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Temple Of Athena / ASSOS - Turkey by Kuzeytac

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Taken with a Canon EOS 400D Digital.

  • Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
  • ISO Speed: 100
  • Aperture: f/10
  • Software: Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
  • Metering Mode: Pattern
  • Focal Length: 28 mm
  • Exposure Program: Shutter priority
  • Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
  • Flash: Flash did not fire
  • White Balance: Manual

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Temple of Athena, Assos

The city was founded from 900-1000 BC by Aeolian colonists from Lesbos, who specifically are said to have come from Methymna.The settlers built a Doric Temple to Athena on top of the crag in 530 BC. From this temple Hermias of Atarneus, a student of Plato, ruled Assos, the Troad and Lesbos for a period of time, under which the city experienced its greatest prosperity. (Strangely, Hermias was actually the slave of the ruler of Atarneus.) Under his rule, he encouraged philosophers to move to the city. As part of this, in 348 BC Aristotle came here and married King Hermeias’s niece, Pythia, before leaving to Lesbos three years later in 345 BC. This ‘golden period’ of Assos ended several years later when the Persians arrived, and subsequently tortured Hermias to death.

The Persians were driven out by Alexander the Great in 334 BCE. Between 241 and 133 BC, the city was ruled by the Kings of Pergamon. However, in 133 BC, the Pergamons lost control of the city as it was absorbed by the Roman empire.

St. Paul also visited the city during his third missionary journey through Asia Minor, which was between 53-57 AD, on his way to Lesbos. From this period onwards, Assos shrunk to a small village, as it has remained ever since. Ruins around Assos continue to be excavated.


  • Jill Doyle
    Jill Doyleabout 6 years ago


    CATNIPMEOWabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful silhouettes……… the fact you included the history !!!

  • Thank you for commenting and liking the history of it:)

    – Kuzeytac

  • anisja
    anisjaabout 6 years ago

    Great .

  • Sandy Woolard
    Sandy Woolardabout 6 years ago

    Lovely silhouettes…It was really interesting to read the history that you shared!!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you so much!

    – Kuzeytac

  • Steve Chapple
    Steve Chappleabout 6 years ago

    Another clever silhouette, you have an eye for these!

  • Thank you Steve!
    I Do love silhouettes…:)

    – Kuzeytac

  • KSkinner
    KSkinnerabout 6 years ago

    You should place this in the silhouette group, I am a Mod there and this is amazing!
    Silhouette Group

  • Thank you KSkinner:)
    I placed as you said in that group.. Thanks again!

    – Kuzeytac

  • Holly Werner
    Holly Wernerabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful work. An instant fav.

  • So glad you liked it that much.. So happy I climbed to get a shot like this:)

    – Kuzeytac

  • Taylor Sawyer
    Taylor Sawyerabout 6 years ago

    Congrats! I chose this photo ashonorable mention for Photography 101’s “Using Natural Lighting”! It will be featured with the rest of the works that placed! Please remember you need to submit it to the group so that it may be featured!

  • WOW… Thank you sooo much! I’m so honored..
    This really made my day!

    – Kuzeytac

  • Erhan OZBIYIK
    Erhan OZBIYIKover 5 years ago

    Wonderful silhouettes and sunset shot !!! Great Work!

  • onlypip
    onlypipover 4 years ago

    This is beautiful. My best friend, the bride to be, got engaged at this stunning place and I want to get this photo converted to canvas for her as a wedding gift – is there any way of me doing this? The canvas sizes seem really small on here and I would like this size to be about 60cm x 40cm?

    Best wishes


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