The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 14: Ancient Kameiros on Rhodes

Thor and I follow in the footsteps of Philhellene author Lawrence Durrell as we admire the ancient city overlooking the blue Aegean Sea.

NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT, Thor and I knew we had to return to this magical region. My first entry in this new blog series posted here on Saturday, 10/20/2018. It gives an overview of our rambles from Athens to seven islands in the Dodecanese and Cyclades groups, ending our ferry-hopping pilgrimage on the anciently sacred island of Delos.

After visiting Durrell’s haunts in Old Rhodos Town, we rounded out our visit to this beautiful island with a trip to one his favorite sites. Kameiros was one of three Doric cities that controlled the island from around 400 B.C., with later occupation by Romans. It’s a lovely site perched among pine trees above the sea, the layout of the town well preserved.

Since I’ve spent the last week in the fog of a nasty virus going around our own town, today I’ll turn to Lawrence Durrell for a description of the site as he saw it in the 1940s, from his memoir Reflections on a Marine Venus:

“You arrive in the centre of the ancient town almost before you know it; it is as sudden as a descent from a balloon. The whole thing assembles itself before your eyes like a picture thrown upon a cinema-screen. It lies there in the honey-gold afternoon light listening to the melodious ringing of water in its own cisterns, and the faint whipping of wind in the noble pines which crown the amphitheatre. The light here has a peculiar density as if the blue of the sea had stained it with some of its own troubled dyes. The long sloping main-street is littered with chipped inscriptions….

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