A Cat’s Diary in Ancient Greece

This is my first trip outside of the United States. I knew it would be rough not only to leave my family, but also my five cats. When I saw how many cats there were in Athens and Santorini, I fell in love. My visual narrative displays what I love the most: cats and Greek mythology. My writing takes place in 430 BC in the eyes of a cat. I will be discussing Greek mythology at different landmarks in different parts of Greece. I hope you enjoy!

Citations:

1: “Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 27 May 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_of_Olympian_Zeus,_Athens.

2: Ekdotiki, P, 2018, Greek Mythology: Athens, DIM. Papadimas Reg’t Co., 52-53.

3: Ekdotiki, P, 2018, Greek Mythology: Athens, DIM. Papadimas Reg’t Co., 28-32.

6 thoughts on “A Cat’s Diary in Ancient Greece

  1. Hi Laura – this is super cute and clever. I’m wondering, why did you chose those particular places to visit and write about? I think the narrative could have benefited from a map (even hand drawn) so I could understand where these places were. Also, why does mythology interest Shadow so much? What was the purpose of his/her travels?

    1. I chose these particular places because they all have greek mythology embedded in them, which I love. Mythology interests Shadow because he’s curious to explore and learn more about the culture he is in.

  2. The cat named σκιά! Great idea to use a cat though you raised the bar on the amount of detail you’ll need to include for your posts. You can do it!

    I have many questions for σκιά, such as are you family cat or an ancient-ruins cat? If a family, which ones and did they influence your desire for travel? If attracted to historical ruins, then how might these compare to the multiple ruins throughout Athens? Does σκιά have a favorite ruin? Is there a period of time maybe architectural designs that are appealing? How do the ruins affect the overall city? When is a ruin a ruin and not an old structure that is a hazard and ought to be knocked down?

    What makes blogs appealing is the narrative that isn’t always part of academic writing. I’m glad that you chose to provide us a window into Athens via σκιά. With a bit more context, maybe a map, perhaps a few stories on how the ruins are part of today’s comings and going, and your posts will help the rest of us participate in your travels. Of course, include more about σκιά! Are there Greek mice to eat?

    Have fun with your writing while you provide images and stories for the rest of us to partake in your new adventure abroad. I look forward to your next post.

    1. Thank you, I appreciate it! You have some great questions! Shadow was born in the wild,but he is an ancient ruins cat. The ruins throughout Athens are all unique in their own ways; I geared my blog towards ruins/temples that had Greek mythology embedded within them. The temple of Poseidon is Shadow’s favorite place because it has a beautiful view of the ocean, which he longs for in Athens. All of the places I chose to describe are amazing landmarks that should be well-preserved. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, Shadow and I appreciate it!

  3. Saludos Laura and Shadow!

    This is sort of like blog-ception. As readers we read blogs to learn and view the things you’re seeing through what you write. With this entry, not only are we doing that, but we’re then going down a layer and viewing everything through the eyes of a cat! I love it.

    I won’t overkill what the two comments above have said, but they definitely have good information. Along with what they suggested, perhaps you could find sketches or descriptions of what these ruins would have looked like in Shadow’s day? Overall, though, I love the idea of combining two of your passions in order to give your audience a different perspective!

    Can’t wait to read your next entry!
    -Nikki

    1. Thank you so much! That would be a great idea to find sketches and descriptions, I didn’t think about that at the time. Thank you for taking the time to read through my blog, I appreciate it!

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