Thursday, May 14, 2009

History lessons
The thing is that once I start delving into a country, I keep on discovering new things, and that way hardly ever move on to something really new. That's how I am still firmly stuck in Greece. Latest find: the 1937 historical issue. It was the first definitive set of the dictatorship of Metaxas. Relying heavily on the Hellenic past, it is no wonder that the definitive set depicts themes from the evolution of the Greek civilization. On the 10l we therefore find a court lady of Tiryns.She would have been found in the palace in the hill fort of Tiryns, dating some 7000 years back. Unfortunately, the initial inscriptions of the stamp was wrong, reading "TYPIN...". The following year, a revised version reading "TIPYN..." was issued.

On the 20l we find Zeus, with a thunderbolt in his hand. The Oracle of Zeus at Dodoni dates back some 3000 years. This particular stamp is from 1946, when various values received a new value overprint after the war.The Coin of Amphictyony, which can be seen on the 40l, is about as old as Zeus. An amphictyony was a league of various Greek tribes.Venus de Milo, the ancient Greek statue depicted on the 80l, was created around 130 bC- 100 bC.

The last item I show, the 25d, needed a bit of a search. It depicts the Glory of Psara, and I've now found out that it is actually a painting by N. Gyzis, based on the poem by D. Solomos. The poem tells about the destruction of the island of Psara by the Turks and Egyptians during the Greek War of Independence (1821-1829). This actual stamp was issued by the Italians when having occupied the Ionian Island of Zante (Zakynthos).

I could go on forever! But, don't worry, I won't!

:-)
Adrian

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