Archaeology

  • Delphi: The Bellybutton of the Ancient World | Her Life in Ruins

    Delphi: The Bellybutton of the Ancient World

    The archaeological site at Delphi is one of the most interesting sites in all of Greece. The site lies at the foot of Mt. Parnassus near the modern town of Delphi on the Greek mainland. Ancient Delphi was a prosperous area that was home to a powerful oracle (more about her later). The Delphi site perfectly balances the natural landscape with manmade monuments, creating a unique landscape that was perfect…

  • The Island of Delos: History and Sites | Her Life in Ruins

    The Island of Delos: History and Sites

    The archaeological site of Delos is a protected entire island near Mykonos in the Cyclades. Delos is very closely tied to Apollo and Artemis and was once a huge trade center. Now, the island sits in ruin and is visited by 100,000 people each year as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mythology In Greek mythology, the twin gods Apollo and Artemis. Apollo and Artemis were the children of Zeus (a god) and…

  • The Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus: A Hillside Excursion | Her Life in Ruins

    The Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus: A Hillside Excursion

    Hey ya’ll! Welcome back to my Site Sunday series. Last week, we talked about the Acropolis in Athens. This week, we’ll be talking about the Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus, which is also in Athens, Greece. The Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus sits at the base of the Acropolis and premiered some of the most famous plays in existence! Background The Theatre of Dionysus of Eleuthereus has entertained visitors since the 6th…

  • A Complete Guide to the Acropolis in Athens, Greece | Her Life in Ruins

    A Complete Guide to the Acropolis in Athens, Greece

    Hey y’all! Welcome to my new Site Sunday series, where I feature a new archaeological site each week. First up is the Acropolis in Athens, Greece! The Acropolis, which means “city top” or “citadel”,  served as the administrative and religious center of Athens. The Athenian Acropolis rises nearly 500 feet over the city and has a surface area of about 7 1/2 acres, which is pretty huge! Like most Ancient…

  • Her Life in Ruins Guide to Greece: Mainland and the Cyclades | Her Life in Ruins

    Her Life in Ruins Guide to Greece: Mainland and the Cyclades

    Three years ago (!!!), I was in the middle of the greatest experience of my life: studying abroad in Greece. During my time in this breathtaking country, I explored the countryside, the cities, and the Aegean islands. Right now, Greece is the ideal destination for the budget traveler, as flights are cheap (check Momondo for your ideal dates!) and the dollar is fairly even with the euro. Keep reading to…