In 2007, armed with a minor in Ancient Greek and a burning passion for all things Hellenic, I embarked on a study-abroad program to the Cradle of Western Civilization: Αθήνα, Ελλάδα (Athens, Greece). Still an undergraduate student at that time, I enrolled at Dikemes University (International Center for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies) so I could study Classical Greek archaeology and modern Greek culture up close and personal.

Over the course of my study-abroad experience, I managed to create over 2,000 digitally-born files, ranging from images (φωτογραφίες) and videos (βίντεο) to sound recordings (ηχογραφήσεις). For 10 years now, these priceless resources have been stored on discs and left to gather dust in the dark recesses of my personal office decorated with statues of the Olympian Pantheon (Ολυμπιονίκες). After learning of the inherent fragility of digital content while earning my master's in Library and Information Science, in addition to the instability of disc-based storage mediums, I decided it was time to rescue my travelogue collection from the incessant march of time (χρόνος) - and, of course, from the resulting bit-rot that accompanies it.

Additionally, I realized that while I own these resources that effectively capture Athens (Αθήνα) and its surrounding environs (Αττική) as they were in the first decade of the twenty-first century, they were doing absolutely no good. They have been silent for a decade. To remedy this dark archive of my own making, I decided it was time to make each resource publicly accessible for research and educative endeavors. Thus, two birds are being killed with one proverbial stone: important digital resources are being preserved while at the same time access is being granted to anyone who may find them interesting or useful.

I hope you enjoy these αναμνήσεις (memories) από την (of) Αρχαία (Ancient) Ελλάδα (Greece).

Ευχαριστώ και καλή τύχη!

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