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Phil Douglis | all galleries >> Galleries >> Gallery Thirty: When walls speak and we listen > Asleep, Ancient Agora, Athens, Greece, 2005
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Asleep, Ancient Agora, Athens, Greece, 2005

The Ancient Agora is a huge display of ruins in the middle of downtown Athens. It contains the remnants of the buildings that served as the political heart of ancient Athens as far back as 600 B.C., as well as whatever may remain of the great Roman public buildings that succeeded them two thousand years ago. I photographed this humble stone wall, perhaps once part an ancient structure, as it recedes into darkness, making it seem as if it were running back into time. Rocks are randomly strewn around this slumbering dog, as if to extend the influence of that wall entirely around it. The dog must sense comfort here or it would not be able sleep so soundly. Perhaps its ancestors roamed this same ground when Socrates was executed near here in 399 BC, or when the Roman Emperor Nero toured Athens in 66 AD? If only this wall could speak or the dog could tell us about its dreams. I wanted this image to encourage us to listen with our own imaginations.

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