05 February 2007

Merciful Zeus!

Last month I discovered a story which pitted a group of revivalists against the Greek Orthodox Church. The object of the revival was ol' time religion -- or in this case ancient time religion. For these worshippers hold to the twelve Olympian gods of ancient Greece. The controversy began because they wanted to worship at Temple of Zeus, whose ruins are now a tourist spot. There's actually not much more to say about it: they were denied; they held their ceremony anyway.

So then what's up with this post? Well, it gave me the idea for a game. To play you need either Google Earth or NASA's World Wind. It's simple really, like scavenger hunts. Here's your task:
Find the Temple of Zeus. Here's a site with some photos: http://ah.phpwebhosting.com/a/OUTofBFLO/greece/ath/zeus/

Use the info in the site, and the photos (backgrounds are particularly useful) to help you locate the ruins of the Temple of Zeus from satellite imagery. For a baseline, it took me about ten minutes. Your mileage may vary depending on what tools you avail yourself of (and whether or not you've actually been to Athens).

If you have any ideas for other geo-hunts please post them. Oh, and for extra points you can identify the TV show in which a character utters the words that title this post. No, it's not Battlestar Galactica --- but, by the gods, a good guess. Cheers!


The market is Open.


Transient Gadfly said...

I've got a theory: I bet you that nearly every person reading this from my neck of the woods can identify the show, character speaking, particular episode, and scene in which that phrase is uttered.

As for finding the Temple of Zeus, well that's another story. As you know, bunnies aren't just cute like everybody supposes.

fronesis said...

TG's response is too clever by half. Of course, he's absolutely right - about the bunnies, that is. They've got them hoppy leg and twitchy little noses. That's not cute in the least. And what's with all the carrots?

Periapse said...

Well, what a happy discovery. I guess I should have figured as much. However, I'm afraid I'm rather late to this party (as in only from the DVDs, and less than three years ago). So people who know about lagophobic vengence demons are still a novelty to me