was a Stadium.

The Stadium, with a N-S orientation, is on the SE side of the hill; it was excavated and restored by the Italians. It was one stadion in length, namely 600 feet or 210 metres. The authentic original surviving parts are the sphendone (rounded end with turning post), proedries (seats of officials) and some of the lower seats in the auditorium. Also preserved is the starting mechanism for the athletes.
And of course - the spectators had to sit on something...

32 comments:

webruci said...

hello my friend!
It was worth to stay awake until this time. You gived to me a real history class:-)

Ancient Greece is amazing.
Great shots, and good hot weather:-)

Ha en fin dag.

imac said...

I'll bring a cushion with me.lol.
Grand old benches Rune.

James said...

Now those are some really old benches. I wonder if the people brought their own pillows and cushions to sit on.
It's interesting to see such ancient seating.

Dimple said...

They may be ancient, but they could be in any sporting arena. Those who build stadiums today certainly don't need to re-invent the bench!

PERBS said...

Definitely long rows of benches. Good for watching something but nothing to lean on to enjoy it. It is interesting that they restored them.

Hope you are enjoying your vacation! Stay safe and take lots of photos to share!

My bench for Friday is up -- drop by to see some really neat benches I found this past week.

swapnap said...

Love your pictures for the mix of old earthy feel to the blueness of the sky and the green-ness of the trees.

Amazing to read on the Odeion.Thanks for sharing.

Tom said...

Hi Rune
Well these I think 'will' be the oldest we see today...and mybe ever... well captured... I was trying to think of anything as old in England.. I can only think of our good friend IMac... he getting on a bit you know. ;o)

I will post mine shortly....
Tom

sixstars said...

Interesting to see the historic benches.

AVCr8teur said...

We don't make them like they used to. After all these centuries, the benches still look they are in good shape.

Vaggelis said...

Greece and also Italy are full of those incredible ancient contractions. excellent captures

Arya said...

Flott historie-time, Rune! Og flotte bilder!

ChrisJ said...

My husband and son have been there. The acoustics are supposed to be fabulous!

Anne said...

Ååå så flott Rune, godt du kommer med fine bilder og en opplysende historie her, for den dagen jeg vandret der var det bare SÅ!!!! varmt at jeg hadde ikke tanke for noe annet enn vann..., og nå du siiter en her med det!!! regnet du...

Dine to midterste bilder her var jo bare så spektakulære flotte da, skikelig kuulll....

...og du, benkene mine er klare, ta en titt ;-)

Dina said...

Love the oldness of your benches today. And thanks for the new words. Today is Dictionary Day, the birthday of Noah Webster.
I especially needed your word odeion because one seems to be taking shape (although in a covered version) at the university, and I had no idea what to call it.
My post today has a shining example of a modern artistic bench. :)

Jeni said...

Thank you so much for allowing me to tag along on your visit to the Acropolis! A sight I will definitely never see in person but this puts me pretty darned near there. Love the pictures, as usual!

Anne-Berit said...

Flott innlegg,Rune.Mye historie i de "benkene".God helg.

PS:Mine is up!

Heges fotoblogg said...

Jammen måtte de ha noe å sitte på i gamle dager også. Mye historie i bildene dine i dag!

Gallow said...

They remind me of the benches that I saw at the Colosseum in Rome. There are only a few left (or restored). Most are missing.

Great photo, and thank you for sharing.

Tunes Photo said...

Ja disse benkene har du lov å kalle ancient. Det er vel her ordet antikk stammer fra også.

Barbara Martin said...

These are perfect benches for the times as they last over the ages with a bit of restoration. The history behind them is great too. Thanks, RuneE. Enjoy your vacation and be safe.

My bench is up a wee bit late today.

James said...

Hello again Rune. My ghostly bench is up at my newtown blog. :)

http://newtowndailyphoto.blogspot.com/2009/10/cemetery-reflection-weekend-reflections.html

Reader Wil said...

Hi Rune! These seats are very well built. In some of these stadions the acoustics are perfect. At least in Greece they were.
My benches are very modest ones this week. Have a nice weekend!

Carolyn Ford said...

I found your Benches Meme through James' Newton Blog. I am happy to have found it. Thank you James for mentioning it in your "reflections" post today.

My little rustic bench can be found at:

http://carolyn1209.blogspot.com/2009/10/benches-oak-glen-california.html

Sylvia said...

It's very well preserved. I've seen some before, but not in such condition. Except for Merida.

Lene said...

Ahhh, så flott det var der! Jeg var på Rhodos for mange år siden, men jeg tok jo aldri turen dit. Kan du skjønne...? Ingen fare for at der ikke skulle være sitteplasser nok iallefall :)

Seint ute, jeg, og ikke like mange sitteplasser hos meg - men nå er der dog en benk hos meg og ;)

Ha en god helg :)

nonizamboni said...

Thanks for these generous glimpses into antiquity.
I've posted a more 'modern' bench this week @ http://nonizamboniblue.blogspot.com/2009/10/that-was-week-that-was.html
Happy weekend, Rune!

Gärdsmygen said...

Det här var spännande! Många sittplatser visar du. Är det bara att hoppa in i denna utmaning? Jag har i alla fall en bänk hos mej.

John said...

I bilde nummer 3 har du virkelig fått til en utrolig flott dybde.

Dagrun said...

Å så flotte bilder. Jeg har vært i Roma og sett lignende benker, men ikke her nei.

Ha en flott helg, Rune:)

Rune (Bildebloggen) said...

Du verden for en artig plass og fine bilder, kan tenke meg det der var en fin oppplevelse i seg selv å beskue. Ha en flott helg Rune!

Lew said...

Great old benches in the Greek stadium! And some blue skies too.

GMG said...

Wonderful shots!!