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Οnce upon a time I had a sis­ter. A beau­ti­ful one.

A Karyad. Such a Greek beauty, a “kaloni” peo­ple used to say. Now she lives miles away, years away, cen­turies away.

I cher­ish her grace.

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The four sis­ters dress­ing up for the beach. Scene from a pop­u­lar old Greek movie

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The Miss­ing Siter by Amalia Sotiropoulou

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Vion­net, French Fash­ion house that was inspired by Gre­cian beauty

“Almond-shaped, elon­gated eyes, lips; per­fumes stemming

from a pre­ma­ture sky of great fem­i­nine delicacy

and fatal drunkeness.

 

I leant on my side –almost fell– onto the

hymns to the Vir­gin and the cold of spacious

gar­dens.

Pre­pared for the worst.”

Cal­en­dar of an Invis­i­ble April” by Odysseas Elytis

 

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La Parisenne, Fresco from Knos­sos, Crete

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Elena Nathanael, Greek actress

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Nelly’s pho­to­graph

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The Miss­ing Siter by Amalia Sotiropoulou

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Melina Merk­ouri

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Art by Vale­ria Corvino

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Henri Cartier Bres­son, Plaka, Athens 1953

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The Three Graces Lou­vre Museum, Paris

Helen: I never went to Troy; it was a phantom.

.… .… . .

Ser­vant: What? You mean it was only for a cloud

that we strug­gled so much?

 

— Euripi­des, Helen

 

Dur­ing the 19th cen­tury the British Lord Elgin took the sixth Karyad from the ancient Greek tem­ple Erechtheion and trans­fered her to Eng­land. Today she is exhib­ited together with other Acrop­o­lis antiq­ui­ties in the British Museun.

There she stands, like a frag­ment of the Attic sky. Alien, long­ing to return home.

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