Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken

May 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm 12 comments

apollo
location: ephesus, anatolia, now part of selçuk, turkey
 
ISIS militants toppling and smashing ancient statues and carvings are in the news lately. Their wanton disregard for humanity’s cultural heritage is beyond comprehension.

It’s déjà vu all over again. History has a way of repeating itself.

They aren’t the first and they won’t be the last either.

Above is a photo of a head of Apollo that I took in Ephesus, Turkey. Like many of the ancient statues on exhibit at various museums in Europe, it shows signs of defilement.

When I was in Varna, Bulgaria, I expressed my dismay to a local history professor and asked him who could possibly be responsible for the destruction of these artifacts that are at least a thousand of years old. His response came as a surprise. He said it was the early Christians who considered them sacrilegious.

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  • 1. stenoodie  |  May 22, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Thank you for the pingback! 🙂

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    • 2. plaridel  |  May 22, 2015 at 11:16 pm

      stenoodie:

      you’re welcome. 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. Teresa  |  May 22, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Exactly!

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    • 4. plaridel  |  May 22, 2015 at 11:21 pm

      teresa:

      i reckon you said that with conviction.

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      • 5. Teresa  |  May 22, 2015 at 11:38 pm

        Yes I did! (This included) ☺

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  • 7. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist  |  May 23, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Yes the Christians of bygone ages have a bit to answer for but luckily their weapons were not quite so destructive on a large scale. Destruction has happened on all fronts but now we know how valuable these ancient artifacts are we should all be protecting them. Once they are gone….

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    • 8. plaridel  |  May 23, 2015 at 9:13 am

      irene:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 9. gahlearner  |  May 23, 2015 at 3:20 am

    Yup, and then came the reformation, where the catholic churches were ‘cleaned’ of their art… and the protestants were burnt… and… We never learn. It happens again, and again, and….

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    • 10. plaridel  |  May 23, 2015 at 9:15 am

      gahlearner:

      because of our inherent nature, i guess it’ll be wishful thinking to believe the cycle will be broken someday.

      Reply
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