September. Back to the city. Fresh starts and daily routine leave back summer holidays as pleasant mementos. Yet, this is the time of the year that Greece’s capital, Athens, has the most vibrant city vibes! This moodboard is a creative synthesis inspired by Athens history and cultural identity, imprinted in selected designers’ creations to complete your outfit and home style with an Athenian classic flair.
Caryatids; supporting the porch of Erechtheion in Acropolis, holding symbolisms of beauty and strength passed on through 2,500 years. Acropolis Museum Athens
Athens is the oldest capital city in Europe, having been continuously inhabited for at least 4000 years. Democracy, philosophy, theatre, architecture, sports and many aspects of science were born here, setting the foundations of western civilization. The Acropolis of Athens is home to the most prominent architectural buildings with historical significance, including the Parthenon, the Erectheion and the temple of Athena Nike, the patron goddess of the city.
Located at the base of the Acropolis, Odeon of Herodes Atticus was built in 161 AD by Herodes Atticus in memory of his wife Aspasia Anna Regilla. The audience stands and the orchestra (stage) were restored using pentelic marble in the 1950s. Since then it has been the main venue of the Athens Festival, which runs from May through October each year, featuring a variety of acclaimed Greek as well as international performances.
Originally holding the porch of Erechteion, Caryatids, the ageless maidens, referred also as Korai, with the long braided hair down their backs remain awake gazing across to the Acropolis, full of nostalgia for their sacred home.
Inside their marble chests, they nurtured as always, precious hope for the return of their long lost sister; removed by Lord Elgin in 1801 and today located in the British Museum.
Athena or Athene, often given the epithet Pallas, is the ancient Greek goddess of wisdom, handicraft, and warfare. Athena was regarded as the patron and protectress of the city of Athens, from which she most likely received her name.
Athena is usually shown in art wearing a helmet and holding a spear. Her major symbols include owls, olive trees, snakes, and the Gorgoneion.
The Owl was the companion animal of Athena, the Goddess of Reason and the Arts and the divine patron of the city Athens. In 5th century BC, the Owl of Athena was depicted on the Athenian coins, called γλαῦκες glaukes (owls), the most widely used coin in the Greek world prior to the time of Alexander the Great. Nowadays, the Owl of Athena is featured on the national side of the modern Greek 1 euro coin.
In honor of Goddess Athena were held the Panathenaic games incorporating religious festival, ceremony and cultural events, aside from athletic competitions. For this purpose, it was built the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble, the Panathenaic Stadium or Kallimarmaro – home of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and the finishing line to the annual Authentic Athens Marathon race held from the city of Marathon to Athens. As a multi-purpose stadium, in September hosts plenty of cultural events in Athens.