By Lamberton Robert D., Rotroff Susan I.
In addition to the Little Owl or glaux, so usually noticeable accompanying the goddess Athena, many different birds performed an incredible position in Greek artwork and symbolism. This publication describes the ways that the Greeks seen birds, from important hawks and chicken to unique parakeets and peacocks. a number of the birds customarily depicted are imaginary, from the griffin to the phallos poultry, whose head and neck consisted of an erect penis. The ebook ends with a box consultant to species prone to be visible on a trip to the Agora archaeological park this day.
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London (Collins) 1974 (recently published in Greek translation, with supplementary range maps, by A. , and A . Singer, The Larousse Guide to Birds of Britain and Europe, New York (Larousse) 1970 (rev. 1978) No up-to-date study of the avifauna of Greece exists in English, but a wealth of information on birds and bird-lore in ancient Greece will be found in J. Pollard, Birds in Greek Lqe and Myth, London (Tharnes and Hudson) 1977. , G R - r d 76 Athens, Greece.
The West Road runs by the Great Drain (z), now uncovered in parts and often with standing water. Tall plane trees create excellent damp cover near the Altar of the Twelve Gods (3), and the triangle between the Panatheniac Way and the Stoa of Attalos (4). although drier, has dense vegetation and good cover. The road to the Roman Agora ( 5 ) often has standing water and is generally quiet, as is The central area (7)has patchy cover and water daily under the the road toward the Pnyx (6). plane trees, while the South Square (8) offers the most open as well as the driest habitat in the park.
As elsewhere, spring migration is a time of exciting birding in the Agora, when one has the best chance of seeing a Hoopoe o r a rare warbler. Migrating Alpine Swifts regularly visit the Akropolis about May I , and a few summer there, occasionally venturing out over the Agora. After this flurry of activity, however, the summer months are relatively uneventful, and by the latter part of June the bird population of the park has become rather impoverished, both in numbers and in variety. By far the most conspicuous breeding birds are the House Sparrows that utilize gaps in the masonry of the Hephaisteion.