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PLEASE SIGN ANCIENT DIOLKOS PETITION

Postby sofia-l » Thu Sep 20, 2007 2:40 am

The Diolkos, the famous paved road constructed around 600 BC and used to transport ships by land over the Isthmus of Corinth, is unique in its kind but it has never been protected since the time of excavation (~1960), progressively crumbling into the water at its western end..

In an effort to save and restore the structure, we have created an international petition at

www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/870477005

We invite you to sign and help preserve this historical monument.

Sofia Loverdou ? freelance science hournalist
Yiannis Balafoutas ? Retired teacher, writer

Images and comments in GREEK, at www.greekarchitects.gr/index.php?maincat=8&newid=890
For more information and images in ENGLISH, please go to www.greece.org:8080/opencms/opencms/HEC ... s/DIOLKOS/

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Why support the Diolkos petition...

Postby sofia-l » Wed Oct 03, 2007 10:28 am

Some friends are asking various questions about the Ancient Diolkos petition. I guess a lot of you reading about Diolkos are wondering about the same things, so I give some explanations here.

MONEY.
Signing the petition does not mean asking the Greek State to give money that it presumably cannot afford for restoring the monument. The protection of the monument should have been presented for funding (with European Union contribution or other similar projects) LONG AGO. Unfortunately, by not having even the most elementary information about the monument, the services in charge were KEEPING THEMSELVES UNPREPARED even to ASK for funding?

WHY SPEAK...
The monument is not a piece of property OWNED by someone free to destroy it. Unfortunately, this is what has happened up to now. This petition says that we want this to stop. The Diolkos is a common heritage of mankind (as many other monuments and sites all over the world).

IS THE PETITION JUST A PLEA?
No, it is more dynamic that that. The Prime Minister?s Office is being often notified about the progress and knows that many people from many countries know of the problem. Consequently, the Diolkos cannot be left to decay in silence (as was the situation up to now).

INFORMATION GIVEN
The information given at the petition site cannot cover ~50 years of neglect and destruction. It would be too long (and maybe also very shocking). If anybody feels like having more information, I will be glad to provide both information AND documentation, so please send me an e-mail at sofia-l@tellas.gr.

www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/870477005
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Diolkos, a tragedy unveiled

Postby sofia-l » Sat Oct 20, 2007 5:52 am

Some days ago the most popular portal in Greece, in.gr, presented the Diolkos case.

It is a good thing to see the veil of silence about Diolkos begin to fall and a kind of "greek tradegy", complete with an innocent victim, slowly come to light...

For those interested, the link is www.in.gr/Reviews/imagegallery.asp?lngR ... emID=57977
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more damage on Diolkos

Postby sofia-l » Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:50 am

The damage of Diolkos is going on, as one more ancient block fell from the monument during the last few days.

Although the Master Plan approved at the beginning of September about Diolkos calls for immediate temporary protection measures, relevant services remain largely inactive, drawing a picture of mindboggling inability....

The Master Plan actually comprises the basic information about Diolkos (which the services ?in charge? lacked and which was largely forced upon the Ministry by privates) and considers steps to be taken for the monument?s salvation (an obligation that never ceased to exist and in which the Ministry has up to now tragically failed).

The long festival of hypocrisy and illegality that has determined the monument?s deterioration is ? at last - becoming known to the large public. It is good to see the veil of silence about Diolkos finally lift itself and a greek tragedy, complete with an innocent victim, slowly come to light.

The petition for Saving and Restoring Diolkos has already received 5,300 signatures originating from 81 countries.
www.thepetitionsite.com/petition/870477005
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The TIMES for Diolkos...

Postby sofia-l » Fri Nov 30, 2007 11:55 am

Recently, the italian archaeology magazine SALTERNUM presented an article (written by me) in which there is mention of the distorted information about the state of the monunent, given to the Prime Minister's Office by the General Secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Mr. Zahopoulos in october 2006. Between other untrue statements, Mr. Zahopoulos mentioned that the waves "have by now begun to erode the monument's substrate", hiding the tragic state of the monunent.

Articles about the dramatic decay of Diolkos have been also presented by the british edition of the TIMES.

You can see the first article (scanned by me) at: www.greece.org:8080/opencms/opencms/HEC ... _2006.html
... and the second at: www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_styl ... 409377.ece

In the second article, which appeared last February, the british newspaper's archaeology correspondent, Norman Hammond, (prof. of archaeology at the Boston University) mentions that rescue operations would be forthcoming (an information included in MY reports, too); however, the only thing done was to support some stones, letting the erosion go on beneath them!

Although the Greek Ministry of Culture has been forced to some movimentation, no real rescue operations have taken place yet. Two more ancient blocks have fallen in 2007 and the deterioration of the already fallen parts of Diolkos is constant...

I am giving again the site for those who would like to sign the Diolkos petition: www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/870477005
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Postby sofia-l » Sun Jan 27, 2008 12:54 am

While officials are always ready to present presumed proofs of presumed interest for Diolkos, the mental, moral and operational incompetence of the Greek Ministry of Culture is shocking.

Relevant services were so unable to coordinate that a sum assigned some months ago by the Ministry to a ?study? for Diolkos is lying unused (according to information, it was not assigned to what the relevant services had in mind, so it appears they were unable even to SAY what they wanted ...).

This is the second sum of 40.000 euros that the Ministry has been UNABLE to put into use (the other sum coming from the Loutraki municipality).

This utter lack of coordination and common sense creates serious doubts as to how the Ministry is going to organize things with the Canal Company, as it is SUPPOSED (?) to be doing.

The Diolkos continues to be essentially abandoned.

Both a definite solution AND rescue actions should however have been undertaken long ago, springing naturally from the mechanisms of the Greek Ministry of Culture. Since, as indeed seems to be the case, these mechanisms are unable to perform even the most childish task, then I think their workings should be questioned, reformed and PUT UNDER INTERNATIONAL SURVEILLANCE in order to fulfill the protection of Cultural Heritage.

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The following photo, taken BY the Ministry, shows how utterly ignorant of the monument they are; after 50 years of "assisted demolition", overlooked by every relevant service, a team trying to support some stones of the long erosion front totally ignores the access from the side and travels all the way to the erosion front going over the monument IN THEIR VAN (notice the wheels, at right).

The operation was done by the Directorate for the Restoration of Ancient Monuments (DAAM) and the local ephorate, so it seems neither of the two services even KNEW how to ARRIVE there!

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Re: PLEASE SIGN ANCIENT DIOLKOS PETITION

Postby carolgreen873 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:47 pm

Excellent points. If we are to be realistic, they might even have ignored their own distinct culture and preferred a "best-of" in order to be more appealing to the early adopters
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