Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Corinth and the Corinth Canal

Today my group woke up early and had a traditional Greek breakfast. We then took a fancy tour bus to the Corinth Canal. Corinth is a town on the narrow strip of land that connects the Greek mainland to Peloponnesus. In the 1800s, a canal was dug to connect the Ionian Sea to the Aegean Sea, saving sailors 25 hours in getting from one side of Greece to the other.

The unfortunate thing is that the bungee jumping off of the bridge over the canal is only offered in the summer.

We then went to the ancient Roman town of Corinth. The original Greek settlement there was a constant target of pirates. Over time, the city state moved inland from the sea and closer to a high citadel on the top of a nearby mountain. Today you can see the ruins of a fortress built by the invading troops from Venice a few hundred years ago and a temple to the goddess Aphrodite built in ancient times.

Corinth was the most proseperous Greek city-state at the time of the Romans' invasion of Greece in the 100s B.C. To make an example of Corinth, and show the other city-states what would happen if they didn't surrender to the power of the Romans, they completely destroyed the city in 146 B.C. Nothing was left.

In 44 B.C., Roman general Julius Caesar ordered the town to be rebuilt, but this time as a Roman city.

Check out more pictures of my views in Corinth, Mycenae, and Epidaurus

1 comment:

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