Sunday, October 13, 2013

Christine Presents: Olympia Day Five

The journey to Olympia

After a short nights sleep the travelers embarked on their next adventure. Olympia called their name. The journey would take four hours their and four hours back. The glorious weather was nothing that anyone could complain about and the scenery flying by was breathtaking.

This trip would take us in a different direction than the day before. I’d brought my knitting to keep me occupied but put the wrong beads in my knitting bag. Then I’d forgotten my markers for the pattern changes. One creative traveler suggested floss to make the markers since I didn’t have scissors to cut the yarn.

With all that done, I decided to upload and crop pictures for Rogue phoenix Press image store.



Olympia was the site of the original Olympic games. The temple of Zeus was the former site of a forty-foot statue of Zeus. The statue was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.


The Altar of Hera where since 1936 athletes have lit the ceremonial Olympic torch for both summer and winter games. The Olympic torch for the 2014 Olympic games has already been lit. Hera was Zeus’ wife.


The ancient Greeks had a competition called the Heraean Games.  This competition was for women athletes and it took place every four years.

The first Olympic games featured only one event.  This was a sprint race over one length of the stadium or 640ft. More events were added. At the height of the Games, about 400 B.C. there were thirteen events held over five days. At the 2014 Games the shot put was featured at Olympia.

Meaning of the Greek owl:

In Ancient Greece, the Athenian Owl symbolised the goddess Athena who in turn embodied wisdom.
Athena had won patronage of Athens against Poseidon through her gift of the Olive branch which grew into a towering tree to feed and shelter the city. The Athenians had favoured this gift over the one provided by Poseidon of a spring of water which proved to be too salty.
We can speculate at why an owl might be associated with Athena:
1.)    The light reflecting from an Owl’s eyes at night gives it the appearance of an ‘inner light’ or wisdom itself.
2.)    A particular species of Owl nested in the Acropolis of Athens (a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena).
Athenian Owl Coin
Remnants of this symbol are left behind in the coinage of Athens. As the most influential coin of its time, the Athenian Owl featured Athena on one side and an Owl on the other. Affectionately known as “Owls”, they were in circulation for well over 300 years (c. 430 B.C. to c. 99 B.C.).
It is also the first widely minted coin that placed a ‘head’ on the front and a ‘tail’ (an animal image) on the obverse.

If we accept the second point as a more likely story, the presence of Owls could be represented as the presence of Athena in the same manner that the presence of an Eagle is related to Zeus.

Featured Recipe: gyros

Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce

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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • Meat Mixture:
  • 1 lb. ground pork, beef or chicken
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • Sandwich:
  • 4 rounds of flat bread or pita.
  • lettuce
  • tomato; sliced
  • Tzatziki Sauce


Meat mixture
1. Thoroughly combine all ingredients in a bowl.
2. Divide into four equal portions and shape into oblong patties about 3" wide, 6" long, 1/2" thick. Refrigerate for an hour.
3. Grill patties over a hot fire for 3 - 4 minutes per side.
4. Spread tzatziki sauce down the center of a flat bread round, add a lettuce leaf, add some diced tomato. Add the patty, fold the bread over the lamb, and enjoy.
Note: wrapping in foil or napkin helps hold things together while you eat it.


Gladys Marcano said...


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Rosemary Indra said...

I'm enjoying the history of Greece and the recipes look great.
Have fun.

Christine Young said...

Thanks for commenting. These are one of my favorites. Some recipes put a few french fries in the gyro.