Mycenae & Epidaurus
This morning we left Nafplio and headed to Mycenae, a stronghold of the Perseid and Atreid dynasties in the Late Helladic Period. For those of us who have read or are reading the Aeneid, the Iliad, or the Odyssey in Greek, Latin, or English, this visit was pretty exciting, as Mycenae is an important setting in the epic cycle.
We were, naturally, treated to a dramatic reading near the ruins of the Megaron (the great hall of the Mycenean palace), this time courtesy of Ms. Martin-Nelson, who played Clytemnestra brilliantly.
After looking through the museum, we took a quick stop at the Tomb of Agamemnon (Treasury of Atreus), a huge tholos tomb right outside of Mycenae. After that, we were on our way to Epidaurus! There we visited the theatre and sites relevant to the cult of Asclepius, which was established at Epidaurus (apparently Asclepius’ birthplace).
The acoustics at the theatre were amazing! We could hear the performers clearly all the way to the top row!
Now we are off to dinner in Olympia! For more up-to-date pictures from Julien A. ’19, please be sure to follow us on Instagram (@grotongeos