live at the apollo (part 4): corinth

(in which we come to realize that the filter on the lens needs to be replaced.)

the apollo temple at corinth dates from the 6th century b.c. there doesn’t seem to be much history about it on the internet. the columns – of which there were originally six on each end and 15 on each side – are of the doric style: it turns out the corinthian columns, like corinthian leather, aren’t actually from corinth; the design was invented in athens.

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the lechaion road was the main road of ancient corinth. the archaeologist’s rendering shows it to be a thoroughfare worthy of royal processions and parades, but the grandeur is just an echo in today’s condition.

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the museum of the corinth excavations has a beautiful collection of artifacts and also an incredible history. in 1990, thieves overpowered the guards and stole more than 270 greek and roman antiquities that had been excavated by the american school of classical studies in athens, which publicized the theft. in 1997, some of the pieces began appearing in christie’s auctions in new york, and the buyer subsequently returned them to the museum. in 1999, the fbi recovered 265 of the stolen objects in miami, where they had been hidden in crates of fresh fish. additional pieces were recovered through christie’s auctions. the police tracked down and arrested the thieves, the karahalios gang and their american accomplice. ultimately, the police recovered 274 stolen objects, with 11 still missing.

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the sculptors of the time used to make the heads and bodies separate, so they could switch the heads out as political power changed. thus, the same body might be used once for the head of a particular statesman, and then when he fell out of favor, for the head of his successor.

the staff at the museum don’t allow people to pose with the statues.

presumably, to prevent smartasses who know how to use photoshop from doing something like this: