Why I’m in a fight with Stagira

If you are heading from Stavros towards Halkidiki, you may notice a sign for the ancient Stagira where Aristotle was born, a famous Greek philosopher and scholar…

Full of ‘enthusiasm’ I went to Stagira.

Stagira is absolutely not for the disabled so I gave that honor to my family.

The nearest i got to Stagira was this viewpoint.

The entrance is free and I recommend that you come to Stagir early in the morning because the sun is not so strong then, or at least you should bring a big hat and put on a thick layer of sunblock.

The climb is very steep but the view from the top is amazing.

Pictures say more than words.

Aristotle was born here in the family of a Greek physician. At 17 he was sent to Athens where he studied mathematics, astronomy, ethics, politics, art, etc. under the watchful eye of Plato.

After completing his studies he was recommended and appointed as a teacher for the then 13-year-old Alexander The Great.

He tutored him for 10 years, and Alexander loved him so much that he brought Aristotle new plants to study from every country he conquered.

When he ceased to be a teacher he founded the Lyceum, that had the largest library of that time, with the donations from his student in Athens.

He spent most of his life there as a teacher, a scientist, and a writer.

When his patron died Aristotle was banished from Lyceum. He died of digestive tract problems or as people like to say, from stress.

He wrote over 200 works in the field of logic, metaphysics, and science. Only 31 have been preserved but the influence that Aristotle’s work left in the way of scientific reflection is irrefutable because it has introduced into scientific thought the process of proof.

When Aristotle died, people brought his ashes back to Stagira. His Ash was placed in a bronze urn on the place called Aristotelian. Each time they have to make an important decision, they came to that place.

A visit to Stagira must be completed in only one way, by swimming in the green blue sea.

This road was used by both Stagira locals and Aristotle when they wanted to descended to the sea.

The ancient Greeks ate a lot of fish but also dried fruits. If those ingredients come together, they create this irresistible sweet salty combination that makes your mouth water. And for a drink, cold cipura.

Here’s how I acted like a Greek.

The most important meal for old Greeks was dinner. The guests had to be clean, the servants would wash their feet and dress them with fragrant oils. The food is eaten in a half lying state, slowly, with no hurry. The hands were washed in bowls that the slaves brought at right intervals. There are no meals that are eaten by the poor such as cabbage, cauliflower or asparagus, that is, those foods that cause indigestion, pork, fish, crustaceans, lambs and lamb meat are the foods that were the most prized.
when the food is eaten the people start conversing, singing and drinking wine with water, they never drank pure wine because they considered it a bad habit.
The soup was the only meal served with a spoon and everything else was eaten with three fingers.

After hearing all this, Would you like to use a time machine?

Traveled and enjoyed, Marko Veličković

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