Lyrical Greek poet Pindar (522–443 BC) tells us the ‘superman’ of Greek mythology Heracles laid out Olympia as an act of homage. It was about celebrating the success of the twelve labours the Gods had set him. He cleared the site associated with the earth Goddess Ge 15k inland from the sea in a fertile valley pleasantly shaded with plane, olive, white poplars and palm trees. In ancient times it was accessed via the river Alpheios as well as by land. Princes and tyrants from Sicily and Southern Italy arrived in splendid barges. Ambassadors and the rich vied with each other in dress and paraphernalia arriving on horseback or in chariots. The poor arrived on donkeys, in carts or on foot. There wasn’t a town nearby so food sellers, merchants and artisans offered sustenance and souvenirs. All that remains today to evoke the multitudes of people is wind stirred flowers… to be continued
Carolyn McDowall FRSA has gained considerable experience and business acumen in her professional career. An independent cultural and social historian, Carolyn is an interior designer by trade. She has been involved in the creative sector for over thirty years in Australia; completing interior design projects, creating and producing innovative corporate and not-for profit (social profit) community events. She has over that time continuously conducted independent research , while designing, developing, and producing educational art and design history programs in conjunction with renowned specialist colleagues.
Beauty and innovation were important aspects of La Belle Époque, that beautiful era in Europe c1890 to 1914 when France and its European neighbours were at peace. It was a time of political contrasts. Working class militancy and organized socialist movements built on the ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity….