From HUGer Morgan:
Dear Moms and Dads of our HUG family,
Today we visited Athens for the second time to see the National Archeological Museum. Once again, James was our wonderful tour guide who poured wisdom into us. In case you haven't already heard, he's pretty awesome. We are so blessed to have a tour guide who is a believer and will relate history, to Christ, to current Greece language, and even to our own language.
The biggest thing that stood out to me at the museum was the statue timeline. They start in the geometric period as very flat shapes. There is the form of a women but she has little dimension. These statues can be confused with the Egyptians. The next statues are still very square but a little more evolved. There is even a hand with a vein in it although it is not very realistic at all. It isn't until the following that you start to get any facial expressions but they are all the same. It is a sort of sad look or they may be ironically smirking. During this period, it is against the law for women to be depicted in anything less than clothes up to their necks. The next two periods start to form almost perfect bodies. They also start to be less symmetric and more realistic. For a while, statues stayed here. You can see though where religion of their gods started to be mocked because they found a goddess depicted as being made fun of by a messenger. She also wasn't dressed which is a very big sign of disrespect.
James showed us many more interesting facts today. A few that I thought were fun and you might be interested in are as follows:
-In prehistoric Greece, cats were considered rare and important but a man would never be depicted with one. He was always with dogs.
-Two fishermen found a very high tech calculator that was much more advanced than we originally thought them capable of. It calculated the solar system.
-When something is made out of simply stone, it is craft. Once it is also made in bronze it is considered art.
Thank you for following our trip and helping us all get here!