Day three was a special one.
Here’s a photo from our fantastic excursion to Segesta, where we saw a beautiful Doric temple — my first Greek temple, in fact. We cooed at stray dogs while Professor Boyd showered us with knowledge and teased out the eccentricities of this particular temple (columns not fluted! weird lifting nubs still visible!).
We then walked through the rolling hills to the Greek (and then Roman) amphitheater that overlooks the sea, and I was always looking back to see the temple from afar. Although the Greeks were sometimes overcompetetive and overambitious about it, the architecture of these temples always makes sense — strong, simple, and imposing. It was a quiet area, the hills were green and overgrown, and the from far away it was hard to see the temple’s centuries of wear — we were seeing views that were almost exactly what the Greeks used to see. The inspiration and power of the temple was obvious, as was its subtlety and willingness to work with its natural surroundings. –AG