|Tower of London. Photo (c) by Michele Luck.|
Through London and Paris, we heard the terms "reconstructed" and "rebuilt" a number of times. We understood this description; after all, these cities had been involved in world wars that had ravaged, not only the land, but also the landscape. As we arrived in Frankfort and Munich, we saw that these cities were very modern, and the evidence of the nation's history was evident in what we did not see.
|Munich, Germany. Photo (c) by Michele Luck|
Our true lesson started off at the Olympic Ruins as we walked down the hill from our tour bus. Our guide explained that the river had run through the region, flooding out the ancient cities, but in recent times, the ruins had been dug up and replaced on what archeologists believed to be the actual sites. She explained that the stadium was "probably" over the hill just through the gate, but that the valley where the athletes ran was set below the gods for their entertainment (and worship).
|"Probably" the Olympic Stadium. Photo (c) by Michele Luck.|
Now I understand that this is a necessity to preserve the ruins and to maintain the structures to give us a glimpse of the past, but here's where I start to have the problem...
We started seeing this evidence everywhere. We saw it in Athens at the Acropolis. We saw it at the Colosseum in Rome. We saw it with the churches in Florence.
|At Acropolis while under repair (Look at white repair cement in columns). Photo (c) by Michele Luck.|
|Colosseum in Rome with "reconstructed" levels. Photo (c) by Michele Luck.|
So, with this great Greek lesson, I want to make a suggestion to all of my teacher friends... Teach your students to look at the evidence. Teach them to question what they are taught. And teach them to trust only what they see and experience for themselves. In reality, that is the only truth!