Learning in Greece
This is a project blog communicating with students about my trip.
Janice Friesen
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Austin, TX

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Ancient Greek Architecture
By Janice Friesen    July 5, 2007 -- 05:36 AM

This is a topic that I will be coming back to often. Today will just be a start.  I hope you will send me questions.  As I go to different sites I plan to take pictures and to put more information here.

The most striking thing about Corinth is the columns on what archaeologists call the Temple of Apollo.  There are seven large columns left standing. Often columns were made in stackable pieces.  But the strange thing about these columns is that they are all made of one piece.  They are about 8 meters high and weigh around 9 tons.  How do you think that the Greeks got the columns to stand where they are now?  How did they move them without modern machinery? Most columns were not monolithic (made of one piece of stone), but were made in drums that could roll and be placed one on top of the other.

Check out this web site on Greek Temple Construction

Or this one on Greek History for Kids

This temple was one of the first ones that they figured out how to put a roof onto.  The roof tiles were huge and heavy.  They balanced on the tops of the columns.  These are doric columns.  They are plain on the top and bottom and fluted all of the way up and down.    

A year ago I wrote in my blog about Dig Dog, Norma, who helped out at the excavations and about Melos, the gentle watch dog.  Well over the year Norma had a litter of puppies and now there are two Jack Russells running around.  Charlie is Norma’s baby.  They look alike, but Charlie definitely moves faster.

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By Ion      July 6, 2007 -- 10:18 AM
Dear Janice,

Thank you for starting this conversation topic! I shall read it carefully, as I am huge history buff! I shall be heading to Romania next week, and I am ready to check this blog from there.

Take care and know I am looking forward to your postings!



By Sister Susie      July 5, 2007 -- 08:39 AM
I am so glad to see the dig dogs. Give them a pet and a doggy treat for me.

Hmmm...my mind is full of crowns made of celery - all my thoughts were a lot sillier than the real thing. Check out this site to find a picture of the different crowns and learn about the games: http://multimedia.olympic.org/pdf/en_report_658.pdf

Do the Greeks use fireworks for any celebrattions? Is there a Greek independance day? If so, how do they celebrate?