GREEKS AT SEA – PIRAEUS
Editοr: CHRISTIES with collaboration of the Greek Nautical Museum
Responsible for the material: Elisavet Lyra
Co-ordinator: Angelos Miragias
Edition: 1st Athens 1999
It is widely accepted that Greece is not just a land surrounded by sea, but a sea which surrounds the land and the hundreds of its islands. Naturally, the Greeks are strongly and substantially influenced by the sea, which has always been the object of worship, admiration and exploitation.
Ιn ancient times, the sea had been deified and worshipped, often devoted το important and omnipotent gods. It has been admired and praised in hymns for its power and beauty, its frequent change of form and its vastness. Finally, it has also been exploited, because the Greeks have found in it the sources of wealth they were searching for and the ways of communication with other peoples.
Thus, it comes as no surprise that the sea has always influenced art, the most advanced spiritual and aesthetic expression of man. Although art can be manifested in various forms of expression, in this case, the sea is represented primarily in painting.