Birds of the Athenian Agora (Agora Picture Book #22) by Lamberton Robert D., Rotroff Susan I.

By Lamberton Robert D., Rotroff Susan I.

In addition to the Little Owl or glaux, so usually visible accompanying the goddess Athena, many different birds performed a huge position in Greek paintings and symbolism. This book describes the ways that the Greeks seen birds, from helpful hawks and chook to unique parakeets and peacocks. many of the birds more often than not depicted are imaginary, from the griffin to the phallos chicken, whose head and neck consisted of an erect penis. The booklet ends with a box consultant to species prone to be obvious on a trip to the Agora archaeological park at the present time.

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July and August, when most visitors come to the Agora, is the nadir of the annual cycle of bird activity in the park. The heat at midday is intense, and those birds that are present throughout the summer keep to cover and to the coolest, dampest areas of the park, particularly to the shade of the plane trees near the Altar of the Twelve Gods, where water is always available. Here Great Tits and Blackbirds are to be found even in midsummer. Blackbirds can usually be found along the west fence as well and occur in greater numbers beyond the fence under the taller crown and more developed understory of the Theseion Park.

The most frustrating of this group are the leafwarblers of the genus PhyIZoscopur: the inexperienced observer will find it next to impossible to separate the Willow Warblers, which probably do not remain to winter in the Agora, from the Chiffchaffs which tend to come through later. Swifts and Swallows are flocking in early September, and only stragglers are left by the end of the month. During the IgSO’S, September regularly brought Blue Rock Thrushes to winter in the Agora, but this phenomenon no longer occurs, partly, no doubt, because of the growth of the vegetation.

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