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Old Apr 5, 2006, 5:37 AM   #1
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These are the Aeolic capitals on the columns of the Temple of Athena dating back to the 7th.century BC. Later they were to be transformed into more sophisticated and bookish! Ionic capitals, again in the littoral zones of western Anatolia.
Since the site where this temple stands, is now surrounded by the city, I had to perform twice or even thrice so as to avoid apartment blocks!
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Old Apr 5, 2006, 2:11 PM   #2
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Good sidelighting - it shows their forms very nicely.
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Old Apr 6, 2006, 9:49 AM   #3
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Yes, Ladyhawk, sidelighting is an enhancement factor that I should deliberately keep on considering for my further shots. Very good observation. Thank you:-)
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What an interesting bit of history on these columns.

I like the perspective of your low angle of shooting when you captured this image. It makes the columns look quite majestic! Sounds like you put a lot of thought into this image....nice capture! :-)

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Old Apr 7, 2006, 2:34 AM   #5
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Thanks for your appreciation, Stichbabe. As a matter of fact, though the subject name suggests otherwise:-), I did not fully mean to display these capitals for their grandeur but to emphasize their archaic value being the pioneer to the Ionic order.And regarding your first line, I am quite pleased to see that I somehow achieved this.
As for true grandeur, I hope I'll post my shots of Temple of Apollo at Didyma (little brother of Temple of Artemis in Ephesos, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world) this summer...
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Old Apr 7, 2006, 7:18 PM   #6
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Nice shot... Those Archaic columns of Aiolia are unique pieces in Classical Antiquity - this means they can only be seen in the north of Smyrna, Aegean coast of Turkey...
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Old Apr 8, 2006, 3:15 AM   #7
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So you wrote this post three o'clock in the morning!(reminding me of some lyrics Crystal Gayle sang, btw) ...Very good score, corefive.
You've emphasized an important issue in your reply.
Seems like this forum has been fortified by another history lover , and an internet fervent as well :G
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