Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Statue of the Unknown Sailor

Greece has been historically and traditionally, since its existence, a maritime power. It has always had a great relationship with the sea. This is a given, when one sees the geography of the Hellenic world, consisting of thousands of islands, islets and rocks all over the Aegean and Ionian Seas and in general all around the Mediterranean. However, this relationship with the sea has not always been a good one. Many have died, many have been lost at sea, never to return to their homes. Even the King of Ithaca, Odysseus, took years to return to his homeland, after the end of the Trojan War, as expressed by Homer. That is why it is only right that a statue is dedicated to the Unknown Sailor, to the sailors who were lost, whose names were not saved by time and history. This statue here is located on the Ionian Island of Kefalonia.

This coincides with a statue in the centre of Athens, dedicated to the Unknown Soldier, whose names we do not know, who fought for Greece since Ancient Greece onwards. Greeks seem to be familiar with statues dedicated to unknown people and gods. Even St Paul, when he visited Athens, he spoke to the Ancient Athenians next to the statue of the ‘unknown god,’ showing the wisdom of the Athenians, who believed that there was possibly a God they did not know; so, in order to not offend him, they devoted a statue to him, whoever he was. 

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